Hacker convicted by court of stealing the personal data of 120,000 AT&T Apple iPad users

Hacker convicted by court of stealing the personal data of 120,000 AT&T Apple iPad users
On Tuesday, a Federal Court jury found 27 year old Andrew Auernheimer guilty of one count of conspiracy to access AT&T's servers without permission, as well as one count of identity theft. Auernheimer and a co-defendant were accused of hacking into the carrier's servers and stole email addresses and personal information belonging to 120,000 AT&T customers using the Apple iPad. The co-defendant, Daniel Spitler, pleaded guilty last year and is awaiting sentencing. Aurenheimer can receive 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each count that he was convicted of, while Spitler is asking for a lighter 12-18 month sentence citing his cooperation..

Auernheimer and Spitler were part of 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.

source: Reuters



1. Mr_Hyde

Posts: 20; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

He had that coming...

2. AWiseGuy

Posts: 68; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

"We disagree with the prosecutors' interpretation of what constitutes unauthorized access to a computer under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act."=Tor Ekeland, defendant's lawyer Oh this I HAVE to see.

3. nicholassss

Posts: 368; Member since: May 10, 2012

So homie could face up to 600,000 years in jail and $30,000,000 for that? murders and child molesters dont even get it that bad. what a system

5. Mr_Hyde

Posts: 20; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Yeah, unfortunately those kinds of sentences aren't isolated to possible cases such as this.

7. Cynipap999

Posts: 138; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

What an absolute iTravesty. Too bad these guys weren't 17, they could have had their records sealed and released from juvi' on their 18th birthdays, respectively. Where's the justice? Cop killers, murderers, child molesters, rapists, etc, see less judicial backlash for their crimes. God bless the American legal system. And, it's good to reaffirm AT&T's inferiority.

8. tedkord

Posts: 17295; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Hope he goes to prison and gets lotsa loving.

9. kach22

Posts: 153; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

How is that possible? Apple claims that their security in iOS is top notch and second to none and that have been repeated again and again by their fans in this very pro Apple website.

12. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

pmsl pro apple reviewer there is one on here yes.....but pro apple site dream on its android central on here especially in the comments

10. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

The thing is, for those following this, they used publically available information to get this data.

11. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I guess not everyone can be like Google. Google pays hackers for finding kinks in the armor. Pinkie Pie got $60K for finding a exploit in Chrome.

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