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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]

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  • 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.