iPad 3G Security Breach Exposes E-Mails

The mobile security snafu relating to Apple's hot, new mobile device, the iPad, is fixed -- but not before garnering a lot of buzz. At least one organization got access to e-mail accounts belonging to iPad owners including Michael Bloomberg and Rahm Emanuel. ESecurityPlanet explains the details of the breach and how it was resolved.

AT&T now says it has "turned off the feature" that made it possible for an independent security watchdog group to easily penetrate the telco's data networks to access the e-mail addresses of more than 114,000 Apple iPad 3G owners, including some of the biggest names in media, the military and politics.

The security gaffe, first reported by Gawker, allowed representatives from Goatse Security to uncover subscribers' e-mail addresses and match them with an associated ID used to authenticate the subscriber on AT&T's network, known as the ICC-ID.

ICC-ID stands for integrated circuit card identifier and, according to AT&T (NYSE: T), it's used to identify the SIM cards that associate a mobile device with a particular subscriber.

According to the Gawker report, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York Times Co. CEO Janet Robinson and dozens, if not hundreds, of high-ranking officials in various government and military agencies were among the 114,000-plus iPad owners affected by the breach.

On Thursday, Dallas-based AT&T said it took immediate steps to resolve the security breach.

Read the full story at eSecurity Planet:
AT&T Gaffe Exposes 114,000 iPad E-Mail Accounts


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