So when is a hacker a hero?

The TAB betting agency’s website has been hit by a cyber attack.

The website remained operating today, despite coming under an attack that started on Boxing Day and caused it to crash a number of times.

Punters faced difficulties placing bets but their account information was secure, New Zealand Racing Board chairman Glenn Patrick said.

“We can now confirm that we have been the target of a concentrated cyber attack and our best people and suppliers have been working around the clock to stabilise our site,” Mr Patrick said.

Punters unable to place website bets were asked to use the phone betting service.

The TAB had received information about who was behind the attack and passed that on to police, Mr Patrick told Radio New Zealand.

The New Zealand media thought all this Kim Dotcom and Rawshark stuff was a bit of a laugh.  They pretty much turned them into folk heroes.

But recently, the fun has gone out of it.  All the kids and young at heart haven’t been able to play Playstation and Xbox for days.  Think of all the Christmas presents that are sitting idle with kids and families unhappy.

Hackers did that.

And then, the TAB web site got taken out.  People couldn’t do any of their on-line betting.  How much fun are hackers now?  Anyone still think they are folk heroes?

Kiwibank had IT problems yesterday.  They were at pains to point out it didn’t involve hackers.  Why?   Aren’t hackers fun people?  Aren’t hackers meant to be lauded and treated like folk heroes?

Rawshark and his mates are criminals.   They broke the law.  The media have vilified the hacker’s victim.

Hackers are cowards.

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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.