Criminal charges brought against AT&T iPad hackers

Criminal charges brought against AT&T iPad hackers.

[newsimage]http://static.rankone.nl/images_posts/2011/01/JJzIHo.jpg[/newsimage]Federal prosecutors in New Jersey on Tuesday announced the arrest of two self-described hackers who had been accused of stealing email addresses and other personal information from over 100,000 AT&T 3G iPad users in June of last year.


Read the full article here: [http://www.myce.com/news/criminal-charges-brought-against-att-ipad-hackers-38919/](http://www.myce.com/news/criminal-charges-brought-against-att-ipad-hackers-38919/)


Please note that the reactions from the complete site will be synched below.

It doesn’t sound as if anyone suffered any damage as a result of this. Quite the contrary, they identified a problem that could have caused harm to many users had it not been fixed.

It would seem that AT&T’s problem is not with the individuals identifying a problem, but with their disclosing it to a journalist who proceeded to publish their findings. I guess they would have preferred that the problem be quietly reported to them without the public being made aware of their incompetence.

Generally speaking, our system of law requires a defendant to compensate an aggrieved party for damages suffered as a result of the defendant’s action. I don’t really see where AT&T suffered any damages, aside from damage to its reputation (totally justified IMHO), and hopefully, the judge/jury in this case will agree.

What was their motivation for not disclosing the flaw to AT&T directly? That’s the real question. Perhaps they just wanted to get as much publicity out of the finding as possible, but it seems they’ll now face legal ramifications because of it…

Goatse Security?

Seriously?

[QUOTE=Blu-rayFreak;2570381]What was their motivation for not disclosing the flaw to AT&T directly? That’s the real question. Perhaps they just wanted to get as much publicity out of the finding as possible, but it seems they’ll now face legal ramifications because of it…[/QUOTE]

The full text of the groups blog post claims that they did disclose the issue to AT&T first, and they sent the info on to Gawker once it was clear to them that AT&T was doing nothing in response. Of course that their word against AT&T, and we know who has more power ($).