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Two charged with data theft from June ’10s AT&T hack…

January 19, 2011 2 comments

Reported today by infosecurity-us and others, the two men (Andrew Auernheimer, 25, of Fayetteville, Ark., and Daniel Spitler, 26, of San Francisco, California) who had fleeting fame after publishing insecurities in the AT&T iPad website in June 2010 have been arrested and charged with one count of conspiracy to access a computer without authorization, and one count of fraud in connection with personal information.  Each count carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

You can find the formal press release on the Justice.gov site.

The original hack involved farming the subscriber details off AT&Ts site by presenting it with random ID codes. Unfortunately, while demonstrating a weakness in a site is often not prosecuted, the pair went on to retrieve 120,000 subscriber details and then passed them on Gawker, who published a redacted list amongst much fanfare. This distribution of personal data will probably get them into a lot of hot water.  Read more…

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