Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Teen hacker turns cyber-crime fighter

Wellington, New Zealand - New Zealand teenager who helped crack the gang crime in more than 1 million computers worldwide and skimmed millions of dollars from bank accounts of a new job as a consultant on security in the telecommunications company.

Owen Thor Walker has skills that can help senior managers and clients understand the security threats to their computer networks, TelstraClear Press Chris Mirams said the national radio on Wednesday.

Walker pleaded guilty in July last year - when he was 18 years old - on a raft of charges related to his work on the international network, which estimates the FBI infiltrated 1.3 million computers and skimmed a bank account or damage to computer systems, amounting to more than 20 million dollars.

The charges against Walker - who used the network name "AKILL", and wrote the so-called botnet infiltration of programs for crime networks - have been dismissed, and he was released without a criminal record after paying a fine and confiscation of cash from the gang, for his expertise .

Walker has already made a series of seminars for TelstraClear, said a senior security and management personnel in the company, and took part in the campaign, Mirams said.

"It was very easy ... to let them know the type of cyber-threats that they," Mirams said, adding that Walker also discussed how to protect yourself from these threats.

Some hackers to send mass e-mail to target the corporate or government computer systems to overload and crash the system. Others assume control of thousands of computers and build them into clusters known as centralized botnets.

In Hackers can use computers to steal credit card information, manipulate stock trades and crash the computer systems industry.

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