Goatse Security Member Arrested

The Goatse Security group made a name for itself this week with the iPad 3G user hack. By detecting a pattern and applying some apparently basic computer programming principles, members of the group were able to obtain the e-mail addresses and ICC IDs of approximately 114,000 iPad 3G users. Painting themselves as White Hat hackers performing a public service, Goatse passed their story to the Valleywag blog and then supposedly destroyed the data. While gaining fame for themselves, Goatse also brought the ire of AT&T, Apple, and the US Federal Government down upon them.

As reported by CNET, Andrew Auernheimer has been arrested during the execution of an unspecified warrant in Arkansas. A member of the Goatse Security group, Auernheimer has been arrested for possession of cocaine, ecstasy, LSD, and prescription drugs found during the search of his home. Known as Weev in the hacker community, Auernheimer is a key member of Goatse. Auernheimer is currently being held in Washington County Detention Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas awaiting arraignment on the drug charges.

The arrest of Auernheimer should be the first in several arrests in the coming days as the members of the group are rounded up. Regardless of your opinion of supposed White Hat hackers, the group members did break the law and should expect to be punished for their actions; especially where they made no real attempt to conceal their identity. While they did perform a public service in revealing the vulnerability, there are legitimate security organizations who reveal vulnerabilities every day without revealing user data. As the members of the group are arrested, it will be interesting to see how aggressively AT&T and Apple pursue their prosecution. In today’s world of instant fame or instant infamy, it may land them in jail for a very long time while catapulting them to Mitnick-like status in the culture of the Internet.

What do you think of the arrest of Auernheimer? Is he a modern day Robin Hood or common criminal? Do you buy Goatse’s explanation that they only intended to do good with the data they stole? Let us know in the comments.

[CNET]

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  • aempirei

    this article is idiotic.