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AT&T-iPad Hacker Confirms His Fault
28 July 2011
After being charged for hacking AT&T Inc servers and stealing the private information of 120,000 Apple Inc iPad consumers, Andrew Auernheimer is in conversations to confirm his fault after his defender did the same a month ago.
He was charged on July 6 by a Newark, a federal grand jury in New Jersey on a secret harmful plan to gain illicit access to systems and also on identity stealing. His defender Daniel Spitler confirmed his fault on June 23 for the same charges.
On Wednesday's order, U.S. District Judge Susan Wigenton set Auernheimer's case on hold justifying that "plea negotiations are currently in progress and both the United States and the defendant desire additional time to finalize a plea agreement, which would render trial of this matter unnecessary."
Auernheimer belongs to Fayetteville, Arkansas and is on bail. His public defender, Candace Hom didn't return demands for comment instantly. A female representative for U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman refused to say anything.
Prosecutors states Auernheimer and Spitler were both associated with Goatse Security, a team of "Internet trolls" that attempts to alter online content and services. The government states both of them last June used an "account slurper" designed to pair email addresses with so-called "integrated circuit card identifiers" for iPad consumers. Once successful, the slurper carried out a "brute force" attack to pull information about those consumers, who used the Internet through AT&T's network.
AT&T got associated with Apple in the US to offer wireless service on the iPad. After hacking, it closed the feature which helped to gain email addresses.
Spitler may face a 12- to 18-month prison at his sentencing, planned for Sept. 28.