What! Apple iPad Users Email Addresses Have Been Exposed On Web?

ipad users email hackedDue to a mal function in AT&T’s Web site recently more than 100,000 email addresses of the iPad buyers has been exposed on the web.

Report says  a hacking group named Goatse Security downloaded the data, which obtained the informtionthat the data was downloaded by a hacking group known as Goatse Security. The true cause behind Goatse Security divulging this information is yet unknown. Thy could have followed the generally accepted vulnerability disclosure ethics and should contact  AT&T directly to alert them of the error, and allowed AT&T a reasonable amount of time to take action to the issue before publicizing the discovery. And, of course, an ethical disclosure would not include leaking out the compromised data. Perhaps the actual intention of Goatse Security was to embarrass AT&T or Apple. By guessing ICC-ID numbers, the hackers were able to download 114,000 e-mail addresses.

“AT&T was informed by a business customer on Monday of the potential exposure of their iPad ICC-IDs,” AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel said in an e-mail message on Wednesday. “This issue was escalated to the highest levels of the company and was corrected by Tuesday; and we have essentially turned off the feature that provided the e-mail addresses.”

AT&T stated that the only information hackers could have hacked due to this bug was the e-mail address attached to the iPad. This could have been misused by the spammers.

AT&T has planned to notify its customers whose e-mail addresses were obtained, Siegel said. “At this point, there is no evidence that any other customer information was shared.”


Gawker published some of the information it said it received from a hacking group, obscuring some details.



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