Biz Brief: iPad Hacker Arrested On Drug Charges


A lead hacker for a security group that exposed an AT&T (T) iPad vulnerability has been arrested on drug charges at his Arkansas home, according to a report in CNET.

Authorities serving Andrew Auernheimer, 24, with an FBI search warrant allegedly found cocaine, ecstasy and LSD in his home. Auernheimer is a member of the Goatse Security group, which last week went public with a security hole it found in AT&T's service for the iPad. The email addresses and computer IDs for 114,000 high-profile folks from CEOs to military officials were exposed, as part of Goatse hacking experiment.

While some companies challenge hackers to break through their software security walls as a means to discover weaknesses that they can later fix, AT&T apparently isn't one. The telco giant is cooperating with the FBI on the iPad incident, its second Apple-related security breach reported in a week. iPhone 4 customers reported incidents of being routed into strangers' AT&T accounts when trying to pre-order the iPhone 4 on Tuesday.