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Andrew Auernheimer Case Uncomfortably Similar To Aaron Swartz Case 400

TrueSatan writes "Andrew Auernheimer doesn't appear suicidal, no thanks to U.S. prosecutors, yet he has been under attack for his act of altering an API URL that revealed a set of user data and posting details of same. 'In June of 2010 there was an AT&T webserver on the open Internet. There was an API on this server, a URL with a number at the end. If you incremented this number, you saw the next iPad 3G user email address. I thought it was egregiously negligent for AT&T to be publishing a complete target list of iPad 3G owners, and I took a sample of the API output to a journalist at Gawker.' Auernheimer has been under investigation from that point onward, with restrictions on his freedom and ability to earn a living that are grossly disproportionate to any perceived crime. This is just as much a case of legislative overreach and the unfettered power of prosecutors as was Swartz's case."
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Andrew Auernheimer Case Uncomfortably Similar To Aaron Swartz Case

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 23, 2013 @06:44AM (#42667459)

    and saw something I wasn't expecting to see. I should have told my sorry story to a journalist at The Onion!
    "Area man, who miss typed a URL and saw something he didn't expect to see, is now under expensive investigation"
    In a comment, average taxpayer stated "This is definitely the right way to spend tax dollars and why I am proud to be a taxpayer."

"The eleventh commandment was `Thou Shalt Compute' or `Thou Shalt Not Compute' -- I forget which." -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982