Featured Articles

Broadwell to be faster than Skylake-S in desktop

Broadwell to be faster than Skylake-S in desktop

Intel will do something that it never did before. It will release two processor generations at once in the desktop space.…

More...
ARM’s signs off on 64 bit ARMv8-A

ARM’s signs off on 64 bit ARMv8-A

British chip designer ARM has just signed off its 50th licensing agreement for its ARMv8-A technology, which includes support for 64-bit…

More...
Intel Business vPro market divided into 7 categories

Intel Business vPro market divided into 7 categories

Just a few years ago we had two market segments for business users. We had desktops and notebooks and now Intel…

More...
GTA 5 will make November release

GTA 5 will make November release

While we have continued to hear that Grand Theft Auto V for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC will not…

More...
Aerocool Dead Silence reviewed

Aerocool Dead Silence reviewed

Aerocool is well known for its gamer cases with aggressive styling. However, the Dead Silence chassis offers consumers a new choice,…

More...
Frontpage Slideshow | Copyright © 2006-2010 orks, a business unit of Nuevvo Webware Ltd.
Monday, 14 April 2014 11:07

US court frees “hacker”

Written by Nick Farrell



So many things wrong with this conviction

A US court has thrown out a conviction and sentence of the hacker and Internet troll Andrew "weev" Auernheimer which it says was wrong on so many levels.

Auernheimer has often been in solitary confinement for obtaining and disclosing personal data of about 140,000 iPad owners from a publicly available AT&T website. It was seen as a test case on how far the authorities could go under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) another victim of this purge was Aaron Swartz who killed himself rather than go to jail. The Third US Circuit Court of Appeals didn't squarely address the controversial fraud law and instead said Auernheimer was charged in the wrong federal court.

The judges said that although this appeal raises a number of complex and novel issues that were of great public importance in our increasingly interconnected age, it was only needed to find one and that was the fundamental issue about where the trail took place. Auernheimer should have been tried in Arkansas, where the alleged illegal activity took place, but instead was hauled over a thousand miles from to New Jersey. Auernheimer was accused of passing along the e-mail addresses to Gawker, which thereafter published the information in redacted form in 2010. Auernheimer was convicted in a New Jersey federal court of a felony under the CFAA for conspiracy to access AT&T's servers against the company's will.

Auernheimer argued that in order for the CFAA to have applied in this case, there needed to be some sort of "password-gate" or other way of keeping someone out of the AT&T website. He did not hack into the servers or steal passwords he just used a major network security flaw at AT&T and exploited it.

While the court would not resolve whether Auernheimer's conduct was illegal, it commented, "no evidence was advanced at trial" that "any password gate or other code-based barrier" was breached. This suggests that the case should have failed. Auernheimer said that he regretted is being nice enough to give AT&T a chance to patch before dropping the dataset to Gawker.

Nick Farrell

E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
blog comments powered by Disqus

 

Facebook activity

Latest Commented Articles

Recent Comments