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By Kim Zetter
A hacker charged with federal crimes for obtaining the personal data of more
than 100,000 iPad owners from AT&Tâs publicly accessible website was sentenced
on Monday to 41 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release.
The judge handed down the sentence following a minor skirmish in the courtroom
when the defendant, Andrew Auernheimer, aka Weev, was pinned and cuffed.
Auernheimer was reportedly asked to hand the court a mobile phone he had with
him during the hearing, and after handing it to his defense attorney instead,
court agents cuffed him.
Andrew Auernheimer, 26, of Fayetteville, Arkansas, was found guilty last
November in federal court in New Jersey of one count of identity fraud and one
count of conspiracy to access a computer without authorization after he and a
colleague created a program to collect information on iPad owners that had been
exposed by a security hole in AT&Tâs web site.
The two essentially wrote a program to send Get requests to the web site.
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