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AT&T Hacker Appeals Against Jail Sentence

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The convicted AT&T hacker, Andrew 'Weev' Auernheimer is appealing his 41 month jail sentence.

Andrew Auernheimer was one of the hackers behind the release of 114,000 Apple iPad user details after he access an AT&T computer system.

Auernheimer denied wrongdoing and claimed that he sought to protect the public from corporate security vulnerabilities.

He was convicted in March this year and is currently incarcerated in a Special Housing Unit at the Allenwood Federal Correctional Complex in White Deer, Penn.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) says that it has now joined law professor Orin Kerr, Internet attorney and EFF fellow Marcia Hofmann, and Weev's trial lawyers in filing an appeal. The appeal argues the government's flawed prosecution theory under the CFAA resulted in an improper conviction and prison sentence.

"The government set out to make an example of Auernheimer," EFF Staff Attorney Hanni Fakhoury said. "But the only message this sends to the security-research community is that if you discover a vulnerability, you could go to jail for sounding the alarm."

However, AT&T said it only learnt of the problem when it was published on the Gawker website, and removed the flaw. Although AT&T was criticized by security experts for having the security hole, Auernheimer was also attacked for not following best-practice when discovering a security flaw in a computer system.

Last month, three US politicians introduced "Aaron's Law" in Congress, a bill that would reform the CFAA. One element of the legislation would reform the laws that were used to convict Auernheimer.

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