(The Hosting News) – In an effort to subdue the panic of the iPad masses, AT&T Senior VP, Dorothy Attwood sent a detailed email to iPad owners across the world. In part, the email reads:
“On June 7 we learned that unauthorized computer “hackers” maliciously exploited a function designed to make your iPad log-in process faster by pre-populating an AT&T authentication page with the email address you used to register your iPad for 3G service. The self-described hackers wrote software code to randomly generate numbers that mimicked serial numbers of the AT&T SIM card for iPad – called the integrated circuit card identification (ICC-ID) – and repeatedly queried an AT&T web address. When a number generated by the hackers matched an actual ICC-ID, the authentication page log-in screen was returned to the hackers with the email address associated with the ICC-ID already populated on the log-in screen.”
Attwood then stated, “We took swift action to prevent any further unauthorized exposure of customer email addresses.” “disabling the mechanism that automatically populated the email address.”
This still did not prevent over 114,000 email addresses to be exposed, including many top news journalists and government officials.
All we can hope is that the victims of this “hack” can resist the urge to respond to that Nigerian doctor, who is offering to give 30% of his 10 billion family savings or clicking the link from their banking institution to sign in and verify their account information.