Hacker challenges Telecom online

Andrew Garrett, the hacker who stole Internet passwords from Telecom Xtra and ClearNet customers, is putting up a Web site which he claims will allege that Telecom put him out of business, overcharged him and breached client confidentiality. He says the Web site, which goes online this month, will contain scanned invoices and letters between himself and Telecom

Andrew Garrett, the hacker who stole Internet passwords from Telecom Xtra and ClearNet customers, is putting up a Web site which he claims will allege that Telecom put him out of business, overcharged him and breached client confidentiality.

He says the Web site, which goes online this month, will contain scanned invoices and letters between himself and Telecom.

Garrett claims to have hacked into Telecom Xtra last November in retaliation for Telecom cutting his phone lines when he was running a bandwidth provision business called The Hive. Telecom denies that Garrett breached Xtra’s network security, saying it’s likely that he stole the passwords from both Xtra and ClearNet customers directly from their PCs using the Back Orifice virus.

Telecom, which has laid a fraud complaint against Garrett with the police, would not comment on the Web site.

“He can do what he wants, we have nothing to hide,” says Telecom communications manager Glen Sowry. Computerworld will contact Telecom and follow up this story if and when Garrett puts up his Web site.

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