Auernheimer has remained unapologetic about the offense, telling Business Insider that all he did was access a public and unsecure Web server — an action which, if the prosecution's logic is followed, would make all Internet users criminals.
Every day of this upcoming 3 years is worth it to defend the rights of the Internet. I'd do it all over again. IDIFTL.— Andrew Auernheimer (@rabite) April 3, 2013
IDIFTL means I Did It for The Lulz, which is a reference to trolling, i.e. performing stunts and other actions in hopes of provoking a response, which he plans to continue doing.
Tyrannical bail conditions restrain me no longer. I am starting a new Internet trolling organization. Who is in?— Andrew Auernheimer (@rabite) April 4, 2013
The topics of the tweets span from the breakfast in Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) to railing on the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), which both he and fallen hacktivist Aaron Swartz were prosecuted for violating.
The CFAA penalizes "the unauthorized access of a computer or someone who exceeds their authorized access," and has come under scrutiny since Swartz committed suicide after two years of aggressive prosecution.
Privacy expert Jordan Kovnot told WYNC that the 1984 amendment is considered by researchers to be outdated, and the language of the law "can be interpreted very broadly by prosecutors."
Am I the first person ever to livetweet my own federal criminal trial and prison term? I am surely an Internets pioneer.— Andrew Auernheimer (@rabite) April 3, 2013
The Internets seem to approve.
wow. @rabite's tweets today from prison are epic.— Anonymous (@AnonyOps) April 4, 2013
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