AT&T Hacker Sentenced with 3 Years of Imprisonment and Fined $73k for Damages

A federal judge today ignored convicted hacker Andrew Auernheimer’s leniency plea in sentencing him to 41 months in prison for illegally accessing email addresses and other data belonging to more than 120,000 iPad subscribers from AT&T’s networks.

A federal judge ignored the leniency plea of Andrew “Weev” Auernheimer, a convicted hacker that gathered private data from AT&T’s system.

Weev was sentenced to 31 months or 3 years of imprisonment for the illegal actions of gathering email addresses of the 120,000 iPad subscribers from the wireless carrier AT&T.

Judge Susan Wigenton of the District court in New Jersey sentenced Weev another 3 years of supervised release following the imprisonment. Auernheimer was also ordered to pay the carrier $73,000 for the damages as results from his actions.

In a pre-sentencing memo filed last week, Weev’s attorney asserted that Mr. Auernheimer doesn’t deserve years of imprisonment but only months of non-custodial probation. They are pushing the leniency plea for the reason that Weev’s actions did not cause any damages in the system of AT&T and that it was not stimulated by fraud.

AT&T Hacker Weev
In a statement by Attorney Paul Fishman, he pointed out that Weev’s action and his partner in hacking the AT&T system gathering private info from the customers is breaking the law.

“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. The jury didn’t buy it, and neither did the Court in imposing sentence upon him today.” Attorney Fishman said.