Last month, Daniel Spitler pleaded guilty to hacking account information from AT&T 3G iPads and faces up to 10 years in prison. His alleged partner in crime, Andrew Auernheimer, is now reportedly negotiating a plea deal as well. Auernheimer’s case is currently on hold during these negotiations.
Spitler and Auernheimer are responsible for writing an iPad 3G Account Slurper tool that parsed the SIM card numbers of AT&T iPad 3G owners and used them to retrieve email addresses from the carrier’s website. They pair and their associated hacking group reportedly grabbed over 100,000 email records and brazenly flaunted their theft before being caught. The theft was particularly stinging as many of those records belonged to government officials and military personal.