Activist Accused of Hacking AT&T Will Be Sentenced on March 18

Andrew Auernheimer is considered a victim of the justice system

Andrew Auernheimer, 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, will be sentenced on March 18, TechCrunch reports.

Auernheimer, also known as “Weev,” could face up to ten years in prison after being convicted of fraud in connection to personal information, and conspiracy to access a computer without authorization.

The security community has often criticized AT&T and the US judicial system for convicting a man who was simply trying to highlight some vulnerabilities in the telecoms company’s systems.

Even Jeremy Hammond mentioned him in the statement he has recently released from solitary confinement.

“Instead of acknowledging their own mistake in violating customer privacy, AT&T sought prison time for Andrew,” Hammond wrote in his statement.

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