Infamous Hacker Pleads Guilty to Serious AT&T, iPad Hack
On Thursday, infamous hacker Daniel Spitler pleaded guilty to two felony charges in a Newark, New Jersey federal court (one count of conspiracy to gain unauthorized access to Internet-connected computers and one count of identity theft). These very serious charges carry with them a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine - each.
Spitler, however, wasn't alone as justice was served Thursday. Hacker Andrew Auernheimer was also brought up on charges and is currently in plea bargain negotiations. Published reports indicate that Spitler's plea agreement recommends a twelve to eighteen month sentence.
"Daniel Spitler's guilty plea is a timely reminder of the consequences of treating criminal activity as a competitive sport," said US Attorney Paul J. Fishman following news of Spitler's guilty plea today.
Both hackers are famously tied to the incident that "embarrassed Apple and AT&T" by helping to find, distribute, and publish personal information belonging to more than 120,000 iPad users. In the process, the duo delivered global notoriety to the hacking group Goatse Security.
"According to reports and court filings," IDG reports, "they wrote a script that guessed the ICC-ID numbers (used to identify the iPad's SIM card) and then queried AT&T's website until it returned an e-mail address. Spitler had been accused of co-authoring this software, called 'iPad 3G Account Slurper.'"
"The magnitude of this crime affected everyone from high ranking members of the White House staff to the average American citizen," says Michael B. Ward, Special Agent in charge of the FBI's Newark Division. "It's important to note that it wasn't just the hacking itself that was criminal, but what could potentially occur utilizing the pilfered information."