Two hackers arrested for AT&T iPad security breach

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from Omaha, NE
Published: January 18, 2011

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Way, way back in June 2010, we reported that a group calling themselves Goatse Security had exposed the email addresses of 114,000 iPad owners, including several high-profile figures. Fast-forward seven months later, and two men have been arrested for causing the breach. Andrew Auernheimer and Daniel Spitler have been charged with conspiracy to access a computer without authorization and fraud for allegedly breaking into AT&T's servers and outing the email addresses. Unsurprisingly, Auernheimer and Spitler claim that they went through with the hack to force AT&T to close the hole.

On one hand, you have to be kind of glad that these two hackers managed to out such a glaring hole in AT&T's security. On the other hand, though, it seems kind of strange that they felt the need to out over 100,000 email addresses if they were only trying to help reveal AT&T's hole. Where do you stand on the issue? Are Auernheimer and Spitler guilty, or should they be let go for showing everyone the big problem with ATT's security?

Via Engadget, WSJ (Image via Jonathan Isaacs)

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