Andrew Auernheimer might not be a name that rings any bells for you, but in June of 2010, he created a program that would connect to a publicly accessible, unsecured AT&T database of iPad subscribers. At the time, I'm sure he didn't think a few years from then, he'd be locked inside of a prison.
Fast forward two years, into November of 2012, where he was found guilty of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) and identity theft. For his last day of freedom before his sentencing, Auernheimer and his supporters rented a 10,000 square foot hall where they partied the night away. Auernheimer told John Koetsier from Venture Beat: "It's a f***ing ludicrous charge. The FBI has tried to frame me for terrorism five times, and by their own admission they've been surveilling me since I was 15 years old."
Auernheimer was lucky to enjoy his last day of freedom, as he was sentenced to 3 years in jail, and $73,000 in fines.
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