Hacker Found Guilty of Breaching AT&T Site to Obtain iPad Customer Data


By Kim Zetter Threat Level Wired.com 11.20.12

A hacker charged with federal crimes for obtaining the personal data of more than 100,000 iPad owners from AT&T’s website was found guilty on Tuesday.

Andrew Auernheimer, 26, of Fayetteville, Arkansas, was found guilty in federal court in New Jersey of one count of identity fraud and one count of conspiracy to access a computer without authorization.

The jury reached its verdict just hours after being sequestered.

Auernheimer tweeted to supporters that he expected the verdict and planned to appeal.

Auernheimer and Daniel Spitler, 26, of San Francisco, California, were charged last year after the two discovered a hole in AT&T’s website in 2010 that allowed anyone to obtain the e-mail address and ICC-ID of iPad users. The ICC-ID is a unique identifier that’s used to authenticate the SIM card in a customer’s iPad to AT&T’s network.


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