MP’s email 'hacked for military secrets'
Tue, 21 Feb 2012 6:09p.m.
By Patrick Gower
3 News has been contacted by a computer hacker who claims he has gained access to the personal email account of foreign affairs minister Murray Mccully.
The hacker says he's from a Russian group called the Comrades, and that the emails were taken as part of an international hunt for military secrets.
Emails from Mr McCully were made public after his account was hacked last year, which was initially blamed on the Anonymous internet group.
However, Comrades has now taken responsibility, telling 3 News that Government security “is very easy to bypass”.
Mr McCully is about to oversee up to $40 million in cuts at the ministry, where 300 people could lose their jobs.
One email sent to him from an unnamed insider complains of “mindless wasteful admin crap from Wellington” and tells the minister to “take a look at the MFAT phone book as it shows who is doing what”.
The email also criticises a pacific secretariat that gets $5 million in taxpayer funding but “one meeting had 176 attendees for 6 days and cost $250,000 for almost no result”, and says “some outfit” supported by New Zealand aid flew a person to Noumea to give a 12 minute presentation.
The security breach may be worrying, but last week John Key said the acking wasn’t an issue, and today both he and Mr McCully declined to appear on camera.
However, the email from the Comrades hacker was clear, saying “This will not be the last time you hear from us”.
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22/02/2012 10:29:38 p.m.
Another nothing on so-called leaked information. On the bright side, at least it shows someone in the public service is getting sick and tired of having meetings for the sake of meetings, of people spending half their day on the phone gas bagging instead of doing their job....."mindless wasteful admin crap from Wellington [and the Minister must] take a look at the MFAT phone book as it shows who is doing what” certainly implies there are plenty of people getting paid a fair whack who do SFA. I have seen it first hand in my own department so it is no surprise that it is happening in MFAT.
But oh that's right, this article is meant to someone implicate McCully in wrong doing for wanting to get rid of the wastrels. Honestly TV3 one would have thought you learnt your lesson from the storm in the teacup rubbish.
How about you get back to being a politically neutral and informative source of media eh.
22/02/2012 7:49:40 p.m.
Anyone else making this type of security blunder on thier emails would face instant dismissal. I guess our countries military secrets aren't as important as private business.
22/02/2012 10:23:34 a.m.
What a waste of time that was then eh.
NZ military is a great big civil defence group.
Apart from one unit we do f all in the big picture of things.
NZ doesnt actually count out there in the big wide world these guys are living in la la land
22/02/2012 8:30:15 a.m.
It makes a change that the hacked emails not turned up in the Labour in-tray. Must be the 'Links to Organised Crime' than Helen Clarkes Office talked about. Just look to where the info appeared, and that it was ilegally obtained and how it benefitted Labour ... and how Labour didn't have such leaks showed it was an inside job at Labours direction. Then Helen did direct our secret service back then ...
22/02/2012 5:52:52 a.m.
Long live Anonymous!
21/02/2012 10:10:42 p.m.
I agree with Craig. The Comrades obviously found no military secrets but if they hacked further they would have found that we have no fighter aircrafts either.
I guess they didn't want to leave empty handed.
Patrick, more hacked e-mails please. I want to know what else my tax dollars is being wasted on?
John Key seems blase about the [h]acking, "its not an issue" so I cannot see any issue with you publishing them, verbatim.
21/02/2012 9:45:26 p.m.
"Hacked for military secrets" waste of time there then.
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