AT&T Inc. has acknowledged that a hacker group found a way to reach 114,000 e-mail addresses of Apple iPad customers using AT&T’s 3G wireless internet service, The Associated Press reported today. The vulnerability relates to a convenience feature that automatically brings up a user’s e-mail address for logging in to his or her AT&T account.
The hacker group, Goatse Security, said it contacted AT&T and waited until AT&T corrected the problem until making the issue known publically, AP reported. AT&T will notify all affected iPad customers, the news bureau said.
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