Self-portrait by Weev
Lawyers for hacker and Internet troll Andrew “weev” Auernheimer appeared in federal appellate court in Philadelphia on Wednesday morning before a packed house to contest Auernheimer’s November 2012 conviction for conspiracy to hack under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).
Auernheimer is currently serving a 41-month prison sentence (and has been in solitary confinement most days) for a breach of AT&T’s servers by his co-conspirator, Daniel Spitler, that revealed 114,000 e-mail addresses of iPad users.
Auernheimer then passed along the e-mail addresses to Gawker, which thereafter published the information in redacted form.
Auernheimer was convicted of a felony under the CFAA for conspiracy to access AT&T’s servers against the company’s will.
Assistant US Attorney Glenn Moramarco, counsel for the government, argued that Auernheimer’s CFAA conviction should be upheld: