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.
Second person ejected from courtroom for touching phone during @rabite sentencing— Paul Wagenseil (@snd_wagenseil) March 18, 2013
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