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Apple iPad Hack Homes in on 'Common Problem' McAfee CTO Says

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on June 11, 2010

Though AT&T made headlines when a glitch in its Web site accidentally exposed e-mail addresses of 114,000 iPad owners, such Web-site issues are “common,” says McAfee CEO George Kurtz [].

In fact, the glitch is one of the easier security flaws to fix, Kurtz, who is also an iPad user, wrote in today’s blog. “I would guess that this application vulnerability gained so much attention because, after all, it is Apple we are talking about,” he wrote. “The hype around Apple products - like the new iPhone and iPad - is amazing. However, the reality is this type of vulnerability isn’t really news and happens all day long.”

The FBI has started an investigation into the situation, according to Bloomberg[]. Still, “… this is less about vulnerability with the iPad and more about common problems that we routinely see when performing application security assessments,” Kurtz wrote.
-Olga Kharif

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