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114,000 email addresses revealed by iPad e-mail leak

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An iPad e-mail leak showed every single one of a lot more than 114,000 early-adopter iPad e-mail addresses. To activate their iPads, users needed to give up their email address. This iPad e-mail leak has jeopardized not only the e-mail addresses of day to day individuals but additionally White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. This info leak not only exposes hundreds of thousands of AT and T customers, it also raises questions about the exclusive contract between Apple and AT and T.

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Every 3G iPad users are affected by iPad email leak

The iPad e-mail leak has, as far as most sources can tell, affected all owners of the iPad 3G. AT and T requires an e-mail address to activate the wireless data capabilities of the $800 device. On the market for only two months, the iPad 3G has been purchased and activated by a lot more than 114,000 users. Each one of these e-mail addresses is associated with an ICC-ID, an integrated circuit card identifier -- basically, proof of identity of the device. With the ICC-ID and e-mail address, hackers could easily launch a mass attack to gain access to the information contained on the iPad.

Big names afflicted by the iPad e-mail leak

The iPad e-mail leak affects many individuals, but there are serious concerns about some of the biggest names. The list of leaked iPad 3G e-mail addresses include William Eldridge, who is a commander of a strategic bomber group in the air force. Hundreds of U.S. Department of Justice, NASA, FCC and Army addresses have been integrated on the list. Federal court system employees, FAA, National Institutes of Health, Citigroup, Microsoft and Dow Jones corporate e-mail addresses were found. It is certain that some of these companies and agencies have used developers to create additional layers of security; but in contrast to all of the Android devices, the notoriously closed-loop Apple systems can be difficult to upgrade the security on.

Having the iPad mail leak exposed

The iPad e-mail leak is based on some kind of weak spot within the AT and T network that was released by Goatse Security. The exact same security group that revealed it revealed holes in Safari, Amazon, and Firefox within the past. As outlined by what Goatse said, they used only data and scripts which were publicly available to find the safety hole that the iPad e-mail leak exploited. Before going public with the iPad e-mail leak, Goatse notified AT and T, who closed the security hole. AT and T has not yet notified owners of the iPad 3G whose e-mail addresses may are compromised, two days after they were informed of the security hole.

AT and T and Apple agreement questions

This is just probably the most recent problem Apple users have had with AT and T. The carrier is known for a slow network and dropped calls. The troubles with AT and T’s network have gotten so bad that even Steve Jobs couldn't get the new iPhone to work during his WWDC presentation. Apple said their exclusive AT and T contract is going to last a few a lot more years. Given security breaches like this, slow networks and a lack of customer conversation, one has to wonder if that contract could be honored.


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