Inconsistent treatment for hackers?

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

It is reported that a teenage hacker who made headlines for accessing computers around the world without permission for dishonest purposes, has been given a job by a New Zealand telecoms company.

Nineteen year old Owen Thor Walker, from New Zealand, was exposed as “AKILL”, a hacker who had written malware to steal bank account information and was said to have played a role in controlling a botnet of over a million computers worldwide. Walker escaped jail, but was ordered to pay $11,000 in fines.

Now it has been revealed that TelstraClear, New Zealand’s second-largest telecommunications firm, hired Walker to conduct security seminars and assist them with advertising.

You have to raise an eyebrow at this point, and ask if…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.