Hacker Andrew “Weev” Auernheimer was found guilty last year of spoofing iPad user IDs to gain access to an AT&T email database, and he’s now been sentenced to 41 months in prison. The time was chalked up to one count of identity fraud and one count of conspiracy to access a computer without authorization. In addition to the nearly three and a half years behind bars, Auernheimer also faces another three years of supervised release, and restitution payments of $73,000 to AT&T.
Prosecutors in the case were asking for a four-year sentence, and reports say that they used both a Reddit Ask Me Anything post that Auernheimer did as well as quotes from the Encyclopedia Dramatica wiki. Auernheimer did give a statement before the sentencing, where he both read out a John Keats poem, and said that he was “going to jail for doing arithmetic.”
Auernheimer has promised that he will appeal the sentencing, so this may not be the last we’ve heard of “Weev” just yet.
Hacker sentenced to 41 months for exploiting AT&T iPad security flaw originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 18 Mar 2013 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.