Don't Sweat the iPad Security Breach*

*Unless you're worried about AT&T's basic ability to protect your data
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 10, 2010 8:09 AM CDT
Customers are silhouetted at the launch of the new iPad tablet computer at an Apple store in central in Rome, Italy, Friday, May 28, 2010.   (AP Photo/Angelo Carconi)

(Newser) – Fear not, iPad users. The AT&T security screw-up that gave hackers free and easy access to your email address probably isn’t anything to lose sleep over in and of itself, writes John Herrman of Gizmodo. The leak, which could have affected anyone with a 3G-capable iPad, wouldn’t have revealed anything except your email address. “Net effect: spam!”

“But to play down this leak due to the relatively harmless nature of the exposed data is to miss the point,” Herrman continues. “A thing that customers had assumed to be private, and entrusted to AT&T, was inadvertently made public.” This company has loads of personal data on all its users, and there’s pretty much nothing you can do to ensure they keep it safe. So maybe a little worry is in order.

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