David Fisher

Hacking and Double Standards in the media

Everyone know that I was hacked but a gutless coward who skulks in the shadows.

Our media as a result of the hack treated the conduit, Nicky Hager as a hero, pursued me, my friends and hounded people out of jobs.

We had done noting wrong, nothing illegal and yet they pursued us. We were vilified in the media, in social media and yet the fact remains that we did nothing wrong.

Our only ‘crime’ was to have differing political views to the hacker, to Nicky Hager and to the haters who vilified us.

Those same investigative journalists have never once attempted to investigate who the hacker was, who was involved or why they did it. There was zero balance., it was just a feeding frenzy in an attempt to unseat a popular government.

Now they are speaking at hacking conferences making themselves complicit in the hack.

Simon Brew at Den of Geek talks about the Sony hack and the lack of ethics from news outlets and journalists who have revelled in the hack.

Then, we’re at the Sony hack. This wasn’t a leak of a set picture, or a tip off from a source. This was people hacking into a company’s servers, stealing private information, and making it available without their consent. Thus, not only have certain films leaked, but so have documents relating to an assortment of Sony projects. These involve major franchises and a lot of human beings.

The major news outlets couldn’t wait to delve through them and run the stories.

Let’s make no bones about this either: there were some juicy, major stories in there. Huge ones in some instances. However, I can’t shake the feeling that they were obtained by theft. That outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, Variety and The Hollywood Reporter – to name just a handful – are, ultimately, benefitting from stolen property, and feeding on the spoils of it. Some are reporting it as a leak. But it’s not a leak. It’s an illegal hack. Bluntly, a theft.¬† Read more »

Not the best blog then?

In spite of the tiresome triumvirate of Russel Norman, David Fisher and Giovanni Tiso doing their best, in their own ways, to damage the Whaleoil Brand yesterday, this blog had already locked in the votes, and no amount of intimidation was going to persuade Netguide’s Sean Mitchell to take action.

Sean Mitchell has been one of the very few to stand strong against the immense pressure from the left of politics and the usual suspects in the media. Where John Key has wavered, Sean told them all to go away. ¬†The voting process is clear – it’s out of his hands, and if hundreds of thousands of people vote for Whaleoil to win a Netguide, why would he listen to half a dozen people with an agenda?

Onya Sean.

Yes, the Netguide awards are a brute force popularity contest.  Those with the most audience votes win the award.

Not sure if that actually sinks in with Messrs Norman, Fisher, Tiso and others like Little, Smalley and other critics.  A bit like the National Party, I guess, in the sense that they are also the most popular political party, by popular vote.   It seems the opponents are unwilling to accept reality.

By telling everyone that I am evil, and that Whaleoil doesn’t deserve this recognition, you are also telling all our readers and supporters that their judgement is wrong. ¬†They are stupid, they are evil, they are nasty, they are to be despised.

And I can tell you this much – it doesn’t work that way.

You may, theoretically turn me into a monster in the eyes of others, if you do the job right – but this specific award was won because our¬†readers made it happen. ¬† Read more »

For someone who claims to be smart he sure looks like he is dumber than a bag of hammers

Kim Dotcom is forever claiming that he invented this or that…the reality is far from ti, usually he is the¬†used car salesman pimping the good idea as his own.

But for someone who claims he is smarter than most he sure acts as dumb as a bag of hammers.

Kim Dotcom has spoken out about his long battle over copyright with the US government and his regrets about the events that have led to his arrest ahead of his bail breach hearing on Thursday that could see him return to jail in New Zealand.

“Would I have done things differently? Of course. My biggest regret is I didn’t take the threat of the copyright law and the MPAA seriously enough,” Dotcom said via live video link from his mansion in Auckland, New Zealand at the Unbound Digital¬†conference in London on Tuesday.

“I thought that due to court decisions we were monitoring from our competitors like RapidShare who did exactly what we did and were winning in civil court proceedings, and YouTube was winning against Viacom ‚Äď our sense was that we were protected by the DMCA law.

“We never for a minute thought that anyone would bring any criminal actions against us. We had in-house legal counsel, we had three outside firms working for us who reviewed our sites, and not once had any of them mentioned any form of legal risk, so I wish I had known that there was a risk.”

Sounds like his¬†in-house lawyers were tits and the three external firms weren’t much better. Of course given Dotcom’s history with bill paying they probably have ended up working for free…and you get the advice you pay for.

“The US government has taken all my assets up until the raid in all jurisdictions and after I invested money into the Internet Party, the MPAA sued me civilly to try to seize those assets too, so I’m officially broke right now.”

Well not all of them eh Kim? That’s why you have bail problems…some of your hidden assets have been found? ¬† Read more »

About moderation, ideas and life

By Pete

The Cameron Slater that started blogging 9 years ago was sick, angry and lashing out.  What he wrote was vile, upsetting and visceral.  Yet there was a constant kernel of truth and a continuous provision of information and insights into the political process you could never get anywhere else.  A small audience began to grow.

As was the thing, back in the day, allowing non-moderated comments to appear was part of the deal.  It was a point of pride.

The theory was that smart readers would realise that the views of commenters were not those of the blog or its operator. ¬†And Cam personally felt (and still does, if we’re to be honest), that free speech is sacrosanct to the point where he would allow anything to be written.

The problem was that he assumed readers would not connect those comments to him, and instead judge only the writer of such comments.

It’s no secret that since I’ve gotten involved, I’ve been busy mainstreaming Cameron Slater. ¬†Knocking the rough edges off. ¬†Making him sleep on things for another day before putting ‘pen to paper’. ¬†That certainly improved the general acceptability of the blog, and the audience grew. ¬†But we seemed to be hitting another barrier.

