A JURY in the US has convicted well known hacker Andrew Auernheimer of hacking into AT&T servers and stealing email addresses and personal data belonging to Ipad users.
Andrew Auernheimer, or Weev as he is known online, has promised to appeal his conviction.
Hey epals don't worry! We went in knowing there would be a guilty here. I'm appealing of course.— Andrew Auernheimer (@rabite) November 20, 2012
The US federal court jury convicted him of the hack on AT&T yesterday, saying that when he did it back in 2010 it was without permission and resulted in identity theft. He faces as much as five years in prison and fines with a lot of zeroes.
Weev is part of Goatse Security, a group that saw an hole in AT&T servers and exploited it. The episode saw the team drag data out of the AT&T servers by pretending to be an Ipad.
Goatse - please don't Google that word, you'll regret it - is made up of grey hat hackers, or security researchers, and another member, Daniel Spitler pleaded guilty to US federal charges in June 2011. He is still waiting sentencing,.
In June 2010 when it went public with the leak, Goatse Security told the Associated Press that it had contacted AT&T earlier and waited until the vulnerability was fixed.
AT&T denied that, though, saying that it fixed the problem after a heads up from a business customer.
A freeweev legal fund website, says that the data was only released to a journalist because the group thought that it was in users' best interests.
"As his reward for performing a public service, Andrew is now facing two consecutive 5-year felonies," it adds. "No good deed goes unpunished." µ