20 Jan 2011

iPad hackers facing serious charges

The hackers that allegedly accessed 120,000 iPad users’ data are facing charges and potential jail sentencing.

The Department of Justice has charged Daniel Spitler and Andrew Auernheimer, who went on five-day hacking rampage last June. Some of the victims included high-profile celebrities, such as Diane Sawyer, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

The two defendants are part of Goatse Security, a group of hackers, who call themselves “Internet trolls.” The pair faces sentences of up to five years in prison and $250,000 fine.

“Since at least in or about April 2001, Auernheimer has been known to the FBI as a computer hacker and self-proclaimed ‘troll,’” federal agent Christian Schorle writes. “A troll is a person who intentionally, and without authorization, disrupts services and content on the Internet.”

Apple has been praised for its software resulting in few hacks. As products, such as the iPad, become more popular, hackers will target these items more and more. The iPad has sold more than 7 million units since its release last April.