“Weev” Auernheimer on Free Speech versus Exploitation

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Via The Internet Chronicle

Andrew Auernheimer, an American gray hat hacker better known as “weev,” tells The Internet Chronicle that his indictment in a New Jersey district court over a June 2010 AT&T data breach is at its root an important free speech issue. Speaking to Chronicle.su’s Gray Phone, Mr. Auernheimer, a 27-year-old associate of Goatse Security, claims he made certain AT&T was aware of the breach in time to patch it, he never sought financial gain from what was in effect the the extraction of 114,000 iPad users’ email addresses, and that he never personally possessed more customer data than enough to communicate that the breach was bona fide. While prosecutors imply Mr. Auernheimer’s actions and statements may constitute computer fraud and foreknowledge of possible insider trading, he and his fellow Goatse Security associates saw themselves as merely tarnishing a company’s reputation due to its own reckless mishandling of customer data.

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  • alizardx

    It’s cheaper for major corporations to “shoot the messenger” with the help of the courts, whose judges probably have those corporations in their personal stock portfolios than it is for them to get security right.

  • alizardx

    It’s cheaper for major corporations to “shoot the messenger” with the help of the courts, whose judges probably have those corporations in their personal stock portfolios than it is for them to get security right.

  • Herr Weev

    HAIL WEEV

  • Herr Weev

    HAIL WEEV

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    always shoot the messenger
    it insures the success of your enemy
    which just dessert for shooting the messenger
     

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    always shoot the messenger
    it insures the success of your enemy
    which just dessert for shooting the messenger
     

  • BunkersTrust

    Looks like AT&T just insured that they will be the last to know of any future vulnerabilities.