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Man gets more than three years jail in iPad data breach case

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Maximum sentence: Andrew Auernheimer.

Maximum sentence: Andrew Auernheimer.

Newark, New Jersey: An admitted online troll has been sentenced to the maximum prison term under US federal guidelines – more than three years – for illegally gaining access to AT&T's servers and stealing more than 100,000 email addresses of iPad users.

Dozens of Andrew Auernheimer's supporters packed the hearing, and clapped when he made a statement castigating the government for what he characterised as an unfair prosecution.

The proceeding turned tense at one point when Auernheimer apparently pulled out a mobile phone and several US marshals grabbed it from him and held him spread-eagle on the defence table. After a short recess, he was led back into the courtroom in shackles.

Auernheimer, formerly of Fayetteville, Arkansas, was convicted in November of identity theft and conspiracy to gain unauthorised access to computers. The counts each carry a five-year maximum sentence, but US District Judge Susan Wigenton had accepted federal prosecutors' request to use a range of 33 to 41 months.

Auernheimer's attorney had sought probation. The attorney, Tor Ekeland, said he would app 500

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