Monday, June 16, 2003

Labour party website hacked - Al-Jazeera hacker caught - is it the same guy?

News hit today that the Labour Party website was hacked by an unknown source who replaced the usual yadda-yadda with a picture of George Bush holding his doggy Tony Blair gently in his arms. At first glance, it seemed that it was just business as usual for the anti-Tony lobby down at Labour HQ, but it was removed at 945am, although not before the BBC picked up the story and published it. Ouch!

All this while it was announced that the Al-Jazeera hacker that turned the controversial Middle Eastern TV network into a 'Let Freedom ring' screen had finally been caught. The culprit, a certain John William Racine II (version I obviously contained too many bugs). His punishment? 3 years probation, community service, a fine of $1500 and no doubt an alleged big fat $150k a year from a certain anonymous US government agency. You have to wonder with the hack attack on the Labour site whether they've put him to work already on explaining to Tony Blair just who wears the trousers in international politics...