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AT&T breach exposes 114,000 iPad owners' email addresses

By Matthew
Jun 9, 2010
  1. According to Valleywag, a security breach at AT&T has exposed confidential information about thousands of iPad owners. It's reported that a hacker group calling itself Goatse Security exploited a vulnerability in AT&T's site to obtain the email addresses and associated ICC-IDs of 114,067 people, including "dozens of CEOs, military officials, and top politicians."

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  2. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,055   +970

    Hey, at least we found something that the iPad is good for.
     
  3. myrmidonks

    myrmidonks TS Rookie Posts: 65

    Good one...
     
  4. ye haaaa

    technology isn't it Great ...... :)
     
  5. Jesse

    Jesse TechSpot Staff Posts: 369   +40

    You can't put this one in apple's lap, captaincranky.
     
  6. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,055   +970

    Well, maybe not directly. But still, it's nice to see that Apple's product has become an "equal opportunity" target for hackers. Maybe it's the lure of social elitism, that motivates criminals to want to know more about the owners of such a wonderful toy. Can we play with it too? That sort of thing.
     
  7. wait.....they're called GOATSE security????!??!?!
     
  8. As a software engineer I can see that MOST companies focus on functionality first and leave security as an afterthought. At my work we store store the SSN, driver license images/info with full address and name unencrypted in the database. It has been pointed out as a security hole for YEARS, but it has not been addressed because the customer is not aware of it AND regulators don't require it.

    Remember, any company will do the LEAST amount of work on security because security does not sell most line of business software -- it is functionality. Yes, there is a liability of data breaches and the associated costs of lawsuits, but that cost is trivial in comparison to off-shoring ALL back office and testing functions.

    What happens when the offshore company goes under, or sells your data to competitor? Given that you no longer have the knowledge to run your back office, you can't quickly in-house and the company is dead. Virtually no company thinks or addresses this in their disaster mitigation plans. But short term gain vs. long term strategy is the name of the game these days...
     
  9. Docnoq

    Docnoq TS Rookie Posts: 141

    Hahaha that's the first thing that I noticed too. Classic.
     
  10. paynetrain007

    paynetrain007 TS Rookie Posts: 88

    You can't blame it directly on Apple, But Apple and AT&T go hand and hand. These hackers wanted to go after Apple directly. So I say you can partially put the blame on Apple for being such *****s and claiming "unhackable" hardware/software
     
  11. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,691   +337

    I don't know what you are talking about, I've never seen Apple make such a remark about being unhackable. It wasn't even Apple's hardware or software involved in this, nobody is to blame here except AT&T.
     
     
  12. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,055   +970

    Actually they have, but by virtue of omission. This goes back to the "I'm a PC" ad campaign. If you'll remember, the PC catches a virus in one of the sequence, but of course, the Mac is immune. BUY MAC....yay...!
     
  13. jgvmx

    jgvmx TS Rookie Posts: 46

    The ipad got goatse'd
     
  14. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,691   +337

    CC - I don't see how that is saying they are unhackable, its just illustrating the amount of viruses on each. In any case, that is a totally separate scenario than this - a consumer computer OS vs AT&T and their security. Apple isn't even involved in this, I don't know how you guys can justify Apple being to blame for AT&T getting hacked.
     
  15. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,055   +970

    OK, given the oversimplification of this particular ad campaign. They make it quite clear that the Mac is still standing. There's never any disclaimer that there are also viruses that can affect Mac. There's no question that the PC is dead, and the Mac lives.
    I agree, Apple and its iPad owners got it stuck to them by proxy. In this case, I don't subscribe to At&t, nor do I own an iPad, and I feel I'm all the luckier for it.
     
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