a group of internet trolls called Goatse Security, and according to the prosecution, the pair used an "account slurper" that matched email addresses with "integrated circuit card identifiers" for Apple iPad users, and used a "brute force" attack to gsather information and data about those who used their iPad over AT&T's pipeline. To prove that they had obtained personal records for ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, some of the information was leaked to Gawker who published a story about the stolen information.
Aurenheimer is free on bail and his lawyer says he plans on appealing to the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. After it's servers were compromised, AT&T shut down the feature on the Apple iPad that allowed email addresses to be obtained.