Goatse Security, the "hackers" which AT&T blamed for the iPad security breach, have responded to the carrier's letter sent to the 114,000 customers affected, saying that had they not notified the media (Gawker), Chinese hackers would've done far worse.
Our sister site Gawker was alerted to the security issue last week by Goatse Security, who today wrote on their blog that:
"If not for our firm talking about the exploit to third parties who subsequently notified them, they would have never fixed it and it would likely be exploited by the RBN or the Chinese, or some other criminal organization or government (if it wasn't already)."
The security breach has been deemed so massive, that the FBI has waded in, labeling it as a "potential cyberthreat." The full letter, written by Goatse Security member Escher Auernheimer, can be viewed on their blog—and is an interesting read not just for individuals whose email addresses were compromised, but for anyone who has the slightest interest in their own personal security in this digital age. [Goatse Security]