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US Addressing Cybersecurity as a High Priority after AT&T Breach

It’s been all over the news – a breaking story at Gawker (in which Ryan Tate poorly labeled this as an Apple security breach) lead to the confusion and uproar of many as AT&T has failed to protect the privacy of their customers. With the iPad ICC ID’s and their owners on display with a simple PHP script, the US Federal Commissions is stepping up their game in order to address online security.

Reuters reports,

“AT&T, which has exclusive U.S. rights to carry the iPad and the popular iPhone, has acknowledged the security breach but said it has corrected the flaw and that only email addresses were exposed to hackers who identified a security weakness.

In a blog posting, Joel Gurin, chief of the FCC’s consumer and governmental affairs bureau, said the incident appeared to be a classic security breach that has happened to many companies.

“Our Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau is now addressing cybersecurity as a high priority,” Gurin said.”

I imagine there’s a slap on the wrist somewhere, but I doubt we’ll see any hardcore regulations going into effect anytime soon. Quite frankly, I imagine that if only the data of regular customers were revealed – with no CEO, celebrity, or other famous being exposed – we wouldn’t even hear a statement.

[via Reuters]

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