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Hackers Face Criminal Charges Over Stealing and Distributing Apple iPad’s 120,000 Users Data

U.S. prosecutors have charged two men with stealing and distributing email addresses for about 120,000 users of Apple Inc’s popular iPad. The data breach exposed some 120,000 iPad users’ e-mail addresses. Splitter and Auernheimer are alleged to have broken into AT&T’s servers back in June, exposing the data of some of this country’s best and brightest: politicians, business folk, celebrities, etc.

Investigators accused Daniel Spitler and Andrew Auernheimer of using an “account slurper” to conduct a “brute force” attack over five days last June, to extract data about iPad users who accessed the Internet through AT&T Inc’s 3G network.

Prosecutors said both defendants are associated with Goatse Security, a group of “self-professed Internet ‘trolls'” who try to disrupt online content and services. They said Auernheimer bragged in published interviews about his trolling.

The defendants were each charged with one count of fraud and one count of conspiracy to access a computer without authorization. Each charge carries a maximum punishment of five years in prison plus a $250,000 fine.


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