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Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 01/19/2011

Feds charge two in connection with iPad hacks

By Hayley Tsukayama

Federal prosecutors have charged two men, Andrew Auernheimer, 25, of Fayetteville, Ark., and Daniel Spitler, 26, of San Francisco, Calif., with one count of conspiracy to access a computer without authorization and one count of fraud in connection with personal information each, in connection with an alleged conspiracy to hack
AT&T's servers, according to a press release from the FBI.

The two men are allegedly the same people who exposed the e-mail addresses of about 120,000 iPad users last June.

The men are associated with a group of hackers known as GoatseSecurity, presumably named for an obscene Internet meme, who said last June that they hacked AT&T's system to alert consumers to problems with the system. According to the New York Times, an informer provided federal agents with more than 150 pages of chat logs between the two men discussing the data taken from the AT&T servers and how best to use it.

The press release said Auernheimer was arrested in Fayetteville while appearing in Arkansas state court on unrelated drug charges; Spitler surrendered to FBI agents in Newark.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 19, 2011; 11:23 AM ET
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This is a really bogus case, and they're going to have a very hard time prosecuting it. The main reason the case is being pursued is because AT&T is in bed with the government, and when they whine, law enforcement jumps around like puppets.

The data AT&T left completely exposed to the net was not secured in any way. This is elaborate blame shifting & malicious prosecution. The people who copied it didn't destroy any of it, informed the company, and only sent samples to media outlets.

By doing this, AT&T is inviting full disclosure of any security issues anyone finds in their products in a way that totally ignores any of their corporate interests. If they wanted to stir up bad blood in the security industry, well they're doing a great job at it.

Posted by: Nymous | January 20, 2011 1:54 AM | Report abuse

So if I come by and find Nymous' door unlocked it's perfectly acceptable for me to go in and walk out with his stuff, as long as he gets it back?

Posted by: wiredog | January 20, 2011 7:36 AM | Report abuse

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