Auernheimer sentenced to 41 months for breaching AT&T servers

By Shawn Knight · 13 replies
Mar 18, 2013
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  1. Andrew Auernheimer will spend the next three years and five months of his life in prison. The 27-year-old was sentenced today in federal court in Newark, New Jersey, after being convicted on November 20 of breaching AT&T’s servers, stealing personal...

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  2. TheBigFatClown

    TheBigFatClown TS Guru Posts: 684   +253

    The guy should be hired as a security consultant not put in prison. What was the damage as a result of the security breach other than releasing a list of names to prove what he did?
  3. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,728   +3,703

    Honestly if this is the case, what the **** is he being prosecuted for?
  4. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    I would be more concerned with what he did with the information he stole. Besides the fact that he willingly exploited a security flaw, one must wonder WHY he did it. Did he do it to show AT&T how weak their security was? Did he do it because like most hacktivist he was looking for a opportunity? Way too many questions that we dont have the answers for.
    I really got a great laugh at the comment "That the internet is bigger then any one country or Laws". Be that as it may, he didnt hack the internet. He hacked a cellular providers website and servers. A company that resides in the US. I think the time that he got was somewhat fair, provided he didnt make any extra cash selling other ppls information that he stole in the first place.
  5. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 955   +515

    AT&T feels butthurt over the whole situation, and they have the money/power to sway the outcome -_-
  6. johnehoffman

    johnehoffman TS Enthusiast Posts: 27   +35

    Stealing is stealing, whether it is over the Internet or physically in person. If someone enters a house and steals something, he is not entitled to get away with it because the owner of the house had left the door unlocked.

    Neither was this a victimless crime. AT&T had to spend time and money notifying its customers and those customers had to spend time changing passwords and possibly notifying banks, etc. And those expenses get passed along to someone, whether to employees who are paid less as a result, to shareholders who get less dividends as a result, or to customers whose charges for ATT service are higher than they would otherwise have been.
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  7. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 855   +121

    Apparently the information was wide-open and required little to no skill to access. His sentence is ridiculously harsh for releasing a list of email addresses.
  8. Goatse Security.. rofl
    spydercanopus likes this.
  9. "breaching"? "stealing"?
    You guys aren't helping the internet one bit.
  10. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    3 years and that fine, that's some serious penalty for not having breached any security.
  11. Zoltan Head

    Zoltan Head TS Booster Posts: 247   +27

    The article reads:- "Three years ago, Auernheimer discovered a security flaw in an AT&T server that allowed his security group, Goatse Security, to infiltrate the system and steal more than 114,000 e-mail addresses belonging to iPad 3G users" - that sounds a bit "breachy" to me! ;)
    Arris likes this.
  12. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    Sorry, wrote that wrong. Was meaning to refer to "The legal team included comments from an AT&T investigator that said Auernheimer circumvented no security."
  13. Patrick Laramee

    Patrick Laramee TS Enthusiast Posts: 19   +26

    Right, stealing is stealing. But he did'nt stole anything, He copied the information ...
    Burty117 likes this.
  14. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    I'm not saying he wasn't guilty and shouldn't be punished. I just would have expected fine or sentence, not both. Comparing data theft to theft of material possessions/money is a difficult thing to do, especially with the "it's not stealing it's copying" claim, that's wandering into piracy discussion and those always end in about a million opinions and no real conclusion.
    cliffordcooley likes this.

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