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Weev gets 41 months for AT&T and Apple iPad hacking

Taken straight into custody
Mon Mar 18 2013, 16:33

SELF PROCLAIMED TROLL Andrew Auernheimer, or Weev as he is mostly known online, was sentenced today for hacking into AT&T servers and stealing email addresses and personal data belonging to iPad users.

He was convicted by a jury last November for being part of Goatse Security - do not Google that word - a hacker outfit that exposed a weakness in AT&T and Apple iPad security by pretending to be an iPad.

No user information was shared, although it was compromised, and Goatse - and we don't even like to write the word - only shared certain information with journalists about the leak. It claimed to have told AT&T about the vulnerability and waited for it to be fixed before going public with the news. AT&T denied this, however.

The courtroom was packed, apparently, and a little chaotic. Auernheimer was asked to hand over his phone by a court official, but he chose to give it to his attorney, according to people tweeting from the event, and this lead to a scuffle.

A message, retweeted from his Twitter account an hour ago, said that others were ejected from the court for touching their phones.

Auernheimer's sentence for pretending to be an iPad could have been as long as 10 years. According to Tim Pool, a Time journalist in attendance, he was sentenced to 41 months, or almost three and a half years, followed by three years of supervised release.

Tweets from the courthouse said that he must pay AT&T $73,000 in restitution, and that he was taken into custody immediately. µ


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