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Man admits theft of iPad addresses

2011-06-24 08:35

Newark - A man has pleaded guilty to conspiring to hack into computer servers and steal e-mail addresses and personal information from iPad users.

Daniel Spitler and another man were arrested in January and accused of tricking AT&T's website into divulging more than 100 000 e-mail addresses, including those of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, film mogul Harvey Weinstein and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, then the White House chief of staff.

Spitler pleaded guilty on Thursday in federal court in Newark to identity theft and conspiracy to gain unauthorised access to computers connected to the internet.

Each count carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250 000 fine. His sentencing is scheduled for September.

The second man, Andrew Auernheimer, is free on bail and faces similar charges.