Hacker under investigation offers to forgive police

A hacker who is being investigated for hacking a hole in AT&T’s iPad customer Web site has generously offered to forgive the cops looking into the case.

In an open letter to Assistant US Attorney Lee Vartan, Andrew Auernheimer said he will forgive the federal prosecutor if the probe is dropped and offered to work with him to fight cybercrime.

The letter begins with “Howdy Lee” and offers some “friendly advice” at which point we feel he might have lost Vartan.

Auernheimer said he was writing Vartan to help clarify the situation “we continue to find ourselves in”.

He said that for some reason Vartan seem to still be investigating him for some sort of criminal act.

Auernheimer warned that if Vartan continues to hold grand jury sessions he may be forced to resign for targeting an innocent man.

AT&T was negligent in securing its site and Auernheimer’s hacker group, Goatse Security, did nothing more than point that out, Auernheimer claims.

Auernheimer, who is a self-acknowledged Internet troll, said that social responsibility has always been at the core of everything he did at Goatse Security. He suggested that he and “Lee” should work together for a common goal, instead of fighting each other.

“I pray for you Lee… Hugs and Courage To You,” he signed off.

Auernheimer, was arrested in June when federal agents found drugs in his home while seizing his computer equipment as part of an investigation into the AT&T case.

E-mail addresses and SIM card serial numbers of about 114,000 iPad users were exposed when Auernheimer’s group found a way to exploit a flaw in the AT&T site.

So far no charges have been filed, although with letters like this coming from Auernheimer we suspect that books are about to be thrown with the same force as one of Steve Ballmer’s office chairs.