The WSJ reports:

A computer hacker admitted Thursday to writing code that was used to breach AT&T Inc.’s servers last year and gather email addresses and other personal information of about 120,000 users of Apple Inc.’s iPad.

They then gave the list of names (The email addresses they accessed included those of corporate chiefs, U.S. government officials and Hollywood moguls) to a media outlet to prove how shoddy AT&T’s protection of user data was.

Daniel Spitler, 26 years old, a computer hacker from San Francisco, pleaded guilty to identity theft and conspiracy to gain unauthorized access to computers. He faces up to five years in prison on each count. Sentencing is set for Sept. 28.