19 Jan '11, 12am

2 hackers were charged over stealing the information of more than 100,000 iPad users

NEWARK (New Jersey) - TWO hackers stole the e-mail addresses of more than 100,000 Apple iPad users, including those of politicians and famous media personalities, federal prosecutors said on Tuesday in announcing criminal charges against the men. AT&T revealed the security vulnerability months ago, and US Attorney Paul Fishman said there was no evidence that the two men used the information they acquired for criminal purposes. Authorities cautioned, however, that the information could have wound up in the hands of spammers and scammers. Daniel Spitler, a 26-year-old bookstore security guard from San Francisco, and Andrew Auernheimer, 25, of Fayetteville, Arkansas, face charges of fraud and conspiracy to access a computer without authorization. Mr Fishman characterised the men and their cohorts as engaging in 'malicious one-upsmanship' as they sought to impress each other a...

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