NJ jury convicts NY man in iPad data breach case

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Associated Press

Posted on November 20, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 20 at 7:35 PM

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New York man has been convicted of illegally gaining access to AT&T's servers and stealing more than 120,000 email addresses of iPad users including film mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Andrew Auernheimer had been on trial in federal court in Newark, N.J. He was arrested last year and charged with identity theft and conspiracy to gain unauthorized access to computers. Each count carries a maximum prison sentence of five years.

Prosecutors say the former Fayetteville, Ark., resident was part of an online group that tricked AT&T's website into divulging email addresses including those of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and then-White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, now Chicago's mayor. The group then shared the addresses with the website Gawker.

Auernheimer had earlier declined to comment on the charges.

A San Francisco man pleaded guilty last year.

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