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Computer hacker 'Weev' computer fraud conviction overturned

A hacker by the name of 'weev' has been released from prison, stemming from a hacking conviction in which he allegedly posted AT&T iPad owner information.

Published Tue, Apr 15 2014 2:06 AM CDT   |   Updated Mon, Oct 19 2020 8:15 PM CDT

Accused hacker Andrew "weev" Auernheimer was released from prison following an appeals court overturning his hacking conviction, calling for the U.S. Justice Department to dismiss identity fraud and conspiracy to violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act indictment.

Computer hacker 'Weev' computer fraud conviction overturned | TweakTown.com

The Third US Circuit Court of Appeals found that weev should not have been charged in New Jersey, instead facing charges in Arkansas. After discovering a vulnerability in the AT&T website, weev and a co-defendant allegedly disclosed personal information of almost 140,000 iPad owners.

Although New Jersey prosecutors haven't ruled out a retrial in the case, weev's attorneys said it would be considered double jeopardy.

"The indictment needs to be dismissed immediately," said Tor Ekeland, the accused hacker's attorney. "We still have an extremely strong case on the substantive issue, and my client is more than happy to litigate it again. We'll bring a lot more firepower to this issue than we did when we started this case and were working out of a closet."

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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