AT&T Apologizes, Blames Hackers for IPad E-mail Breach

Monday Jun 14th 2010 by Staff

Carrier issues an apology on Sunday for a hack that exposed thousands of e-mail addresses of iPad customers last week.

PC World: A hacking group called Goatse Security obtained about 114,000 e-mail addresses of people such as White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg by exploiting an authentication page on AT&Ts Web site.

The group found that entering a correct serial number for the iPad's SIM card, called an integrated circuit card identification (ICC-ID), the log-in page would return an e-mail address associated with that iPad. They wrote code that would randomly generate those serial numbers and queried the Web site until an e-mail addresses were returned, according to AT&T.

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