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  • Weev Talks About Life In Prison And His Plans To Open A Hedge Fund, TRO LLC

    Weev Talks About Life In Prison And His Plans To Open A Hedge Fund, TRO LLC

    Weev aka Andrew Auernheimer is free. The 29-year-old hacker, released from the Allenwood Federal Correctional Center in Pennsylvania last weekend, has spent the past few days celebrating a federal appeals court decision to reverse and vacate his conviction but took a bit of time to discuss his incarceration and plans with me. To get the big question out of the way: Yes, he’s still a… Read More

  • Weev Is Free

    Weev Is Free

    Andrew “weev” Auernheimer is set to be released from federal prison, following a federal appeals court decision to reverse and vacate his conviction and sentence. “I’m going to prison for arithmetic,” Weev declared last March. Shortly after, he was incarcerated in the federal prison system, charged with violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the same law… Read More

  • Weev Needs To Walk

    Weev Needs To Walk

    Andrew “Weev” Auernheimer is a troll, but he’s not a criminal. This is clear. In his recent appearance in federal appellate court in Philadelphia, the ignorance surrounding his actions and the lack of proof that they are a felony, even according to the wide-open standards of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, makes it clear that the defendant should walk. Read More

  • A Way To Save BlackBerry

    A Way To Save BlackBerry

    The first smartphone I owned was a Nokia communicator, which I chose because the C++ dev kit gave me the most freedom. When the iPhone appeared I did not switch, because mandatory App Store signing to execute code seemed like a major step in the war on general computation. Eventually I rid myself of Nokia and got an Android acting upon a moral imperative. Many hackers adhere to the ideology… Read More

  • The Tiger And The Cicada

    The Tiger And The Cicada

    In the homes and organizations of the powerful one finds the totems of predators. The Bohemian Grove bows to the owl spirit of Moloch. Both the USA and the Nazis took the eagle. Warmongers are “hawkish.” Mao Zedong had a rotten mouth because “the tiger never brushes his teeth.” Predatory affiliation is a very frequent sign of psychopathy. Read More

  • State Machinery For State Machines

    State Machinery For State Machines

    My name is Andrew Auernheimer. I used to believe problems could be solved with criticism and discourse in our marketplace of ideas. Three years ago I incremented an integer on a public web API and analyzed the output for all to read. It was then demanded I apologize for abusive arithmetic. I disagreed that addition could be abhorrent, so now I write this from the Special Housing Unit of a… Read More

  • Hacker Andrew Auernheimer Placed In Solitary Confinement For Tweeting From Prison

    Hacker Andrew Auernheimer Placed In Solitary Confinement For Tweeting From Prison

    Andrew “Weev” Auernheimer has been placed in “administrative segregation,” prison shorthand for solitary confinement for “investigative purposes.” Supporters believe he was locked down and given no Internet access because of his ability to send Tweets to a third party who relayed them on his private account. Auernheimer has not sent electronic messages… Read More

  • Weev's Speech Before District Court Sentencing

    Watch Weev’s Angry Pre-Sentencing Speech About The Failure Of Our Nation

    Yesterday, Andrew “weev” Auernheimer was sentenced to 41 months in prison, three years of probation, and restitution of $73,000 after being convicted on conspiracy and fraud charges. His actions had revealed a security flaw in AT&T’s user data base. In essence, weev added a number to the end of a URL on AT&T’s public database and realized that he was moving from… Read More

  • Speaking Of... Weev Wins an Honorary Crunchie Award

    Andrew Auernheimer AKA “The AT&T Hacker” Sentenced To 41 Months In Prison, 3 Years Probation And Restitution Of $73K

    Andrew Auernheimer, commonly known as AT&T Hacker Weev, has just received sentencing on one charge of conspiracy to access a computer without authorization (18 U.S.C. § 1030(a)(2)(C) part of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986) and fraud in connection with personal information (18 U.S.C. § 1028(a)(7)). Read More