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Is extradition to Germany actually Kim Dotcom’s card get out of jail free card?

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There has been a lot of speculation about whether or not Kim Dotcom may be extradited if his residency is revoked for lying on his application.

There is also debate about where he would be sent to.

Some say Hong Kong as that is where he moved from to live in New Zealand….or to Germany…or to Finland….he holds passports in both of the latter jurisdictions.

Then you have to query David ‘Tainted’ Fisher’s expose…surely he knew about this already when he launched his dictated hagiography that he tried (and failed) to claim was work of journalism.

Could it perhaps be that ‘Tainted’ Fisher wrote the article to actually assist Kim Dotcom escaping justice by fleeing back to Germany? ¬†¬† Read more »

Et Tu Fisher?

“Et tu, Brute?” (pronounced […õt ňątuňź ňąbruňźt…õ]) is a Latin phrase meaning “and you, Brutus?” or “and you, too, Brutus?”, purportedly as the last words of the Roman dictator Julius Caesar to his friend Marcus Brutus at the moment of his assassination. The quotation is widely used in Western culture to signify the utmost betrayal by an unexpected person, such as a friend.

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Someone is very very worried.

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New Zealanders are a very generous lot. On charity sites such as Givealittle we help many different people and worthwhile causes.

It appears that many, many, New Zealanders thought that Independently wealthy Nicky Hager was one such worthwhile cause. The fact that he has made around $500,000 from his sales of the book ‘Dirty Politics’ doesn’t seem to affect their desire to help him financially.

I can’t help but wonder if two or three of the donations were rather large. I suspect there are two or three people in New Zealand who are rather concerned that if Rawshark is identified that the trail will lead back to them and their organisations.

Lets face it. If Hager expects us to trust him to read Cam’s stolen e-mails and only use what is in the Public Interest in order to make himself a not inconsequential chunk of change then SURELY he can trust the NZ Police to not reveal any information that they have to read in the search for information about the hacker Rawshark? Methinks the so called journalist protests too much. I suspect he has finally¬† realised that he was a pawn in a well planned and well executed Political hit. The people who used him knew how to reel him in and which buttons to push while keeping him ignorant of their agenda and who was really behind it all.

If he doesn’t fight the Police and the truth is finally revealed, his career and reputation will be destroyed in a spectacular fashion. In fact it will be so spectacular that I expect that it will be worthy of being made into a movie. Imagine… a book about dirty politics written by the pawn of a group of Black Op political operatives on a political mission to take down an extremely effective Political Operative on the other side of the Political spectrum. They use Dirty and criminal politics to frame him as being Dirty Politically in league with the government of the day.It was a plan so cunning you could pin a tail on it at call it a weasel!

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Nice try Herald, but a woman still gently weeps on Rudman’s column

Yesterday I drew attention to two article about Syria and the Herald’s stupid captions.

Well, it is clear that someone at the NZ Herald is still tasked with monitoring WOBH.

AS soon as “Tainted” Fisher discovered the errors he rushed to have the captions changed.

The woman is now reacting:

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The lies by omission and inference of a tainted journalist [UPDATED]

David “Tainted” Fisher has let his personal hatred of me cloud his judgement. Perhaps he thought he could get away with it because his editor, Shayne Currie, is on leave.

He has written a piece¬†on the NZ Herald site yesterday that has so many errors in it it could almost be called a work of fiction. The NZ Herald has already had to correct it twice, but I’ve thought overnight about the most outrageous claims by David Fisher and decided I couldn’t let it stand.

“Tainted” Fisher wrote this:

Blomfield had fought off the attacker, fiercely enough that police later found blood from which they took DNA.

He struggled to think who might want him hurt, or worse. In the end, he came up with a suspect list of 285,000 people – the monthly readership of the Whaleoil blog, who he believed had been given every reason to think he was one of the worst people in New Zealand.

So David Fisher, and his subject, have decided by inference that the person who attacked Mr Blomfield must have been one of you. You should feel outraged by this…not just by the inference but by the fact that David Fisher, and his subject, know who the attacker was, there was DNA evidence after all, and they also know that the attacker has been in custody since July.¬† His details are displayed on the¬†Police website, including what he has been charged with and when he was arrested.¬† Read more »

Poor Nicky, on edge after cops raid his house

Nicky Hager is crying a river of tears to anyone who will listen, which is most of the complicit media, like his pal David “Tainted” Fisher:

The family of journalist Nicky Hager have been left worried and afraid after a 10-hour police search of his home in a bid to find the hacker Rawshark.

Computers and papers were seized in what appeared to be an attempt to discover the identity of the person who provided information used in his Dirty Politics book.

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Hager said five officers came to his Wellington home last Thursday with a search warrant.

He was in Auckland at the time, giving lectures at the University of Auckland.

“Soon after the police arrived, the lead detective stated that I was not a suspect in their case, merely a witness.”

Hager’s sister Mandy Hager was present at the raid, and described on Twitter last night what took place.

“I observed police as they searched – polite and respectful (and slightly sheepish) – clearly strings pulled from above #dirtypolitics,” she wrote.

A police spokesman told the Herald officers had not deliberately waited until after the September 20 election to conduct the search.

“No. This is a purely operational decision based on where our inquiries have led us to date.”

In a media statement, a spokesman confirmed police had removed “computers and related items under search warrant from a Wellington address” as part of their ongoing investigation into alleged hacking of Slater’s emails.

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