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AT&T emails iPad 3G customers, blames ‘hackers’

AT&T has sent out an email to its iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G customers explaining the situation surrounding the recent exposure of over 100,000 customer emails and SIM ICC-ID numbers. Titled “Important Information About Your iPad 3G,” the email from AT&T Senior Vice President Dorothy Attwood states that a group of “unauthorized computer ‘hackers’” used a web address that’s part of the iPad log-in process to determine users’ iCC-ID numbers and get their email addresses. It also states that AT&T took “swift action to prevent any further unauthorized exposure of customer email addresses,” and that [w]ithin hours, AT&T disabled the mechanism that automatically populated the email address.” “I want to assure you that the email address and ICC-ID were the only information that was accessible,” Attwood writes. “Your password, account information, the contents of your email, and any other personal information were never at risk. ┬áThe hackers never had access to AT&T communications or data networks, or your iPad.” The publication of details relating to the matter recently led the FBI to launch an investigation into the matter.

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Isn’t the purpose of cyber security to prevent “hackers” from accessing this information in the first place? Maybe it’s time for AT&T to learn an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure…

Posted by Dave on June 14, 2010 at 1:51 PM (CDT)


I live in an AT&T back water area where even the AT&T repair employee’s carry Verizon phones so they can get a signal!

I have Sprint and Verizon cellphones, and they work fine here.

AT&T does not even have 3G coverage for my new IPAD!  But go figure, I have DSL from AT&T to my dock dock in the same area.  So why can’t AT&T rent space on a Sprint or Verizon tower?  Too damn cheap, I guess!  Come on Apple get rid of the AT&T lock in!

Posted by bob s. on June 19, 2010 at 6:34 PM (CDT)

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