Wednesday, June 5, 2554

Bits: guilty plea in theft of data on iPad owners

Office of the Attorney General of New Jersey

1:49 pm | Updated not add no comment from AT&T and the amount of the deposit to Mr. Auernheimer.

A man in San Francisco, who was accused of taking about 3 g iPad owners from 114.000 AT&T declared guilty Thursday.

According to the Office of the Attorney General of New Jersey, Daniel Spitler, 26, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to gain unauthorized access to computers connected to the Internet and a count of identity theft. Mr. Spitler should be condemned on 28 September.

Each charge could result in up to five years in prison and a fine of $ 250,000.

Mr. Spitler was arrested last year with Andrew Auernheimer, known online as Weev, after the Federal Bureau of Investigation found that they had collected e-mail addresses and unique ID numbers that could be linked to the 3 g iPad owners. The two men said they had gained access to data through a loophole on the website of AT&T.

Mr. Auernheimer should be accused of this year. He is currently free on $ 50,000 bail.

The case gained national attention because email addresses stolen included those of members of the Senate and House of representatives and employees, the Department of Justice, NASA and the Department of Homeland Security. There were also a number of celebrities on the list. Mr. Auernheimer passed the information along the gossip blog Gawker.

A AT&T spokesman declined to comment on the case.

The charges were filed in New Jersey, because the AT&T are hosted in the State. Office of the Attorney General said that the investigation was headed by FBI Newark Cyber Crimes Task Force, which investigates computer crimes, including data breaches and identity theft.

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