A very shocking news indeed, a group of hackers were able to access 144,067 email id’s of iPad owners including names of most prominent members from military officials to top level executives. A group of hackers used ICC-ID numbers to automatically pull down 144,000 email id’s of iPad users. The hackers are a part of Goatse Security who were previously been known for highlighting security vulnerabilities in Firefox and Safari web browser.
Gawker claims AT&T was aware of this security breach for some two days and they haven’t notified their customers regarding the security breach. The group has also released a list of prominent military officials and CEO’s email addresses. With respect to the security concern The New York Times has instructed their employees not to turn on 3G on their iPad until further notice.
Responding to all these concerns, AT&T has released a statement apologizing for the breach:
“AT&T was informed by a business customer on Monday of the potential exposure of their iPad ICC IDS. The only information that can be derived from the ICC IDS is the e-mail address attached to that device.
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.
The person or group who discovered this gap did not contact AT&T.
We are continuing to investigate and will inform all customers whose e-mail addresses and ICC IDS may have been obtained.
We take customer privacy very seriously and while we have fixed this problem, we apologize to our customers who were impacted.”
This incident clearly shows nothing is secured!