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Monday, March 18, 2013, 01:08 pm PT (04:08 pm ET)

Hacker involved in AT&T iPad 3G e-mail breach sentenced to 41 months in jail

The hacker who helped to obtain and disclose more than 100,000 iPad 3G users' e-mails from AT&T in 2010 was sentenced on Monday to 41 months in prison.

Andrew Auernheimer, known by his handle "weev," is also required to share in a $73,000 restitution payment to AT&T, according to The Verge. Following his prison term, Auernheimer will also be subject to three years of supervised release.

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Andrew Auernheimer's booking photo, via the Washington County Detention Center.


Prior to the sentencing on Monday, he held a press conference on the steps of the courthouse where Auernheimer told the media that he was "going to jail for doing arithmetic." He was also cuffed by authorities in a struggle over his tablet.

Before the sentencing, prosecutors cited an "Ask Me Anything" he took part in on the popular user-driven news curation website Reddit. In the question-and-answer session held yesterday, Auernheimer said he would like to return to the state of Arkansas, but he doesn't believe the U.S. government would allow him because of what he described as his "extensive Militia connections."

In another post, he said his only "regret" was being "nice enough" to AT&T to allow them to patch the issue before he alerted the media site Gawker of his actions. He then warned: "I won't nearly be as nice next time."

"Weev" was originally arrested on drug charges in June of 2010. The FBI began searching for him after it was revealed that a security hole on AT&T's website led to iPad 3G users' e-mails being leaked.