All iPads Are a Security Risk, Hacker Group Claims
A security group that obtained the email addresses of 114,000 iPad users from exclusive service provider AT&T is now claiming that all iPads are a security risk to their owners.
The group, called Goatse Security, defended itself in the new statement and blamed AT&T for messing up, though not in language that mild.
Goatse Security said that it easily exploited AT&T's security infrastructure in obtaining the email addresses of prominent iPad users, such as New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York Times CEO Janet Robinson.
The group – responsibly in its opinion – contacted AT&T about the breach so the company could fix it, and only went public with the information days later by contacting the media outlet Gawker. Goatse Security said AT&T should have alerted its client base right away about the issue, rather than drag its feet.
"When we disclosed this, we did it as a service to our nation," wrote Escher Auernheimer of Goatse Security. "We love America and the idea of the Russians or Chinese being able to subvert American infrastructure is a nightmare."
In this statement, Goatse Security spoke of several other iPad vulnerabilities that skilled and unskilled hackers could target. For example, Aurnheimer said he made a hack for Apple's Safari browser back in March that has been fixed on Macs but not on the iPad. He said that AT&T has not adequately informed iPad users of this and other threats.
"The iPad simply is not a safe platform for those that require a secure environment," the group said.
In its letter, AT&T advised its customers that the email address issue raised by Goatse Security was resolved and that iPad owners should feel completely safe about using their tablet computers.
"AT&T acted quickly to protect your information – and we promise to keep working around the clock to keep your information safe," wrote Dorothy Attwood, AT&T's senior vice president and public policy and chief privacy officer.
As of this moment, AT&T has not responded to the rebuttal from Goatse Security.