Last year hackers made headlines when AT&T announced to a security breach that had allowed hackers to access the personal data from 114,000 iPad 3G users. On Thursday, 26-year old Daniel Spitler from San Francisco pleaded guilty to two crimes: conspiracy to gain unauthorized access to computers and identity theft. Spitler faces up to 10 years in prison — five years for each count, according to The Wall Street Journal. “Computer hackers are exacting an increasing toll on our society, damaging individuals and organizations to gain notoriety for themselves,” said U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman in New Jersey. “Daniel Spitler’s guilty plea is a timely reminder of the consequences of treating criminal activity as a competitive sport.” Fishman’s statements are clearly also aimed at other hackers; LulzSec and Anonymous, two hacking groups, recently announced that they have joined forces to attack the U.S. government. That’s in addition to recent hacks on Sony — which LulzSec took responsibility for — and Citigroup. Spitler will be sentenced on September 28th. More →
The United States International Trade Commission said Thursday that it will re-investigate patent infringement claims that Nokia filed against Apple in May 2010. In March, an ITC panel ruled that Apple did not infringe on Nokia’s patents related to speech and data transmission, device positioning, and antenna configurations, and this time around it will only examine two of the five patents named in the original case. That’s just a fraction of the patent suits Nokia has filed against the Cupertino-based company, though. Paul Melin, Nokia’s vice president of intellectual property, said Nokia now has 46 patent suits open against Apple as of March, when Nokia claimed the iPhone maker was infringing on seven additional patents. More →
Blogs were outraged Wednesday following the rediscovery that 3G-enabled iOS devices like the iPhone store a record of users’ GPS positions in a local file. Of course every person with an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch agreed to let Apple store and use this information, but it’s much more fun to get outraged than it is to read terms and conditions. No matter — for those who don’t want their iPhones to remember that they were pillaging a Dunkin’ Donuts instead of working out at the gym, there is now a simple answer: untrackerd. Jailbroken iDevice owners can now install a simple utility that will stop their devices from storing this information. The app is free and is available in the BigBoss repository, but the app might just be a temporary solution — according to Daring Fireball’s John Gruber, the file that stores location history is actually a cache file that should be cleared out occasionally but isn’t due to a bug or an oversight. Gruber thinks the bug will be fixed in the next iOS update, though no timeline is available at the moment. More →
AT&T on Friday dropped the price of Apple’s original iPad Wi-Fi + 3G models to all-time lows. While supplies last, AT&T is offering the 64GB iPad Wi-Fi + 3G model for just $529 — $300 below the tablet’s initial launch price. AT&T lists the steep discount as an online-only price. The 16GB iPad Wi-Fi + 3G model is now just $429 online while supplies last, and the 32GB model is sold out, which may explain why its logical price point is now occupied by the 64GB iPad. Remaining inventory of the original iPad models is thought to be extremely low at this point, so it is unclear how long these deals will last. More →
While the fallout continues over last week’s security breach which saw hackers gain access to the email addresses of some 114,000 AT&T iPad 3G customers continues, AT&T’s VP of public policy and Chief Privacy Officer Dorothy Attwood today sent out an email to everyone of AT&T’s iPad 3G data plan subscribers to explain the situation. While email addresses were obtained by the hackers, Attwood contends that the hackers were unable to access more critical things such as account passwords, AT&T’s network, or user’s iPads. Attwood also said that as soon as AT&T learnt of the hack on June 7th, it took swift action to prevent any further unauthorized exposure of customer email addresses” and patched up the hole which made the hack possible “within hours.” Of course this raises the whole question as to why it took AT&T six days to notify its customers that hackers had gained control of some of their personal information, but we imagine the FBI’s investigation into the matter might help clear some things up. You know, that or the surely dozens of lawsuits that are going to be filed over the matter. Hit up the jump to check out the email in its entirety.
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And here comes the FBI. Speaking to Wall Street Journal, an FBI spokesperson confirmed that the FBI has opened an investigation into the security breach which saw the confidential information of some 114,067 iPad 3G owners being retrieved. Despite the claims of Gawker, the site which broke the story, AT&T contends that the issue had been discovered and fixed the day before the story broke. Although security experts claim there it’s unlikely that further harm will come from the leak, there is still the off chance that the email addresses — some of which belong to high level members of the government and military — could fall into the wrong hands of an even worse group of people and become open game for hackers. More →
Um, wow. Gawker revealed today that a group of hackers from Goatse Security (no joke) were recently able to breach AT&T’s servers and obtain confidential user info on a significant amount of AT&T’s iPad 3G users. AT&T eventually patched up the hole in its system after being informed of its existance by Goatse Security, but that was after the confidential information such as email addresses of an estimated 114,067 iPad 3G users — including top level government officials, high-ranking military officers, and Fortune 500 CEOs — were exposed. Here’s how the data was obtained.
