NZ telco hires admitted botnet operator

By Michael Field, Sydney Morning Herald
 
TelstraClear, Telstra’s New Zealand subsidiary, has hired one of the worlds best known hackers [smh.com.au] — a teenager known as “Akill”. 
 
Owen Thor Walker, a 19-year-old who became the subject of a US Federal Bureau of Investigation’s “Operation Bot Roast” cyber crime investigation, was part of a hacker group known as the A-Team. 

 
TelstraClear, Telstra’s New Zealand subsidiary, has hired one of the worlds best known hackers [smh.com.au] — a teenager known as “Akill”. 
 
Owen Thor Walker, a 19-year-old who became the subject of a US Federal Bureau of Investigation’s “Operation Bot Roast” cyber crime investigation, was part of a hacker group known as the A-Team. 

New Zealand police finally caught him last year and he admitted to being the ring-leader.

TelstraClear spokesman Chris Mirams told Fairfax Media’s stuff.co.nz that they had contracted with Mr Walker for seminars and advertising which had been completed by late last year.

Also see coverage by Dancho Danchev [zdnet.com]

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