June 25, 2011
Hacker Involved In iPad Security Breach Pleads Guilty
A California man pleaded guilty to conspiring to hack into computer servers and steal email addresses on AT&T's network from iPad users.
Daniel Spitler and another man were arrested in January and accused of tricking AT&T's website into divulging over 100,000 email addresses, including Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Each count carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
"Computer hackers are exacting an increasing toll on our society, damaging individuals and organizations to gain notoriety for themselves," US attorney Paul Fishman said.
"Hacks have serious implications -- from the personal devastation of a stolen identity to danger to our national security," Fishman said.
"In the wake of other recent hacking attacks by loose-knit organizations like Anonymous and LulzSec, Daniel Spitler's guilty plea is a timely reminder of the consequences of treating criminal activity as a competitive sport," he said.
The Justice Department said Spitler had admitted to being a member of Goatse Security, which is an association of Internet Hackers.
The hackers attacked AT&T servers in June 2010 and obtained email addresses and other personal information of around 120,000 iPad subscribers to AT&T's 3G service.
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