Feds Begin Investigation of Mobile Security Issues with iPad Breach
Mobile security is taking center stage today as a federal investigation is underway of the recent iPad security breach. Recent privacy scares involving Apple's iPad and Google's Street View have prompted the Federal Communications Commission to speak out, warning businesses and consumers about lax security and highlighting its current efforts to beef up oversight. Last month, Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) revealed that its Street View cars -- deployed to collect images of cities, block-by-block -- had mistakenly captured the contents of Internet transmissions on unsecured Wi-Fi networks.
Then last week, a group of security researchers went public with a flaw in AT&T's system that they exploited to obtain the e-mail addresses of more than 100,000 owners of Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPad. FCC officials said both incidents highlight a need for greater security awareness.
"The Google and AT&T incidents are different kinds of intrusions, each worrisome in its own way, and each with a different remedy," Joel Gurin, chief of the FCC's Consumer and Government Affairs Bureau, wrote in a blog post.
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