An admitted online “troll” was sentenced Monday to the maximum prison term under 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 characterized as an unfair prosecution. The proceeding turned tense at one point when Auernheimer apparently pulled out a cellphone and several U.S. marshals grabbed it from him and held him spread-eagle on the defense table. After a short recess, he was led back into the courtroom in shackles.
Auernheimer, formerly of Fayetteville, Ark., was convicted in November of identity theft and conspiracy to gain unauthorized access to computers. The counts each carry a five-year maximum sentence, but U.S. District Judge Susan Wigenton had accepted federal prosecutors’ request to use a range of 33 to 41 months.
Burger King’s Whopper alternative
If you think a Whopper’s too indulgent but are sick of chicken sandwiches, Burger King is offering a turkey burger for the first time.
The Miami-based company is rolling out the new sandwich this week as part of its limited-time offers for spring, marking the latest fast-food effort to cater to health-conscious diners. Last week, McDonald’s said it plans to offer a lower-calorie version of its Egg McMuffin made with egg whites.
McDonald’s and Wendy’s said they have no records indicating they ever offered a turkey burger, meaning Burger King would be the biggest fast-food chain to do so. But it’s not the first. Sister chains Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s launched a trio of turkey burgers as limited-time offers in late 2010; they were so popular that they’re now a permanent part of the menus
Muscle car recalled
Chrysler is recalling about 2,500 Dodge Challenger muscle cars in the U.S. that are equipped with V-6 engines. It’s also telling owners not to drive them until they are repaired. A short in a wiring circuit can overheat and cause fires. There have been six fires so far and a seventh incident is under investigation. No one has been hurt, Chrysler said. The company also says people shouldn’t park the cars in or near a structure.
Chrysler will take the cars to dealerships to replace defective parts. The company wouldn’t say exactly what is causing the short circuit.
Home builders concerned
The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index declined this month on homebuilders’ concerns over the availability of ready-to-build land, building materials and workers as demand for new homes grows. The index, based on a survey of 341 builders, fell to 44 from 46 in February. It was the second decline since January. Readings below 50 suggest negative sentiment about the housing market. Despite land supply and other concerns, builders’ outlook for sales over the next six months reached its strongest point in more than six years.