Politicians who were instrumental in the passing of the controversial GCSB law are being targeted by an international hacker group which wants to dump their secrets online.
The Anonymous group of “hacktivists” say they will give the politicians who voted the bill in the chance to prove they truly have nothing to hide – and nothing to fear.
In an interview with the Herald, carried out through encrypted chat services, an Anonymous member named Prime Minister John Key, his deputy Bill English and Attorney-General Chris Finlayson as top of the hit list. United Future leader Peter Dunne and Act leader John Banks were also named.
“Releasing such personal information sends a message that they’re not very hard to find, they aren’t the only ones who can gather intelligence.
The Anonymous group has already conducted a successful strike against the Government, knocking the GCSB website offline on Friday. The person speaking to the Herald claimed to be a New Zealander and to have co-ordinated the attack.
The Anonymous member said the denial of service attack on Friday which took down the GCSB website was a distraction for an attack which secured secret data. The action had been driven by the passing of the new GCSB law. “It’s an unadulterated violation of human rights, constitutionally illegal, and an invasion of the people’s privacy. John Key is weak for giving in to the United States.”
A GCSB spokesman confirmed the attack, saying no moves were underway to find the culprit and there was no record of data being taken.