Bandwidth bludger a victim of spammer's revenge

The teen who dobbed Net4U founder Sahil Gupta in to the New Zealand Herald is also the spammer quoted in an earlier story in the newspaper.

The teen who dobbed Net4U founder Sahil Gupta in to the New Zealand Herald is also the spammer quoted in an earlier story in the newspaper.

Computerworld Online understands that Steven Taylor, also known as Captain Bob and Master Mithras, talked to the media about Gupta's alleged leeching of bandwidth from provider Attica Communications, now part of CallPlus, after Gupta cut off Taylor's spam server.

Taylor made public a recording allegedly of Gupta talking to one of his employees, identified by Taylor as "Will". In the recording Gupta allegedly confesses to stealing bandwidth from Attica Communications.

"Will" is a former employee of Net4U who resigned shortly before the story broke. He says he had two motives for blowing the whistle on Gupta.

"Mainly because, one -- he took down Steve's server, and two -- he didn't pay me enough. He was saying 'I'll give you $15,000 a year' when we'd already agreed to $60 an hour."

Taylor declined to elaborate on his motivation for talking to the media about Gupta and Net4U.

Gupta did not wish to comment on the issue except to say the truth behind the accusations has yet to come out.

CallPlus managing director Malcolm Dick has laid a complaint with the police over Taylor's allegations after investigating the matter internally.

"We've told the police and we'll just have to see what happens next," Dick says.

"We have a large amount of international bandwidth and we had a proxy server on the edge of the network that somehow got its security switched off. Anyone could have accessed anything for free."

A police spokeswoman was not immediately available for comment.

Dick says Gupta approached CallPlus offering to pay for the traffic.

Telecom is also investigating the matter.

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