Thursday, June 10, 2010 at 07:52 AM | Posted by LOOPRumors Staff
Michael Bloomberg, Diane Sawyer, and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel are among the 114,000 names on a recently compromised email list of early iPad 3G owners.
Gawker reports that these individuals’ email and Apple account information have been exposed, leaving them “vulnerable to spam marketing and malicious hacking.”
The securtiy lapse may have also left every iPad owner in the United States vulnerable.
“The subscriber data was obtained by a group calling itself Goatse Security. Though the group is steeped in off-the-wall, 4chan-style internet culture—its name is a reference to a famous gross-out Web picture—it has previously highlighted real security vulnerabilities in the Firefox and Safari Web browsers, and attracted media attention for finding what it said were flaws in Amazon’s community ratings system,” writes Ryan Tate.
“Goatse Security obtained its data through a script on AT&T’s website, accessible to anyone on the internet. When provided with an ICC-ID as part of an HTTP request, the script would return the associated email address, in what was apparently intended to be an AJAX-style response within a Web application. The security researchers were able to guess a large swath of ICC IDs by looking at known iPad 3G ICC IDs, some of which are shown in pictures posted by gadget enthusiasts to Flickr and other internet sites, and which can also be obtained through friendly associates who own iPads and are willing to share their information, available within the iPad ‘Settings’ application.”