“A computer hacker was sentenced on Monday to three years and five months in prison for stealing the personal data of about 120,000 Apple Inc iPad users, including big-city mayors, a TV network news anchor and a Hollywood movie mogul,” Jonathan Stempel reports for Reuters.

“Andrew Auernheimer, 27, had been convicted in November by a Newark, New Jersey, jury of one count of conspiracy to access AT&T Inc servers without permission, and one count of identity theft,” Stempel reports. “Among those affected by Auernheimer’s activities were ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Hollywood movie producer Harvey Weinstein, prosecutors said.”

Stempel reports, “This stolen information was then provided to the website Gawker, which published an article naming well-known people whose emails had been compromised, prosecutors said… Gawker was not charged in the case.”

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