According to BBC “A top New Zealand telecommunications company has hired a teenager who admitted to taking part in an international cyber-crime network”. Well what could be weird than this. I think cyber crimes should be rising in a couple of weeks in hopes of cyber-security jobs. All you unemployed people specially if you are good with hacking networks I hope you are reading this. Well it’s not that simple to get a job. So, don’t try to break into a network and ask for a job after reading this.Owen Thor Walker, 18, admitted six charges of using computers for illegal purposes. He was a member of a gang which is said to have stolen at least $20.4m from private bank accounts. Although he had not taken money from people’s accounts, he was paid $31,000 for a program used by a gang to get access to the username passwords and credit card details. He had designed an encrypted virus that was undetectable by anti-virus software.
He was detained in November 2008 as part of an FBI investigation into global bot-nets – networks of hijacked PCs. Walker pleaded guilty to charges of accessing a computer for dishonest purposes, interfering with computer systems, possession of software for committing crime and accessing computer systems without authorization.
Walker is reported to have Asperger’s syndrome – a neurobiological disorder which can result in deficiencies in social skills. Although patients of this syndrome have normal intelligence, some may have exceptional talent in a specific area.
Walker was ordered to pay $10,000 (£5,000) in damages and hand over his computer-related assets. Police said they were interested in using his skills to fight cyber-crime. Investigators called Walker’s program one of the “most advanced” they had seen.
Now TelstraClear a top telecommunication company in New Zealand hired Walker to advice their corporate customers on internet crime. Well his past is not so dirty as he personally didn’t steal any money. However, he wrote a solid program which made the job easy for a group to play with money on internet.
I think I will jump into ethical hacking soon…