Infamous Internet Troll "Weev" Goes to Jail

Friday, March 22, 2013


Infamous internet troll Andrew “weev” Auernheimer was sentenced to three and a half years in prison this week. He was prosecuted under the controversial Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, which critics call too stringent and punitive. Bob talks to Gawker writer Adrian Chen about whether Weev's prosecution will undermine attempts to reform the CFAA. 


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Comments [2]

Blake Meike from Oakland, CA

I fail to see why whether this guy is a "troll" or not is relevant. To me, the most important issue is that there doesn't appear to have been any sort of "hacking" involved. There were no stolen credentials, no exploits, nothing of the sort. The data that Auernheimer obtained was publicly available. That doesn't make it ok to take it, of course: just because I leave my car unattended in my front yard doesn't mean I want someone else to take it. Still, I really wish someone were taking AT&T to court for leaving my data around, without anything like proper protection.

Mar. 24 2013 05:49 PM
Stacy Harris from Nashville, TN

I fail to see what Internet trolls have to offer, though I found the targeting of AT & T to be interesting. My understanding is that if an AT & T customer posts something critical about the company they risk abrupt termination of service.

Appropriate escalation of concerns about AT & T is best and most-responsibly addressed with a call to Randall Stephenson's office. If that doesn't work, the customer's state regulatory commission should be responsive- unless, of course, the customer resides in Tennessee, where the Tennessee Regulatory Commission, once a powerful board, is now only a committee that has little, if any, enforcement capability, thanks to a reduction at the the request of Governor Bill Haslam.

Stacy Harris
Publisher/Executive Editor/Media Critic
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Mar. 24 2013 02:51 PM

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