Bank squatter denies hoax mail

Originators of the squatted URL that provoked Westpac Banking into calling in the Australian Federal Police have posted a blog denying involvement in the circulation of a hoax email at the centre of the dispute.

          Originators of the squatted URL that provoked Westpac Banking into calling in the Australian Federal Police have posted a blog denying involvement in the circulation of a hoax email at the centre of the dispute.

          The hoax mail resulted in a news agency and a national newspaper running stories wrongly claiming that the bank's website had been "hijacked".

          The squatted URL (based on the Westpac brand name) now says: "There has been a security warning dealing with Australia's "Westpac" bank site for some time now -- but such is not related to this site, or any of my 'operations',"… adding that "the security warning on Westpac's own site is (That it seems to be unaware of, is Westpac's own doing, and shows their level of competence and/or wisdom - not mine!)" sic.

          A directory of other ready-to-squat financial business domain name sites has also found its way into the public domain, although most are yet to be registered. The list includes sites aimed at AGC Finance and the ANZ Bank suggesting that squatter may be of antipodean origin.

          The sites also contain unfavorable references to interest rates, call center staff and the treatment of employees as well as a warning to a "CEO dude". Levels of coherence differ.

          The sites are hosted out of www.nz2.com, which features highly suspicious animated GIFs of sheep and the text "In Dunedin is the girl I love".

          Computerworld (Australia) has attempted to contact the holder of the domain, so far without success.

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