Left wing blog hacks ACT party computer

“Ah, but that doesn’t make them hackers”, you say.

No.  But this does

we’ve had a look, and they are right. There is a huge data base of members and donors on the list, alongside a fascinating document from Franks/Ogilvie to the hard right NZ Initiative outlining their hatred of Maori gaining any power under the new RMA.

Accessing data with prior knowledge that you are not allowed to access it, no matter how trivial the act itself, is an illegal act.

It would be the same as saying “I took their TV, because all the doors were open and I could walk straight in”.

Of course I’m not really serious.  But that’s the argument they used against Cam Slater and this blog when he did the same with the Labour party’s web site.

The Labour party laid a police complaint that they were hacked.

I doubt ACT are going to give Martin Martyn Bradbury the pleasure of that kind of attention.

For the technologically disinclined among you, all that happened is the computer that houses the ACT party web site had a folder/directory left with security settings that anyone could access the content if they happened to be passing.

It is quite likely there was some low level probing instead of an accidental discovery.  Similar to a courier dropping off a package, finding you’re not home and making himself a cup of tea.   In essence it’s wrong, in the bigger scheme there is nothing that the police would even open a file for.

It is dreadfully embarrassing for the ACT party to have potentially exposed all if not a large part of their financial supporters to the people on the left.  If there are any significant names among them they are likely to face further harassment.


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