Reputed ATandT Hacker Makes Bail, Released
Andrew Auernheimer, charged by federal authorities in connection with the hacking of AT&T's Website last year and the theft of more than 100,000 e-mail addresses belonging to Apple iPad 3G users, has made bail.The second of two men charged in connection with hacking AT&T's Website last year and swiping e-mail addresses belonging to Apple iPad 3G users has been released on bail. Andrew Auernheimer was released Feb. 28 on $50,000 bail. His co-defendant, Daniel Spitler, made bail in January. The two were charged in January with stealing the e-mail addresses of more than 100,000 iPad users in June 2010 after discovering a security hole in AT&T's Website.
The duo, part of a small, loose-knit confederation of hackers known as Goatse Security, uncovered a way to abuse a feature of the AT&T Website designed to make the log-in process faster for iPad users by linking the user's ICC-ID (integrated circuit card identification) with their e-mail address. According to authorities, the hackers created a script to randomly generate ICC-ID numbers, and when those numbers matched an actual ICC-ID, the authentication page log-in screen would be returned along with the associated e-mail.