iPad Security Breach: How it first happened

Following on from our report last week, which informed you about the 114,000 Apple iPad devices that hackers managed to obtain personal details from, we now have an article for you to read which explains how this happened.

Firstly, if you don’t know the whole story – visit the original article here to get a heads-up on arguably AT&T’s biggest mess-up ever.

A new report by Gizmodo has included a screenshot which shows the AT&T menu that pops up on your iPad when customers sign up for the 3G service on the device. The purpose of this menu helps AT&T to identify your details by looking at the SIM serial number, and it then asks for your email address so they can contact you.

This little menu alone, was the primary target for the group of hackers and it was because of this menu that they were able to gain access to at least 114,000 email accounts, including some pretty high government figures in the U.S.

AT&T has obviously disabled the feature now so it can’t happen again, and are currently investigating further into the incident. However, there is no turning back the clock, and these email addresses and other personal information were clearly in the wrong hands.

What are your thoughts on the whole situation? What do you think will happen to AT&T?

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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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