AT&T iPad Hacker Arrested on Drug Charges

Andrew Auernheimer, one of the hackers that made off with the names and email addresses for thousands of iPad 3G owners from AT&T servers, was arrested on Tuesday for drug-related charges. The arrest happened after FBI agents executed a search warrant at Mr. Auernheimer’s home in Arkansas.

Law enforcement officials collected cocaine, ecstacy and LSD, along with schedule 2 and 3 pharmaceuticals during their search. Mr. Auernheimer is currently being held in the Washington County Detention Center in Fayetteville and is facing four felony charges for possession of a controlled substance and a misdemeanor possession charge.

Image courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s Department

Mr. Auernheimer is part of a group of hackers that goes by the name “Goatse Security.” The group exploited a security flaw in AT&T’s Web site that let them collect over 114,000 names, email address and microSIM card numbers for iPad 3G owners with AT&T wireless data accounts.

The group later handed the data over to Gizmodo’s parent company, Gawker, who published an article detailing what the hackers had done.

Law enforcement officials aren’t saying whether or not the search warrant was related to the data breach on AT&T’s servers.

[Thanks to CNET News for the heads up.]