About a week after the private e-mail addresses of 114,000 iPad 3G owners were released to the public, AT&T has sent a message to those affected, but seemed to criticize those who discovered the problem instead of really apologizing for it.
In an e-mail sent to potentially affected users over the weekend, AT&T said that their personal data was exposed because of "computer hackers" who "maliciously exploited" a hole in the way the company stored log-in information for iPad customers.
"AT&T takes your privacy seriously and does not tolerate unauthorized access to its customers' information or company websites," wrote the company in the e-mail.
Last week, a group called Goatse Security realized that AT&T was not properly securing e-mail information for its iPad 3G subscribers. After it found such names as New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and TV anchor Diane Sawyer, it sent out a list of 114,000 names and e-mail addresses - information that it should never have been able to get its hands on in the first place.
The FBI has launched an investigation into whether or not Goatse committed any crimes by making the information public. There is an unofficial sort of "code of conduct" for people who find security holes, which involves alerting the company at issue. Goatse never did that.
But the "hackers" stand by what they did. Goatse representative Escher Auerenheimer said in response to all of this: "If not for our firm talking about the exploit to third parties who subsequently notified them, they would have never fixed it. We know what we did was right."
Via Wall Street Journal
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