iPad hacker arrested for not hacking iPad


I recently argued 'Why Goatse was right to disclose iPad data leak' after it came to light that the FBI had started an investigation into the hacker group following the responsible disclosure of an iPad data leak caused by poor AT&T security measures. I said "The security researchers which discovered the vulnerability ensured that AT&T were not only informed, but that it had also closed the hole down, before going public with the news. So why are they, and not the dumbass security folk at AT&T responsible for not securing that data in the first place, the ones under investigation by the FBI?" at the time, and now it seems an arrest has been made.

However, it looks like I might have been right about Goatse doing nothing wrong legally, despite what others argue, as that arrest had absolutely nothing to do with the iPad data leak at all. In fact it appears to have been on drugs charges. According to reports Andrew Auernheimer, aka 'Weev' and 'Escher' from the Goatse group, was arrested on four felony and one misdemeanor charges "involving possession of a controlled substance" on Tuesday. The Register claims that police "allegedly discovered cocaine, ecstasy and LSD during a search of his home".

There's no denying that, if the charges stick, Mr Auernheimer has broken the law by possessing these controlled substances. However, it does seem a little arse about face that the drugs discovery was only made after the FBI got involved and his house was searched in connection with disclosing a potentially serious security lapse in the first place. More so when there is a great deal of speculation that the investigation was instigated at the request of AT&T, the very people responsible for the cack security measures which allowed that iPad data vulnerability to exist in the first place.

As one reporter puts it "AT&T’s security malfeasance exposed the private user details of over a hundred thousand customers, and are now busy hunting down and vilifying the benign group of security activists who alerted them to the problem before less well-meaning hacker groups could exploit the data".

About the Author

A freelance technology journalist for 30 years, I have been a Contributing Editor at PC Pro (one of the best selling computer magazines in the UK) for most of them. As well as currently contributing to Forbes.com, The Times and Sunday Times via Raconteur Special Reports, SC Magazine UK, Digital Health, IT Pro and Infosecurity Magazine, I am also something of a prolific author. My last book, Being Virtual: Who You Really are Online, which was published in 2008 as part of the Science Museum TechKnow Series by John Wiley & Sons. I am also the only three times winner (2006, 2008, 2010) of the BT Information Security Journalist of the Year title, and was humbled to be presented with the ‘Enigma Award’ for a ‘lifetime contribution to information security journalism’ in 2011 despite my life being far from over...

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