Man involved in AT&T iPad vulnerability discovery arrested


Police in the US have arrested a member of the team that found a vulnerability affecting various iPad users on the AT&T network.

Andrew Auernheimer, a key member of Goatse Security that recently claimed to have found a security hole on the AT&T website containing iPad user information, was detained in Arkansas but for drug charges rather than anything iPad related, CNET has reported.

Auernheimer has previously been arrested for alledgedly providing a fake name to police officers responding to a parking complaint, Lieutenant Mike Perryman, of the Fayetteville Police Department, told CNET.

However, the authorities did not confirm why a warrant had been drawn up prior to the arrest, or whether it had anything to do with the authority's work on the AT&T case.

Earlier this month, Goatse Security said it had taken information about the vulnerability on the website to Gawker, an online gossip site. Goatse claimed to have accessed AT&T's iPad subscriber information containing around 114,000 email addresses, including those of high up politicians and business executives.

AT&T confirmed that it had closed the security hole and that it was only email addresses that had been accessed.

Mark Siegel, executive director of media relations at AT&T, told IT PRO: "The hackers did not inform us in advance about what they claimed to uncover."

Goatse claimed in a blog post that it had waited until the hole was fixed by AT&T before taking information to Gawker.

"We did not contact AT&T directly, but we made sure that someone else tipped them off and waited for them to patch until we gave anything to Gawker," Goatse added.

Tom Brewster

Tom Brewster is currently an associate editor at Forbes and an award-winning journalist who covers cyber security, surveillance, and privacy. Starting his career at ITPro as a staff writer and working up to a senior staff writer role, Tom has been covering the tech industry for more than ten years and is considered one of the leading journalists in his specialism.

He is a proud alum of the University of Sheffield where he secured an undergraduate degree in English Literature before undertaking a certification from General Assembly in web development.