PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A federal appeals court has reversed the conviction of man imprisoned for illegally gaining access to AT&T's servers and stealing more than 100,000 email addresses of iPad users.
The ruling regarding Andrew Auernheimer came Friday from the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. The case was tried in New Jersey, but the court says that was the wrong venue.
Prosecutors say Auernheimer was among a group that tricked AT&T's website into divulging the email addresses, including those of former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and film mogul Harvey Weinstein.
Auernheimer, formerly of Fayetteville, Ark., has said he was providing a public service by exposing a flaw in AT&T's system.
He's been serving a 41-month sentence for identity theft and conspiracy. His attorney is seeking Auernheimer's immediate release.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.