Both TVNZ and TV3 news staff are converging on the story of "New Zealand's most active hacker" and it is possible that both channels will run with the story tomorrow night. TV3 has had its Christchurch staff at work on the story today, but it appears TVNZ may have the inside running on an interview with the man at the centre of the story.
The story involves a young Christchurch man who is said by investigators to have been involved in malicious attacks on many sites at home and abroad, and has bragged on the Web of breaking into the Internet Group (Ihug).
The actions of the man and his associates - some of whom align themselves with a hacker group called the Chaos Computer Club (now Chaos Inc.) - were extensively reported by @IDG and Computerworld last year, resulting in the threat of legal action from one Auckland man. TV got interested after a report by Roger Dennis in the Christchurch Press this week, which quoted Internet security consultant Daniel Ayers' description of the Christchurch man as "New Zealand's most active hacker".
Since the Press story was published, a notice has appeared on the Chaos Inc. Website headed 'Chaos member attacked'. It claims that a member of Chaos Inc has been "unjustly accused of criminal acts by The Christchurch Press (New Zealand), the New Zealand Police and Internet Consultant, Daniel Ayers" and that Ayers and Alan Brown of Manawatu Internet Services have a "personal grudge" against the man concerned.
"This is just another in a long list of blasphemous attacks on our members to try and discontinue Chaos. Chaos is a group promoted (sic) to helping the internet," the message continues. "We have achieved many positive things, such as helping Internet Service Providers with possible open doors in there (sic) system. Once again we claim no wrong doing and will continue to be active in the internet community."
Ayers and others who have been investigating the man's actions, including Detective Mike Chappell of the Christchurch police and Ihug director Tim Wood, are known to have become frustrated at the lack of any law with which to prosecture him. They may now have decided to change tack and "go public" in an effort to press for effective computer trespass laws.
It is expected that the TV news teams will interview Ayers, Chappell and Wood, as well as representatives of TPNet, the man's former ISP, and Netlink.
The Chaos Inc. Website is at the following URL: