Two men arrested for exploiting iPad vulnerability

Two men arrested for exploiting iPad vulnerability
Two men were arrested late Tuesday for stealing email addresses from Apple iPad users. The accused utilized the iPad's recently exposed vulnerabilities to obtain more than 100,000 email addresses, many of which belonged to prominent celebrities.

Daniel Spitler of San Francisco, Cal. and Andrew Auernheimer of Fayetville, Ark. were engaged in a competition of sorts, comparing their hacking feats and sharing them with others online. U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman concedes that there was no criminal use of the email addresses, but insists that they "don't tolerate committing crimes for street cred."

Spitler was taken before a federal court in Newark, NJ, as 16,000 of the victims were New Jersey residents. After being released on a $50,000 bail, Spitler has been ordered to refrain from using the Internet, except at his place of work.

Auernheimer is facing charges in Fayetville for both his electronic crimes, and new drug charges which resulted from a search of his home. Both defendants are confident of their innocence. Spitler insists that "The information in the complaint is false," and that "This case has been blown way out of proportion."

What do you think? Are these two really criminals? Or are they just two misguidedly gifted hackers?

source: Yahoo! News



1. zimdoc

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Heck, go into any Apple store and check the iPhone/iPads for the saved email accounts with passwords. People just are not thinking these days leaving "Important" information open to the public on something maybe 100+ people will touch in one day.

3. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

iOS doesnt reveal saved passwords. And I'd hardly call just the email address important info. That said those people are still stupid to leave their account logged in regardless of whether or not someone can get he password.

2. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Whatever they were, it's hilarious that just as you publish five hundred articles about Google's security sucking, here we have a couple of yahoos who blew past the ipad's security.

4. XxVerbalxX unregistered

eh, i dont know the laws on this exactly but to me being able to get peoples info isnt the crime, its using that info. dude wanted to see if he could do it, he did, no one got effed over. make him sign a confidentiality agreement, give him a job at apple, a pat on the ass, and send him on his merry way. but, da law is da law. wtf were u thinking pulling crap like that and leaving drugs in ur house? seriously man never get more than u can use in one sitting. safer that way

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