  • Weev Awaits Sentencing in iPad Hack Case

    AT&T “Hacker” Andrew Auernheimer’s Sentencing Scheduled For March 18

    Internet activist (and Crunchies winner) Andrew Auernheimer’s sentencing trial will take place on March 18, 2013 at 10:30am. Auernheimer aka Weev revealed a security flaw in AT&T’s iPad user database, allowing him to scrape the data from 114,000 iPad users. He later published the data. The FBI investigated and filed a criminal complaint in January 2011. A full recounting of… Read More

  • Speaking Of... Weev Wins an Honorary Crunchie Award

    You May Take Away My Freedom, But I’ll Always Have My Crunchie!

    On June 14th, 2010, Michael Arrington awarded a Crunchie to two members of Goatse Security via a blog post for discovering, publishing and trying to fix a pretty egregious security flaw that they discovered on AT&T’s public website. Before going to jail, Andrew Auernheimer’s (aka “weev”) bucket list of what he wanted was the Crunchie that TechCrunch awarded to him. Read More

  • iPad Hack Statement Of Responsibility

    iPad Hack Statement Of Responsibility

    Editor’s note: Andrew Auernheimer, also known by his pseudonym weev, is an American grey hat hacker and self-described Internet troll. Follow him on Twitter @rabite. In June of 2010 there was an AT&T webserver on the open Internet. There was an API on this server, a URL with a number at the end. If you incremented this number, you saw the next iPad 3G user email address. I thought… Read More

  • Security Is Hard, But That Doesn’t Mean You Should Ignore It

    Security Is Hard, But That Doesn’t Mean You Should Ignore It

    Six weeks ago I was out drinking in a Kipling-themed bar in Rangoon, Myanmar–as you do–and happened to find myself next to a table of high-powered international telecommunications consultants, overhearing juicy lines like “Skype and Viber are going to kill us.” Needless to say I told Twitter right away. Then an old friend who’s also a genuine International Man… Read More

  • Goatse Security’s Auernheimer Convicted In iPad Website Hacking Case

    Goatse Security’s Auernheimer Convicted In iPad Website Hacking Case

    Tuesday afternoon in federal court in Newark, NJ, a jury convicted Andrew “Weev” Auernheimer for his role in a 2010 exploit that caused an AT&T account maintenance website to leak 114,000 email addresses of iPad owners. Auernheimer was convicted on both counts for which he was charged. Read More

  • GoatSec iPad Hacking Case Underway, Ruling Could Address Ancient Computer Law

    GoatSec iPad Hacking Case Underway, Ruling Could Address Ancient Computer Law

    Editor’s note: Ansel Halliburton is a lawyer at ComputerLaw Group. In the summer of 2010, a group called Goatse Security discovered a security hole in an AT&T website catering to users of the recently launched iPad with 3G connectivity. Depending on who you ask, GoatSec is either composed of trolls in it for the lulz or grey-hat hackers. Read More

  • We’re Awarding Goatse Security A Crunchie Award For Public Service

    We’re Awarding Goatse Security A Crunchie Award For Public Service

    This iPad security breach story from last week continues to spin way out of control, and in our opinion fingers are being pointed in the wrong direction. The FBI is investigating the incident, and a few hours ago AT&T finally communicated with customers to tell them about the breach (I’ve reprinted the AT&T email below). Here’s what happened: Goatse Security discovered a… Read More

  • AT&T security breach leaks thousands of iPad owners’ emails (but luckily, little else)

    AT&T security breach leaks thousands of iPad owners’ emails (but luckily, little else)

    A security flaw in one of AT&T’s customer-identification scripts has allowed a group of 4chan hackers to extract as many as 114,000 email addresses of iPad owners, according to Gawker. AT&T has apologized and explained the flaw and data leaked. Essentially, a bit of open information (the SIM card’s ICC-ID) was tied to a piece of private information (the iPad owner’s… Read More