Telco hires Kiwi hacker

March 23, 2009
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The Whitianga teenager who brought a US university to its knees with his hacking antics has been hired by a telecommunications company.

Owen Thor Walker, 19, offending under the name Akill became the subject of a United States Federal Bureau of Investigation cyber crime investigation spanning the US, Europe and New Zealand.

Starting as a 16-year-old at school, Mr Walker designed “botnets”, which are a network of hacked computers able to be controlled via the internet by a single computer. He came up with a system that beat anti-virus software, which spread automatically, and it destroyed rival bot codes. (Waikato Times)