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Legal experts pitch in to appeal AT&T hacker's sentence

Jaikumar Vijayan | March 25, 2013
Computer Fraud and Abuse Act wrongly applied in case related to illegal access of data from iPad users on AT&T networks, they contend

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is also helping in the appeal.

In a statement, EFF staff attorney Marcia Hoffman noted that Auernheimer faces more than three years in prison for essentially pointing out AT&T's failure to properly secure iPad subscriber data.

The EFF noted that the Auernheimer case is but the latest to highlight problems with how prosecutors use the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. "Since the tragic death of programmer and Internet activist Aaron Swartz in January, EFF has redoubled its efforts to reform the law," the statement said. "The punishments for computer crimes are seriously off-kilter, and Congress needs to fix them."

The EFFs attorneys and Kerr will join Auernheimer's trial consul in fighting the sentence.


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