AT&T reportedly preps for September iPhone launch

Boy Genius Report (BGR) suggests that AT&T is prepping retail employees for a September 5th iPhone launch. [In fact, the reports referenced today say between Aug. 15 and Sept. 15, but others have said Sept. 5. We doubt Apple would release a new iPhone on a Federal holiday and have adjusted the headline and copy to reflect this. - Ed.] According to BGR's sources, supervisors are being told to wrap up training as soon as possible, so that floor staff will be available to handle the traffic in September.

Rumors of a September launch have been prevalent for several weeks now. Last month Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty suggested that production will begin in August, and Reuters claimed that the next iPhone will ship in September back in April of this year.

Of course, there's only one way for us to know for sure. Wait and see.

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Goatse hacker pleads guilty to stealing iPad user data

Hacker typingDaniel Spitler, an alleged member of the Goatse Security hacking group, has pleaded guilty to breaking into AT&T's systems and obtaining the email addresses of iPad users.

The story of how a vulnerability on AT&T's website allowed outsiders to scoop up the email addresses of early adopters of the Apple iPad made huge news headlines this time last year.

Goatse (don't Google it, trust me..) bombarded the AT&T website service with thousands of requests using made-up ICC-ID codes (an internal code used to associate a SIM card with a particular subscriber).

By flooding the website with so many made-up ICC-IDC codes, some were bound to relect a genuine one, and when this happened the website believed them to be a genuine iPad user and revealed the associated email address.

Email addresses. Image source: Gawker

In total, about 120,000 iPad users were said to have had their email addresses exposed. The court in Newark, New Jersey heard that victims of the hack included New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer and Rahm Emanuel, who was the White House chief of staff at the time.

26-year old Spitler, who hails from San Francisco, is scheduled to be sentenced on September 28th, and could face a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

In all honesty, although taking the information was clearly against the law, the hack probably received so much media attention at the time purely because it was iPad-related rather than because of the data that was taken.

That's not to say that you want your email address exposed (it could potentially have become a victim of phishing attacks, for instance, targeting iPad owners) but there is presumably much more damaging information that could have been taken.

Another man, 25-year-old Andrew Auernheimer, has pleaded not guilty to the hacking charges and continues to faces prosecution.

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