Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

News

iPad E-Mail Hacker Jailed

Andrew Auernheimer was arrested in Arkansas following a search of his residence by federal agents.

A computer expert who belongs to the group of hackers that broke into AT&T's servers last week to steal iPad customers' e-mail addresses has been arrested and jailed on drug charges following a search of his residence by the FBI.

Inside Apple's iPad: FCC Teardown Photos
(click image to view gallery)
Inside Apple's iPad: FCC Teardown Photos

Andrew Auernheimer is being held in jail in Fayeteville, Arkansas, according to police officials.

He was arrested earlier after FBI agents said they discovered illegal drugs in his dwelling. The agents were executing a search warrant that was obtained in connection with their investigation of the AT&T breach.

Auernheimer belongs to Goatse Security, a group that comprises a handful of self-styled computer security "researchers." Goatse members have admitted to breaking into AT&T's servers and obtaining the e-mail addresses of more than 100,000 iPad users. The group said their intention was to expose AT&T security vulnerabilities.

Among the e-mail addresses obtained by the group were those belonging to high-profile individuals like New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, and Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

In his profile on the business networking site Linked In, Auernheimer describes himself as an "8-year IT pro." Beyond his current affiliation with Goatse, he lists stints at software developer Aptworks and escrow agency First American Title Holding Company.

AT&T has said it plans to work with legal authorizes to prosecute the hackers who broke into its servers.

AT&T "does not tolerate unauthorized access to its customers' information or company websites," said AT&T chief privacy officer Dorothy Attwood, in an e-mail last weekend to iPad users affected by the breach.

"We will cooperate with law enforcement in any investigation of unauthorized system access and to prosecute violators to the fullest extent of the law," Attwood said.

Attwood called Goatse's actions malicious. "The hackers deliberately went to great efforts" to obtain iPad owners' e-mail addresses, she said. The carrier said it has since fixed the vulnerability that gave the hackers access to its servers.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
COVID-19: Latest Security News & Commentary
Dark Reading Staff 11/19/2020
New Proposed DNS Security Features Released
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark Reading,  11/19/2020
The Yellow Brick Road to Risk Management
Andrew Lowe, Senior Information Security Consultant, TalaTek,  11/19/2020
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Write a Caption, Win an Amazon Gift Card! Click Here
Latest Comment: He hits the gong anytime he sees someone click on an email link.
Current Issue
2021 Top Enterprise IT Trends
We've identified the key trends that are poised to impact the IT landscape in 2021. Find out why they're important and how they will affect you today!
Flash Poll
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2020-29128
PUBLISHED: 2020-11-26
petl before 1.68, in some configurations, allows resolution of entities in an XML document.
CVE-2020-27251
PUBLISHED: 2020-11-26
A heap overflow vulnerability exists within FactoryTalk Linx Version 6.11 and prior. This vulnerability could allow a remote, unauthenticated attacker to send malicious port ranges, which could result in remote code execution.
CVE-2020-27253
PUBLISHED: 2020-11-26
A flaw exists in the Ingress/Egress checks routine of FactoryTalk Linx Version 6.11 and prior. This vulnerability could allow a remote, unauthenticated attacker to specifically craft a malicious packet resulting in a denial-of-service condition on the device.
CVE-2020-27255
PUBLISHED: 2020-11-26
A heap overflow vulnerability exists within FactoryTalk Linx Version 6.11 and prior. This vulnerability could allow a remote, unauthenticated attacker to send malicious set attribute requests, which could result in the leaking of sensitive information. This information disclosure could lead to the b...
CVE-2020-25651
PUBLISHED: 2020-11-26
A flaw was found in the SPICE file transfer protocol. File data from the host system can end up in full or in parts in the client connection of an illegitimate local user in the VM system. Active file transfers from other users could also be interrupted, resulting in a denial of service. The highest...