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Hacker Disrupts New Zealand Election Campaign 75

Posted by samzenpus
from the throwing-a-wrench-in-the-works dept.
An anonymous reader writes New Zealand is facing its weirdest election ever with a hacker calling himself "Rawshark" progressively dumping emails hacked from a controversial blogger. This weekend, revelations forced the resignation of one Government minister and nobody knows what will drop next. Emails revealed that the blogger, called "Whale Oil", was in contact with both a government minister in charge of New Zealand's white collar crime investigations unit and with a PR man acting for a founder of a failed finance company then under investigation.
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Hacker Disrupts New Zealand Election Campaign

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  • Way to go (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 01, 2014 @04:18AM (#47798923)

    We need alot of more this kind of hackers.
    They keep tabs on us, invade our privacy, no reason not to do the same to them.

    Hack the planet!

  • feeding the whale (Score:4, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 01, 2014 @05:40AM (#47799139)

    Firstly there was the book "Dirty Politics" by Nicky Hager which contained the allegations backed up now by selective releases by whaledump :D (Theres an ebook on a certain nautical site i wont mention ;)
    The National government have been feeding sensitive info to this vitriolic blogger called Cameron "WhaleOil" Slater (WO) and using him to do their dirty work.
    There has been information "released" to WO under freedom of information, that had been denied other more legitimate journalists so that WO could launch his attack, there is evidence he was instructed as to which information to specifically request and the request was processed in an extremely short time.
    This is what has brought down our (Ex) Minister for Justice (ROFL) Judith Collins. The filth washes right to the Prime Minister John Keys "Office" and as an ex corporate banker involved in the Derivatives trade there are quite a few people that are not surprised, only elated that the filth gets shown before our election and not after.

  • by FatLittleMonkey (1341387) on Monday September 01, 2014 @06:57AM (#47799371)

    for a founder of a failed finance company then under investigation

    "for a founder of a failed finance firm then facing..." Can't make "investigation" work. Although that "V" might be close enough already. "Official fact-finding"? Doesn't really carry the same meaning.

    [Aside: The headline is misleading. It implies that a hack somehow interfered directly with the election mechanism. The hacker revealed corruption, it's the corruption which will disrupt the election chances of one of the major parties. "Hacked revelations threaten NZ National Party re-election bid". It's not like the hacker sabotaged a party's campaign site, or got into the ballot-printing or e-voting system. The difference between someone poisoning your company's products and someone revealing the poison your company puts in their products. In one case, they are the cause of the disruption, in the other they are just the messenger, you are the cause.]

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