Two charged with hacking AT&T for iPad user info

Two men were charged with hacking into AT&T servers and stealing email addresses and other information of about 120,000 iPad users


Evidence against two men includes purported internet relay chat conversations between the pair (above).

Two men were charged Tuesday with hacking into AT&T servers and stealing email addresses and other information of about 120,000 iPad users.

Andrew Auernheimer, 25, and Daniel Spitler, 26, each face one count of conspiracy to access a computer without authorisation and one count of fraud in connection with personal information. If convicted, they could receive a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

Last June, Auernheimer told CNET News that members of his hacker group, Goatse Security, had uncovered a hole in AT&T's website used by iPad customers on the 3G wireless network. Spitler is accused of writing a script called the 'iPad 3G Account Slurper' and using it to harvest AT&T customer data via a brute force attack on the site. For more on this story, read Two charged in AT&T-iPad data breach on CNET News.

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