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iPad hacker charged with drug possession felony

One of the members of the group that exposed a security gap in Apple's iPad was arrested Tuesday at his home in Fayetteville, Ark., and faces four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance.

The Washington County Sheriff’s office said that Andrew “Escher” Auernheimer, 24, was found with cocaine, ecstacy and LSD.

Auernheimer told the Post in an interview last week that his group, Goatse Security, was doing a public service in revealing the security hole that exposed the e-mail addresses and unique device ID for the “sim” cards for 114,000 users of Apple's iPad tablet. The group breached At&T's network to expose the hole, and AT&T has accused the hackers of “maliciously” attacking its site.

The sheriff's office declined to say whether Auernheimer’s arrest was related to the FBI’s investigation into the iPad incident and referred all calls to the FBI in New Jersey, where AT&T is headquartered.

FBI spokesman Bryan Travers said Wednesday that the bureau had searched Auernheimer’s residence last week as part of its investigation into the iPad security breach.

Ariana Eunjung Cha

By Ariana Eunjung Cha  |  June 16, 2010; 2:08 PM ET
Categories:  AT&T , Apple , Consumers  
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