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iPad Emails Hacked

Friday, June 11, 2010

Farhad Manjoo, Slate's technology columnist and the author of True Enough: Learning To Live in a Post-Fact Society, explains the hacked iPad emails and what it means for cyber security.

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Comments [8]

Laurie from NJ

On June 8-11, I got three messages from the Technical Cyber Security Alert mailing list. They alerted IT security pros to serious vulnerabilities affecting all versions of Adobe Flash Player, Reader, and Acrobat; Microsoft Windows, IE, Office, Sharepoint, and .NET (the web server). "A remote attacker could exploit these vulnerabilities to execute arbitrary code." That means these security flaws could actually permit hackers to compromise (break in to) servers and desktop computers which rely on Microsoft products. That's 90% of American businesses. And yet these alerts got ZERO MEDIA COVERAGE - they are so frequent as to be routine. Whereas, a trivial leak of e-mail addresses, which could create nothing more serious than spam, got headlines even in the general media (who obviously don't understand the threat level at all). I'd suggest that everybody take a deep breath, and do some homework.

Jun. 16 2010 11:27 AM
dboy from nyc

C'mon... it's a choice! Put as much or as little as you're comfortable with, on the web. It's nobody's fault but your own if your privacy is "violated".

Email addresses - phone numbers??? What's the difference?? Just know, NONE OF IT IS PRIVATE. IT NEVER HAS BEEN.

No whining!

Jun. 11 2010 11:46 AM
Bill Form LI

How safe it it to use sites like mint.com?

Jun. 11 2010 11:44 AM
Tim from NJ

This "leak" is meaningless. It's just email addresses, come on, such things are easiily accessible. This will turn out to be nothing more than free PR for Apple, and mildly elite notariety status for the "early adpoters" involved.

Jun. 11 2010 11:41 AM
Paul Sorensen

I wanted to phone in but couldn't get reception from AT&T on my iPhone...

Jun. 11 2010 11:37 AM
pliny

the famous names were gifted the ipod
as a promotion
they are not early adopters

Jun. 11 2010 11:35 AM
Edward from NJ

What's the real damage here? As early adopters, aren't the people on this list already barraged with spam and phishing attacks? I know I am and I don't even have an iPad.

Jun. 11 2010 11:28 AM

HAHA (said in the nelson from the simpsons voice)

Jun. 11 2010 10:21 AM

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