Darwin hacker jailed for three years

Darwin hacker jailed for three years

Summary: A Northern Territory IT worker who caused millions of dollars of damage to government systems has reportedly been jailed for three years.

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in brief A Northern Territory IT worker who caused millions of dollars of damage to government systems has reportedly been jailed for three years.

Computer engineer David Anthony McIntosh, 28, is a former CSG employee who crashed several government services at Berrimah Prison, Royal Darwin Hospital and the Supreme Court on 5 May last year. McIntosh also deleted over 10 thousand public servants from the system. CSG holds major contracts with the NT Government.

Ninemsn late yesterday reported McIntosh had been jailed for three years as a result of the system crashes, with Justice Stephen Southwood reportedly telling McIntosh he "didn't cause significant permanent harm [but] nonetheless it was malicious".

The Northern Territory News reported last year that McIntosh said he felt "isolated" and "stressed" due to his physical segregation from the rest of his team. McIntosh used his colleague's log-in and IP address to breach the systems.

Topics: Security, Tech Industry

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  • Improper use of the term 'Hacker'

    In the world of programming the term hacker has only positive connotations: http://catb.org/jargon/html/H/hacker.html.

    The correct term for a person who breaks into systems with malicious intent is a 'cracker': http://catb.org/jargon/html/C/cracker.html
    anonymous
  • HEH

    Most people who hack into systems without permission are script kiddies.

    The debate between the meaning of hacker and cracker actually means nothing to most people now and the term white hat hacker and black hat hacker are more commonly used nowadays.
    anonymous
  • Hacker term

    hi Andy,

    we're aware of the historical distinction between crackers and hackers. However, the term's popular meaning has changed over time.

    Kind regards,

    Renai LeMay
    News Editor
    ZDNet.com.au
    anonymous
  • Hacker / Cracker, who cares?

    Hacker or Cracker, really, who cares what you call them, but this guy in the same strain as spammers and virus/malware authors. All wreaking havoc in their trail.

    Yes, I am aware that some ICT people would like to refer to a 'hacker' as a term of endearment but really, 'hacker : those that cant program properly'!. If they were any decent at it, they'd get qualified and be reffered to as a PROGRAMMER instead ! There is no confusion then!

    Seems to me that all those script kiddie wannabe weenies hacker/cracker/PITA are trying to make up for losses elsewhere in their tiny lives hiding behind a keyboard. Poor diddums that this guy felt alone. Do something about it and 'Get a life', dont destroy it, or others for that matter!

    I wonder if this dropkick will share skeeve stephens (another jailed ex con wannabe hack who stole customers credit card details) old cell. He did his cracking for profit, before turning it to blackmail when that didn't succeed. ( It's all documented elsewhere). I wonder also if this latest newb will setup a security consulting company when he is allowed parol like the other ex convict has?

    Q: Would you trust a ex con to look after your computer or company network when they get out? Are they leopards and stripes material, or can they really claim the religous awakening they have in prison as real?

    Kids nowadays. Discipline should start at school, not in a court of law.
    anonymous
  • some journalists should lear to read the court transcripts, at least the NTnews got it 1/2 right- http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2009/03/13/38995_ntnews.html

    "said McIntosh had written a letter to the Territory Government to apologise.

    "I'm disgusted with myself for what I did," the letter said. "I did not for a second think I would end up in jail."

    The letter, which was read to the court, said McIntosh was trying to prove there were "security vulnerabilities" in the system."

    Security vulnerabilities that did exist, after all he sniffed and decrypted datapackets on the Government's border router, which gave him credentials and VPN access to the "high security" datacentre.

    I have it on VERY good information that this guy now works for a security consulting firm on upwards of $4000 per week, and consults to the Australian Federal Government...
    crankybum