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AT&T Breach Leaker: Mainstream Media Ignored Us

Group says Gawker did not pay for tip

Gawker took its Apple-taunting up a notch on Wednesday, with a report by Valleywag’s Ryan Tate about a security breach by AT&T potentially exposing the e-mail addresses of thousands of iPad owners – including media A-listers New York Times Co. CEO Janet Robinson, Diane Sawyer, Harvey Weinstein and Michael Bloomberg. (Gawker went with this headline – “Apple’s Worst Security Breach: 114,000 iPad Owners Exposed” – though Tate said in the fifth paragraph that “the slip up appears to be AT&T’s fault.”)

Gawker was alerted to the breach by a group calling itself Goatse Security. And though it paid to acquire the next-generation iPhone allegedly found at a Silicon Valley bar, an embarrassing incident for Apple, Gawker said it did not pay for this scoop.

What’s more, the group says it alerted mainstream organizations – Reuters, Reuters, News Corp., the Washington Post and San Francisco Chronicle — about the breach, but was uniformly ignored.

"I disclosed this to other press organizations first and was ignored," Weev wrote in an e-mail to Forbes. "[G]awker found out and ran with it immediately."

Weev added: "We did a benefit analysis and decided they could take our story viral the fastest."

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