A security hole in the website of AT&T Inc., the sole U. S. provider of wireless service for the Apple Inc. tablets, had exposed iPad users' email addresses. This indicated that corporations still face problems in protecting private information. Goatse Security, a small group of computer experts, has claimed responsibility for the intrusion. The group had done so in order to find numbers that identify iPads connected to AT&T's mobile network.
The group shared that it was able to uncover 114,000 email addresses of thousands of iPad customers with the help of those numbers. The costumers included well-known officials in companies, politics and the military.
AT&T shared that it had fixed the security problem by Tuesday. It added that it would notify all customers whose email addresses and iPad IDs may have been attained.
AT&T said, "At this point, there is no evidence that any other customer information was shared. We take customer privacy very seriously, and while we have fixed this problem, we apologize to our customers who were impacted".
The hole grew out of an attempt by AT&T to make it easier for customers to renew subscriptions, according to Ed Amoroso, Chief Security Officer at AT&T.
Mr. Amoroso added that when the customers gave AT&T their emails, they were signed up for cellular service. Then those email addresses were pre-entered by the carrier so that customers wouldn't have to retype it, when renewing it. The flaw was discovered a month ago.