Hacker Who Exposed AT&T iPad Security Breach Arrested On Felony Possession Charges

Were the Goatse crew wearing white hats, grey hats, or black hats when they exposed the iPad/ATT breach recently? John Brownlee says they did the right thing and comments on the arrest of one of them following the execution of a search warrant related to the breach disclosure:

One of the members of the Goatse Security group, which recently exposed the AT&T security breach that exposed over 114,000 iPad 3G customers’ personal data, has been arrested for drug possession following the execution of an FBI search warrant on his home.

24 year old Andrew Auernheimer is now being held in the Washington Country Detention Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas for four felony charges of possession of a controlled substance and one misdemeanor possession charge. The drugs found at his house included cocaine, LSD and ecstasy.

It appears that the search warrant was prompted by complaints made by AT&T, who — in a recent letter to afflicted customers — blamed “hackers” for “maliciously exploit[ing] a function designed to make your iPad log-in process faster by pre-populating an AT&T authorization page with the email address you used to register your iPad for 3G service.”

That’s one way of putting it.

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