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March 19, 2013

AT&T Hacker Sentenced to 41 Months in Prison

Andrew Auernheimer – aka “Weev,” the Internet activist found guilty in November 2012 of hacking into the systems of AT&T and stealing the details of around 120,000 iPad owners – has been reportedly sentenced to 41 months in prison and three years of supervised release.

Tweets are being posted from the courthouse where the trial is taking place.

Tim Pool of Timcast, who has been following the trial from the court, says Auernheimer and his co-defendant Daniel Spitler will also have to pay $73,000 (56,000 EUR) in restitution to AT&T.

“Judge stated the sentence she administered would help weev down a ‘positive path’ and give him ‘respect for the law’,” Pool wrote.

One noteworthy aspect is the fact that the prosecution apparently used Auernheimer's Reddit AMA (ask-me-anything) to justify the sentencing.

In addition, at one point in the trial, court agents asked Weev to hand over his phone. He gave the device to his lawyer instead, after which he was “quickly grabbed, pinned, and cuffed.”

Auernheimer maintained his innocence up until the last minute. He has highlighted on numerous occasions that he wasn’t trying to cause any harm.

His tweet just before the trial.