'Weev,' whose real name is Andrew Auernheimer, was charged with breaking into AT&T servers and distributing a list of e-mail addresses belonging to iPad users.
In 2010, Weev, whose real name is Andrew Auernheimer, exploited a loophole in the AT&T security infrastructure, and eventually obtained a list of 114,000 e-mail addresses belonging to iPad 3G users. He later turned those addresses over to a reporter at Gawker, prompting an FBI investigation. As The Week magazine notes, Mr. Auernheimer and his partner, Daniel Spitler, claimed that they were trying to draw attention to a dangerous security "flaw."
But in November of last year, Auernheimer was found guilty of identity fraud and conspiracy to access a computer without authorization. According to Reuters, the 41-month sentence fell at the upper end of the spectrum sought by prosecutors.
"When it became clear that he was in trouble, he concocted the fiction that he was trying to make the Internet more secure, and that all he did was walk in through an unlocked door," US Attorney Paul Fishman said in a statement after the sentencing. "The jury didn't buy it, and neither did the court in imposing sentence."