‘Evil’ pleads guilty in Platform Networks case
Upside: no more ‘NBN hacker’ headlines?
David Noel Cecil, who earlier this year was arrested on accusations that he had hacked into computers operated by Platform Networks, has pleaded guilty to two counts of causing unauthorized modification of data.
The attack on Platform Networks earlier this year led to a flurry of entirely inaccurate but distressingly persistent stories that Australia’s National Broadband Network had been hacked. Nothing of the sort happened: Platform was signed on as an NBN retail service provider, but had not yet gone live on the service.
That widespread cluelessness, partly fuelled by early police statements that the attack “threatened Australia’s cyber-infrastructure”, eventually drew an angry response from NBN Co CEO Mike Quigley that there was no threat to the NBN infrastructure.
Cecil still faces a further 48 charges, the Central Western Daily quotes Ringbauer as stating that many individual incidents occurred within seconds of each other. It is therefore feasible that prosecutors may consolidate these into a smaller number of charges when the matter returns to Orange Local Court on December 16. ®
What an idiot. If he had used a moniker less emotive, eg. 'Curious', he probably wouldn't have given the media such a headline and the resultant political pressure applied by the population to the politicians (and thereby to the police), wouldn't have been so acute.
Besides, 'Evil' is lame. He could have used something like 'AllahIsGreat' or 'JihadJihad' or 'Ayatollah' to really give the media an opportunity to whip us some out-of-proportion public hysteria.
The only good hacker is dead
Time to dismiss Evil for Good.