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  • Prominent Hacker Gets Arrested, Raided by Feds


    On Monday, MMi chronicled how Escher Auernheimer, the Goatse Security boss, took aim at AT&T with an angry public letter addressing the carrier's suggestion that his company is teeming with "malicious" hackers. As it turns out, only hours later, Auernheimer would have an even bigger problem on his hands than the accusations from AT&T.

    You see, on his hands were handcuffs. Auernheimer - AKA "Weev" - quickly made the transition from "good guy" who uncovered the AT&T-iPad security flaw, to the "bad guy" who had his home raided by authorities. Now, in case you're wondering, this has nothing to do with a lost or stolen iPhone 4. Although it isn't yet clear what exactly prompted the FBI search warrant, we do know what was uncovered: drugs. And, apparently, lots of them - cocaine, ecstasy, LSD, etc.

    Auernheimer is now facing some four felony charges of possession of a controlled substance. Tossed into the mix is one misdemeanor possession charge. Today, the blogosphere is buzzing with conspiracy theories about whether or not the raid and search was somehow inspired by AT&T or Apple - although there is no evidence to suggest such at this time. But the alleged security breach acknowledged by AT&T was such that it isn't unreasonable that the feds could be looking into those who initially exposed the weakness.

    Of course, the matter could ultimately prove to be totally unrelated to AT&T and Apple. After all, this isn't Auernheimer's first arrest. He was arrested as recently as this March for allegedly giving authorities a fake name when they responded to a parking complaint.

    As reported by CNET, no bond or court date had been set. A hearing, however, is scheduled for this Friday, June 18th.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Prominent Hacker Gets Arrested, Raided by Feds started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 59 Comments
    1. dhamien's Avatar
      dhamien -
      You're dense, huh? The first two lines of your post was exactly what I was talking about in my previous post.

      Saying that it's hypocritical means you put equal weight on any rule broken and doing so is stupid at best. If I pee in public I can get a fine, but that doesn't mean I'm in the same category as someone who has killed another person. Yes, we've both broken some kind of rule, but saying that I'm as morally corrupt as he is ... well, I don't even know what to say.

      By the way, congratulations on being a felon. I have no idea why you put that in your post, but I guess it's something you want people to know about you.
    1. mr117's Avatar
      mr117 -
      Again (AGAIN) you miss the point. People in glass house shouldn't through rocks. Everyone's guilty of something, so don't judge others. You seem to keep missing that part of what I am saying. That would make you the dense one.

      No, I do not put equal weight on every action. That's not the point, or even what I am saying. Dense, again. That's two. YOU are doing that. I am saying, don't judge others. The guy had illegal drugs, how is that anyone's business? How does that make anyone superior to him?

      I never said you were as "morally corrupt" as him. Just corrupt, as are we all. How is that a problem for you?

      As for my felony, YOU were the one who started the whole "think for yourself" line of thought. Well, I did. It's probably too much for you to understand that you can refuse to do things society/the government tells you to do for moral reasons and take the fall for it. In my case, for religious reasons, I refused to fight in a foreign civil war in the 1960s and I am a federal felon for my actions. No biggie. I did what I had to do, they did the same. It's easy to sit at your computer and talk about morality in others' behavior, and a whole different thing to stand up for your own morals and deal with the consequences. Try it.
    1. dhamien's Avatar
      dhamien -
      I'm not missing the point, I just severely disagree with you. My point is that I'm right in feeling morally superior to someone who has broken some ethical law.

      That's all on a more philosophical level though, as I'm not even against the guy described in the original post and don't think he did anything wrong. Though I don't agree with you when you say that it's never ok to point fingers at anyone.

      All things aside, I do applaud you for your choice in the 60s (I'm personally against religion, but if it made you make this choice then in this situation I'm for). War is rarely right.
    1. mr117's Avatar
      mr117 -
      Now we're getting somewhere, clarity is approaching!

      My issue with "ethical law" is that it varies from culture to culture. What one culture might term "right" is totally "wrong" in another. Ethnocentricity is tough to deal with. And it can exist even within a culture, not just across cultures.

      I'm glad you don't think the hacker did anything wrong. Neither do I. His only crime was to be dumb enough to get a media profile and have drugs in his house.

      I don't like pointing fingers because it goes to the root of the "I'm better than you" feeling we all have. I try to avoid letting that part of me out, even though I admit I feel it.

      Now I do think we should point fingers at dumb politicians, just because they have a public trust they abrogate and thus deserve our derision.

      And, thank you for the last paragraph. However, I, too, am against Religion. I have, however, no issue with religion (sort of a God vs. god thing). Religion/spiritual belief/moral code/ethics all kind of fall into the same gray area. My stand was based on a spiritual or ethical belief that was presented as religious, because the government really doesn't understand those other words. If I'd used them, it would have confused them. "Ethical" and "Government" seem to be antithetical.

