Home » Uncategorized » Charges laid against iPad hackers
ipad-hacker

Charges laid against iPad hackers

Andrew Auernheimer and Daniel Spitler, the pair behind the theft of sensitive data belonging to more than 120,000 iPad users from AT&T’s servers, have been charged for the hacking that led to their arrest last week.

The two, using the name “Goatse Security” as a façade internet research security group, claimed responsibility for hacking into AT&T’s servers last June, apparently intending to damage the cellular company. According to U.S. Federal prosecutors at a press conference today, they’re each being charged with conspiracy to access a computer without authorization and fraud in connection with personal information.

“Each count carries a maximum of five years in prison and a fine of $250,000,” said Paul J. Fishman, a U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, during his speech at today’s press conference. “In addition, if each is convicted they will also be ordered to repay AT&T for the cost of the breach.”

“The hallmark of this criminal hacker subculture is malicious one-upsmanship,” Fishman continued, adding that “the safety and security of computer networks and computer infrastructure is an issue of national security.”

The case will undoubtedly serve as a precedent setting for future hackings, but may also prove to deter future would-be hackers from considering the idea of messing with the FBI.

“Let me be clear,” Fishman said in his closing statement. “Computer hacking is not a competitive sport.”

[Wall Street Journal]

About Raggy Jin

Check Also

wii-oculus-rift-hoverboard

Try Oculus Rift And Wii To Roam Around On The Back To The Future Hoverboard

Check out how you can fly in virtual space by using an Oculus Rift and a Wii Balance Board.

131129-amz

Amazon Appstore for Android Holiday Deals, Including Free Apps

There are tons of deals from the Amazon Appstore that will be offered starting now and throughout the holiday shopping season. They say that they will have "hundreds of titles that are eitehr free... or available between 50-90% off" the regular price.

131129-google

Black Friday: Google Play Store Apps, Games and Content on Sale All Weekend

Case in point, if you head over to the Google Play Store right now, you'll find that Google is celebrating all Cyber Weekend with discounts on all sorts of content. This includes many popular apps and games

131129-gtab

Black Friday Deal: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-Inch for $100 Off

Did you manage to score any epic Black Friday deals this morning? Are you still ...

131128-diy

Arduino Co-Creator Releases Plans for $200 DIY Mobile Phone

Mellis was one of the people who came up with the now hugely popular Arduino platform and now he has come up with plans for people to build their own cell phone for about $200 in parts.

131128-apple

No Discounts for Apple Black Friday, Just Free Gift Cards

If you were hoping to save yourself some cash as you brave the Black Friday shopping crowds, you'll want to go somewhere other than the official Apple Stores.

  • Vonn

    That is stupid… I mean if it wasnt for the hackers things would be just plain and boring… Hackers bring life to ur phones, gaming systems or whatever it is that can b hacked… Its bad enough how much we have 2 pay for these gadgets that we all love.. Then all the other extra accesories and games that u have to buy as well…. Man if i could have my cell phone control almost anything and everything in my house and have it compatible with all my electronics…. And gaming systems… That remote control cellphone… Would never b lost… But as for the other type of hackers who steal personal information, credit card numbers and all that confidential stuff… That is def wrong! That i cant support

  • Leodash

    why don’t they just apply to be their certified ethical hacker?

    could be safer that way

  • http://charlie89.ro Spalatorie Auto

    Goatse Security ??? :)) that was a touch of genius!

  • ⓢⓤⓕⓕⓘⓒⓔ

    Listen I’ve been a “hacker” for the past 6 months.
    I’ve been programming in 4 different languages for over 6 years.
    Hacking is a sport to us, we find it as a challenge.

    You are going to sit there and accuse a brilliant minds of Andrew Auernheimer and Daniel Spitler. Hackers are not always the evil people we are also the people that help you fix computers.

    If companies like Apple or Microsoft are so confident in their products why do they claim them to be “unhackable”? Maybe they should hire the people like Andrew Auernheimer and Daniel Spitler to put it to the test.

    Remember the best black hat hacker is a white hat.

    • Syam

      @ⓢⓤⓕⓕⓘⓒⓔ
      Agreed. We are exposing someone else’s shortcomings and that someone happens to be a wealthy pig – who thinks he can get back using this payroll fleet of 1000 lawyers.
      I wish they deny all allegations …..wished they used some sort of proxy or some protective cover to hide their ID.