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Hackers Used '3G Account Slurper' to Steal iPad Info and Promote Security Co., Feds Say

Hackers used a so-called 3G account slurper script to hack into AT&T servers last June and steal passwords and other information for some 120,000 iPad users, federal authorities contend.

Andrew Auernheimer, 25, of Fayetteville, Ark., and Daniel Spitler, 26, of San Francisco, have each been charged with one count of conspiracy concerning alleged unauthorized access to a computer and one count of fraud concerning personal information, CNET’s InSecurity Complex blog reports.

They are accused of causing the breach, which Goatse Security reportedly claimed credit for identifying, in order to publicize Goatse and profit from the hole.

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said at a news conference in Newark, N.J., today that hacking to create security breaches is not a game, reports Bloomberg.

The news agency said that Susan Cassell, a lawyer for Spitler, described the case against him as “only charges.”

Bloomberg apparently couldn’t reach Auernheimer or his lawyer for comment, but quoted him as saying, in an August 2008 interview with the New York Times: “I hack, I ruin, I make piles of money. I make people afraid for their lives.”

Earlier coverage: “FBI Probes Exposure of Power Users’ iPad ID Info”

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