IPhone Finder "Regrets" Mistake

The person who found Apple Inc.’s (AAPL) next-generation iPhone prototype that Gawker Media splashed across its Gizmodo tech blog was identified on Thursday as Brian Hogan.

Mr. Hogan’s attorney, Jeffrey Bornstein of K&L Gates LLP, issued a statement Thursday saying that he was representing the 21-year-old Redwood City, Calif., resident, who “regrets his mistake in not doing more to return the phone.” Mr. Bornstein said Mr. Hogan “believed, and Gizmodo emphasized to him, that there was nothing wrong in sharing the phone with the tech press.” Mr. Bornstein added that Mr. Hogan has been cooperating with authorities regarding the matter.

A spokesman for Apple declined to comment. Mr. Hogan couldn’t be reached.

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