Is that all?

The go to boys for releasing stolen and illegal data, TV3, breathlessly released…well…nothing.

Just like with the tea-pot tapes they are all mouth and no trousers.

3 News has been contacted by a computer hacker who claims he has gained access to the personal email account of foreign affairs minister Murray McCully.

The hacker says he’s from a Russian group called the Comrades, and that the emails were taken as part of an international hunt for military secrets.

Emails from Mr McCully were made public after his account was hacked last year, which was initially blamed on the Anonymous internet group.

However, Comrades has now taken responsibility, telling 3 News that Government security “is very easy to bypass”.

Mr McCully is about to oversee up to $40 million in cuts at the ministry, where 300 people could lose their jobs.

One email sent to him from an unnamed insider complains of “mindless wasteful admin crap from Wellington” and tells the minister to “take a look at the MFAT phone book as it shows who is doing what”.

The email also criticises a pacific secretariat that gets $5 million in taxpayer funding but
“one meeting had 176 attendees for 6 days and cost $250,000 for almost no result”, and says “some outfit” supported by New Zealand aid flew a person to Noumea to give a 12 minute presentation.

It is quite possible that Murray McCully is the world’s first politician to have his reputation enhanced by the release of hacked emails.


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  • Hakim of phut

    Nice try to  downgrade the fact Russian and probably Chinese state security was reading McCullys emails.  You should say Farrar got in first with the ‘enhanced reputation’ angle. 
    If the amateurs can do it, the pros were doing it for the last 3 years , or longer. And you wont get snippets in the papers.
    Of course McCully is breaking the law, by conducting official business ‘offline’.

    • Rubbish…if they have got better juicier stuff they would have have published that…they got nothing except office tittle tattle and probably only on one day.

      Juicing your knickers over nothing is what you are doing.

  • MrV

    Odds on this actually being someone from the standard? Why would russian hackers bother?

  • More likely a Russian student here on a student visa – the fact the email address has got .ru in it means nothing these days. More concern should be about how “safe” telecom’s email network is from hackers…

  • parorchestia

    Comrades! Now there’s an original name for a Russian spy outfit.
    Some other prominent person used this term a lot.  Now who was it?