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Hass Associates Reviewhttp://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/view/31341/att-         ipad-hacker-gets-3-years-in-prison
AT&T hacker Andrew Auernheimer, a.k.a. “weev,” has been sentenced to3+ years in jail. He will spend 41 months behind bars ...
Auernheimer and his partner in crime, Daniel Spitler, wereconvicted last year of identity theft and “conspiracy to access ...
If convicted, Keys faces up to 25 years in prison, nine years ofsupervised release and a fine of $750,000.In January, inte...
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Hass Associates Review: AT&T iPad hacker gets 3+ years in prison

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AT&T hacker Andrew Auernheimer, a.k.a. “weev,” has been sentenced to 3+ years in jail. He will spend 41 months behind bars for leaking 114,000 iPad users’ emails to a Gawker reporter, who posted the information online in a redacted format.
Auernheimer will also serve an additional three years of probation and pay more than $73,000 in restitution to AT&T.
Some are applauding the sentence. “Vulnerable systems exploited by attackers can have serious consequences beyond hacktivists claiming their break-in trophies,” said Mark Bower, vice president of Voltage Security, in an email to Infosecurity. “The impact of the Keys situation was manipulation of the media, and potentially access to sensitive data. That in itself could have costly impact, depending on how readers or even industry groups might respond to a manipulated story, as well as the fallout from potential sensitive data theft. If systems used to communicate with the public can be manipulated, then there will be consequential costs and harm.”
Auernheimer and his partner in crime, Daniel Spitler, were convicted last year of identity theft and “conspiracy to access a computer without authorization.” The two used a flaw in AT&T’s set-up process for the iPad 3G to obtain unique SIM identifier numbers for iPads and from there, their owners’ email addresses.
Auernheimer maintained that he informed AT&T of the breach, which AT&T denies. Early in 2011 Auernheimer and Spitler were arrested.
Auernheimer's sentence is the latest in a string of hacking prosecution work that many say levels overly harsh penalties for relatively light offenses.

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Hass Associates Review: AT&T iPad hacker gets 3+ years in prison

  1. 1. Hass Associates Reviewhttp://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/view/31341/att- ipad-hacker-gets-3-years-in-prison
  2. 2. AT&T hacker Andrew Auernheimer, a.k.a. “weev,” has been sentenced to3+ years in jail. He will spend 41 months behind bars for leaking 114,000iPad users’ emails to a Gawker reporter, who posted the information onlinein a redacted format.Auernheimer will also serve an additional three years of probation and paymore than $73,000 in restitution to AT&T.Some are applauding the sentence. “Vulnerable systems exploited byattackers can have serious consequences beyond hacktivists claiming theirbreak-in trophies,” said Mark Bower, vice president of Voltage Security, inan email to Infosecurity. “The impact of the Keys situation wasmanipulation of the media, and potentially access to sensitive data. That initself could have costly impact, depending on how readers or even industrygroups might respond to a manipulated story, as well as the fallout frompotential sensitive data theft. If systems used to communicate with thepublic can be manipulated, then there will be consequential costs andharm.”
  3. 3. Auernheimer and his partner in crime, Daniel Spitler, wereconvicted last year of identity theft and “conspiracy to access acomputer without authorization.” The two used a flaw in AT&T’sset-up process for the iPad 3G to obtain unique SIM identifiernumbers for iPads and from there, their owners’ email addresses.Auernheimer maintained that he informed AT&T of the breach,which AT&T denies. Early in 2011 Auernheimer and Spitler werearrested.Auernheimers sentence is the latest in a string of hackingprosecution work that many say levels overly harsh penalties forrelatively light offenses.Last week, prosecutors indicted Reuters social media editorMatthew Keys for conspiracy to help the Anonymous hackingcollective break into Tribune Co. networks – in retaliation for beingfired from his job as a web producer there.
  4. 4. If convicted, Keys faces up to 25 years in prison, nine years ofsupervised release and a fine of $750,000.In January, internet activist Aaron Swartz committed suicide whilefacing trial for allegedly illegally downloading millions of scientificjournal articles from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology andJSTOR (a journal storage repository) in the name of freedom ofinformation and open-access. Swartz faced a potential sentence ofmore than 30 years in prison.Auernheimer, Keys and Swartz were charged under the ComputerFraud and Abuse Act, which Bower said is a necessary protection.“Over the years weve witnessed repeated successful attacks tocritical infrastructure, hospitals, patient data, banks, credit cardprocessors and government – the stakes are high, and so courts canttake any attacks to any critical infrastructure lightly whenestablishing the extent of punishment,” Bower opined.

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