      I'm glad we talked this out; even though we may still be apart in some area(s), mutual understanding of others' viewpoints is important and helpful.

      Have a good day.
    1. lili4311's Avatar
      lili4311 -
      I meant don't do s*** that's 100% illegal when you're in the spotlight. That's what don't taunt the law means dumba**
    1. prodigy's Avatar
      prodigy -
      @ Sadsamurai: You hit most of it on the head for me. I've done all those drugs, minus extacy because it's always fake and I was a straight A student, I'm a hacker, and I'm far more intelligent than most of you haters saying drugs are bad. lol
      And why do you even care what others do? I, as well as many others here, smoke pot all day, all the time. Don't smoke cigs. I'm literally as healthy as an ox. What do you have to say to me? Apple wouldn't dare plant drugs, it would come out and totally ruin them. FBI maybe, but not probable. All intelligent people in all of history have always experimented with augmenting mental perspectives, hallucinating for mental experiences and trips. George Washington kept marijuana in his personal garden. If you have never tried a substance, how are you to give any opinion about it. An honest opinion? You have been raised and lied to simply to keep you the way you are sweetheart. Close-minded and ignorant. Oblivious. You yourself are a law abiding citzen? ********. you burn CD's, hack Apple products illegally using a program to circumvent software. You lady, are a real criminal. How you like that? We're all considered criminals. Download music much? All drugs were very much legal at one point.
    1. law111's Avatar
      law111 -
      Quote Originally Posted by prodigy View Post
      @ Sadsamurai: You hit most of it on the head for me. I've done all those drugs, minus extacy because it's always fake and I was a straight A student, I'm a hacker, and I'm far more intelligent than most of you haters saying drugs are bad. lol
      And why do you even care what others do? I, as well as many others here, smoke pot all day, all the time. Don't smoke cigs. I'm literally as healthy as an ox. What do you have to say to me? Apple wouldn't dare plant drugs, it would come out and totally ruin them. FBI maybe, but not probable. All intelligent people in all of history have always experimented with augmenting mental perspectives, hallucinating for mental experiences and trips. George Washington kept marijuana in his personal garden. If you have never tried a substance, how are you to give any opinion about it. An honest opinion? You have been raised and lied to simply to keep you the way you are sweetheart. Close-minded and ignorant. Oblivious. You yourself are a law abiding citzen? ********. you burn CD's, hack Apple products illegally using a program to circumvent software. You lady, are a real criminal. How you like that? We're all considered criminals. Download music much? All drugs were very much legal at one point.
      Besides, we all know Steve Jobs has had his own involvement with drugs..

      P.S. That guy ^^^ is someone very smart, listen to what he's saying
    1. sunbeam83's Avatar
      sunbeam83 -
      lili4311 makes me a sad panda

    1. lili4311's Avatar
      lili4311 -
      Okay?
    1. dhamien's Avatar
      dhamien -
      Quote Originally Posted by lili4311 View Post
      Okay?
      Let's all just smoke a peace pipe. I hope no one minds I put a little weed in it.
    1. lili4311's Avatar
      lili4311 -
      Grr
    1. mr117's Avatar
      mr117 -
      This is what did not get shown in the previous post:
    1. lili4311's Avatar
      lili4311 -
      THANK YOU! it was hard trying it through my phone
    1. mr117's Avatar
      mr117 -
      Little AJAX-like uploadsystem to llink up images.

      You're welcome, lili
    1. TiffanyTrue's Avatar
      TiffanyTrue -
      o.O wow.. can I call it or what?
    1. MuseFan288's Avatar
      MuseFan288 -
      wow i like like LSD i bought mine from him jk but i do like it
    1. willpower101's Avatar
      willpower101 -
      Quote Originally Posted by sunbeam83 View Post
      He possessed non-taxable drugs.

      If you drink alcohol or coffee you 'do drugs.'

      Shame that people are so narrow minded.
      Thank you!

      I like how they come for one thing, then find illegal drugs, for personal use, in his private residence, and he gets in trouble for that. So nice to know that the system works like this. So what if he does drugs. So do 90% of your favorite bands.

      Quote Originally Posted by mr117 View Post
      Now we're getting somewhere, clarity is approaching!

      My issue with "ethical law" is that it varies from culture to culture.
      Again thank you for another level head.

      Right and wrong don't exist, there are only cultural morals.
      Wrong is only defined by that which is against written law, in the physical location you are in, at this point in time -- and it's ever changing.
    1. dhamien's Avatar
      dhamien -
      Quote Originally Posted by willpower101 View Post
      Right and wrong don't exist, there are only cultural morals.
      Wrong is only defined by that which is against written law, in the physical location you are in, at this point in time -- and it's ever changing.
      Yes and no to this last part. There are a few ethical laws that most would agree on. Not physically harming another human being for instance. Yes, they're all broken daily but if thought about as an ideal, I think most would agree on it.
    1. jhonycovers's Avatar
      jhonycovers -
      damn