A federal jury convicted a NY man of hacking into AT&T servers and illegally obtaining more than 120,000 email addresses of iPad users including Michael Bloomberg, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. Andrew Auernheimer was convicted of identity theft and conspiracy to gain unauthorized access to computers. Both counts carry a maximum five-year prison sentence.
Court documents revealed that Auernheimer was part of a group that used a computer script called iPad3G Account Sluper. The program tricks AT&T servers into divulging information by acting like an iPad. After the email addresses were obtained, they were given to Gawker, who published them in redacted form in an article about the security breach. AT&T said it has since fixed the problem.