Tom Simonite reports:
AT&T screwed up in 2010, serving up the e-mail addresses of over 110,000 of its iPad 3G customers online for anyone to find. But today Andrew Auernheimer, an online activist who pointed out AT&T’s blunder to Gawker Media, which went on to publicize the breach of private information, is the one in federal court this week.
His case highlights some potentially troubling disconnects between the practicalities of online life and the rule – and application – of the law.
Read more on MIT Technology Review. The jury has the case now as I post this and I’ll update later.
Update: He was found guilty. Kim Zetter provides background on the case and how chat logs may have helped convict them. Auernheimer tweeted after the verdict that he plans to appeal.