Andrew Auernheimer


or the "Weev", as he's known in hacker circles, just pulled a 41 month sentence with $73K restitution, for accessing "forward facing" data on AT&T and reporting the security flaw to them. They patched, but refused to notify the hundreds of thousands of subscribers whose emails had been compromised, so he took it to Gawker. Apparently, the Feds decided that the Aaron Swartz example needed some reinforcement, so they decided to go after Andrew for the same "crime". They called it identity theft this time, though. His personal gain? Uh... street cred, maybe? The guy's no prince, but I think this prosecution is way over the top.