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AT&T exposes emails, SIM IDs of 114,000 iPad 3G users

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Wednesday, June 9, 2010
News Categories: iPad

A security hole on AT&T’s website has led to the exposure of email addresses and SIM ICC-ID numbers for 114,000 iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G users. Gawker reports that a security company known as Goatse Security discovered a script on AT&T’s website, accessible by the public, through which it obtained the data. While the security group did notify AT&T of the breach, and the company subsequently closed the security hole, the group admits it shared the PHP script it used to harvest the data with several third-parties prior to AT&T’s action, meaning that the accounts of all 114,000 known users, and possibly more, have potentially been compromised. Included in the breach were the email addresses and ICC-ID numbers of a number of high-ups in the media, tech, and financial industries, as well as a number of senior government officials, allegedly including White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. Despite the leak, a notable security expert at the University of Virginia told Gawker the exposure of ICC-ID information “has no direct security consequences.” AT&T and Apple have yet to comment on the matter.

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1

Goatse?  GOATSE???  Oh, you gotta be kidding me XDDD

Posted by Geof on June 9, 2010 at 8:33 PM (PDT)

2

“Hackers calling themselves Goatse Security revealed the flaw and shared the data with Gawker Media.”

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/10282263.stm

Posted by Bob Levens in UK on June 10, 2010 at 5:18 AM (PDT)

3

Yet another reason why I avoid AT&T at all costs. I’ll just use my soon-to-be-owned HTC EVO 4G as a portable hotspot when I need to use my iPad outside of wifi, till Apple gets free of these wonderful and VERY competent AT&T folks. </sarcasm>

Posted by Daniel S. on June 10, 2010 at 8:23 AM (PDT)

4

So you’re saying if you onw an iPad your secrity hasn’t really been breached? or it has been breached?
Please reply

Posted by B Moore on June 10, 2010 at 4:26 PM (PDT)

5

If you own an iPad 3G. someone MIGHT have gotten info via AT&T’s website. Nothing damaging, from all reports.

If you have a wi-fi only iPad, you’re absolutely fine, no worries at all.

Clear as mud?

Posted by Daniel S. on June 11, 2010 at 6:17 AM (PDT)

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