∞ Man accused of iPad data theft released on bail

A man accused of stealing more than 100,000 email addresses of iPad users from AT&T’s servers has been released on bail.

[ad#Google Adsense 300×250 in story]Andrew Auernheimer is charged with one count each of fraud and conspiracy to access a computer without authorization, according to AP. Auernheimer and another man were able to trick AT&T’s server into giving them email addresses of users that signed-up for the company’s 3G service.

Auernheimer is apparently part of Goatse Security and discovered the flaw in AT&T’s server last June. Goatse said it contacted AT&T and waited until the flaw was fixed before going public with the fact they were able to hack the server.

AT&T said they were not aware of the data breach until new reports appeared online.

Goatse maintains that Auernheimer did nothing wrong and was “acting in the public interest by exposing the security flaw.” The man faces five years in jail for each count he’s charged with.