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Hacker Pleads Guilty To AT&T Attack

A 26 year old man from San Francisco has plead guilty for writing code which was used to break into several AT&T computer servers last year.

The hack resulted in the personal information of nearly 120,000 Apple iPad subscribers falling into criminals' hands.

Daniel Spitler plead guilty to the charges brought against him in a US federal court in New York. The charges brought against Spitler included identity theft and conspiracy to gain unauthorized access to computers with an internet connection. Spitler has also admitted being connected to Goatse Security, a loose group of hackers whose name is based on a rather offensive internet meme.

It’s worth mentioning that both the charges come with a maximum sentence of 5 years imprisonment. The federal court will decide on Spitler's sentence on September 28.

"Hacks have serious implications -- from the personal devastation of a stolen identity to danger to our national security," said US attorney Paul Fishman, the AFP reports.

"In the wake of other recent hacking attacks by loose-knit organizations like Anonymous and LulzSec, Daniel Spitler's guilty plea is a timely reminder of the consequences of treating criminal activity as a competitive sport," he added.