Charges laid against iPad hackers

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]