Are you an early adopter of the iPad? If so, beware. Your email information might have been compromised along with 114,000 other owners; and possibly every iPad 3G owner in the United States.
iOuch. But if you are a victim, you’re in good company. Along with several big wigs and celebrities, your risk of spam marketing and malicious hacking have increased. Valleywag reports:
The breach, which comes just weeks after an Apple employee lost an iPhone prototype in a bar, exposed the most exclusive email list on the planet, a collection of early-adopter iPad 3G subscribers that includes thousands of A-listers in finance, politics and media, from New York Times Co. CEO Janet Robinson to Diane Sawyer of ABC News to film mogul Harvey Weinstein to Mayor Michael Bloomberg. It even appears that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel’s information was compromised.
According to Valleywag and several other news articles, the data breach appears to be AT&T’s fault.
Exacerbating the situation is that AT&T has not yet notified customers of the breach, judging from the subscribers we and the security group contacted, despite being itself notified at least two days ago. It’s unclear if AT&T has notified Apple of the breach.
Timing of the breach couldn’t be worse. Rumors of AT&T and Apple’s relationship aside, it’s Internet Safety Month!