When provided with an ICC-ID as part of an HTTP request, the script would return the associated email address, in what was apparently intended to be an AJAX-style response within a Web application. The security researchers were able to guess a large swath of ICC IDs by looking at known iPad 3G ICC IDs, some of which are shown in pictures posted by gadget enthusiasts to Flickr and other internet sites, and which can also be obtained through friendly associates who own iPads and are willing to share their information, available within the iPad “Settings” application.
To make AT&T’s servers respond, the security group merely had to send an iPad-style “User agent” header in their Web request. Such headers identify users’ browser types to websites.
The group wrote a PHP script to automate the harvesting of data. Since a member of the group tells us the script was shared with third-parties prior to AT&T closing the security hole, it’s not known exactly whose hands the exploit fell into and what those people did with the names they obtained. A member tells us it’s likely many accounts beyond the 114,000 have been compromised.
It goes without saying that this is an incredibly serious issue, and is one that most definitely gain more exposure over the coming days. In some ways, we have to wonder what is more concerning: the fact that people outside of the Goatse Security are believed to have accessed the information, or that AT&T knew this happened and did not fess up. Either way, we know which one is the least surprising.
It’s not known whether or not Apple was ever made aware of the situation. Both companies have declined to comment on the matter. More →
All of the kicking and screaming over AT&T’s decision to drop its $30 unlimited data has paid off for iPad 3G owners in waiting. Today AT&T put the word out through its Facebook that anyone who places an order for an iPad before June 7th will be able to sign up for the $30 unlimited data plan. This means that even if your iPad has yet to ship from one of Apple’s factories in China on or after June 7th, you’ll be able to avoid being stuck with the $25 2GB plan. More →
Live in Canada, the UK, Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain or Switzerland and want an iPad? Then break out your credit card and hit up your country’s respective online Apple Store, as online pre-orders for the smash-hit tablet that nobody needs, but a lot of people really want are now live. In Canada and the UK, the Wi-Fi model starts at $549 and £429 (inc. VAT), while the Wi-Fi + 3G model starts at $679 and £529 (inc. VAT). You’ll definitely be paying a premium over what the Yanks are paying, but it’s not as if you’re not already doing so for everything else you own. More →
Although there’s still 21 days to go before the Apple iPad is goes on sale in the UK, that hasn’t stopped Orange from whetting people’s appetites for the 3G model with its announcing its iPad-specific data plans. If casual 3G data is what you’re after, £2 a day will get you the iPad Daily plan which is good for 200MB until midnight on the day of purchase. Other than than that, £7.50 nets the iPad Weekly plan which offers 1GB of data, whilst the iPad Monthly plans go for £15 and £25 and offer 3GB and 10GB of data alongside browsing at Orange and BT Openzone Wi-Fi hotspots (although a 750MB fair use cap applies) . If all of this is too much fuss, there’s always the option of paying 5p per megabyte. Both Orange and Apple will be providing Micro SIMs free of charge with orders being accepted starting May 10th. More →
Yes, the delay sure does suck, but everyone living in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK will be able to grab an iPad to call their own on Friday, May 28. Just don’t bother calling your local Apple Store to ask how much it’ll set you back because pricing will be announced at a later date. Live elsewhere? If so, we sure hope its either Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand or Singapore as they’re all penciled in to get the iPad come July. Just promise us you’ll play it safe and pre-order, okay? We wouldn’t want anyone to get left behind.
UPDATE: And we’ve got pricing. Since we’re an English-speaking blog we’ll stick to Canada and the UK. Check it out after the jump. More →
With the iPad’s Canadian launch delayed until the end of May, we thought we’d give those with glowing hearts who made the trek into the home of the brave a hand in getting their new gadget up and running on one of Canada’s four HSPA+ carriers. A lot of people have written in and put in requests for help — and with the dollar basically on par we’re sure that we’re going to get even more before the official Canadian launch — so we thought we’d do our part and help out our early adopting friends in the Great White North. Getting the iPad Wi-Fi + 3G up and running in Canada is as easy 1, 2, 3. As always, the nitty gritty is after the jump.
Those iPad 3G owners who have standing plans for a romantic trip with your new iToy to Paris in the fall, or the Mediterranean this winter might want to think again. AT&T has released the international data roaming plans for Apple’s latest creation, and the pricing is still out of control not cheap. The available “Data Global Add-On” packs look like this:
- 20 MB: $24.99/month
- 50 MB: $59.99/month
- 100 MB: $119.99/month
- 200 MB: $199.99/month
The packs can be purchased directly from the iPad 3G by navigating to: Settings > Cellular Data. The international roaming pricing is in line with the international data packs for the iPhone; however, the iPad add-ons do not auto-renew every month. The iPad also gives you the option to schedule when the data bucket will be added to your account, allowing you to purchase/schedule the service before you travel — the add-on packs stay in effect for 30 days, and you must have a domestic data plan in order to purchase an international data plan. What do you think? It’s 2010, is $1.00-$1.25/MB still too much to be paying for international data, or have we been spoiled with our unlimited data buckets in the U.S.? More →