Who is “we”?

Keith Ng mentioned “we” constantly in his interviews today about his penetration of MSD servers.

This is interesting considering the latest developments.

Mr Boyle said the ministry was contacted last week by a man who said their systems weren’t robust and he would cooperate if there was a reward.

“While he wouldn’t provide any details we asked KPMG to begin penetration testing at this point and this testing has been accelerated and intensified. He did indicate he was working with a journalist,” said Mr Boyle.

This has all the hallmarks of an extortion bid not unlike the ACC affair where a malcontent didn’t get what she wanted and went to the media. Has Keith Ng stumbled into the midst of something more sinister?

Of course it is interesting too that Public Address is part of the Scoop Media Cartel which had their own poor security exposed by me on Friday. The exploit could just as easily have placed malicious code on Public Address.

UPDATE: Now we know who the “we” is…one of the Urewera 17, Ira Bailey.

Keith Ng has outed his source. Worse he has admitted that he has put him in touch with at least one hacker.

I put him in touch with an experienced hacker. This hacker told us that government organisations in NZ don’t really pay for vulnerability reports, and that they were likely to either respond poorly or not at all.

MSD called Ira back two days later. They told Ira that they don’t pay for vulnerability reports. Ira told them he’d been talking to a journalist and the conversation didn’t go anywhere after that.

Right, so this was no civic minded person, it was an experienced programmer, a system administrator, trying to get some coin, rejected from that attempt so shopped the story to his left wing pals in the media…interesting…if you now believe that this fellow just stumbled across a flaw in the kiosks by accident then I have a bridge for sale that you can buy.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.