Fayetteville man arrested and charged in iPad security breach

U.S. prosecutors today announced charges against two men – one from Fayetteville – accused of stealing and distributing e-mail addresses of over 100,000 iPad owners in June.

The incident gained attention after a group calling itself Goatse Security revealed to Gawker that it had hacked into iPad subscriber data exposing sensitive information about politicians, CEOs, celebrities and government officials who used AT&T’s 3G wireless service.

Daniel Spitler, 26, of San Francisco, and Andrew Auernheimer, 25, of Fayetteville, have each been arrested and charged with one count of conspiracy to access a computer without authorization and one count of fraud.

According to Washington County arrest reports, Auernheimer was booked at 9:16 a.m. Tuesday.

The FBI is expected to hold a press conference Tuesday afternoon to discuss the charges.