AT&T iPad Data Slurp

Nov 21, 2012 | comments

A 27 year old  hacker Andrew Auernheimer from new york has been found guilty of breaching AT&T's site security to obtain iPad customer data.

According to the government, the men used an "account slurper" that was designed to match email addresses with "integrated circuit card identifiers" for iPad users, and which conducted a "brute force" attack to extract data about those users, who accessed the Internet through AT&T's network.

The case is been closely watched in the information security community because Auernheimer recovered the data from the AT&T website without bypassing any security controls. The appeal will therefore focus on whether the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act offences were committed by Auernheimer, an important point of law that has implications for both penetration testing and the reporting of security vulnerabilities.

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