Former hacker to fight cyber crime

 

                 
Australian telecom company Telstra has hired a New Zealand hacker as an advisor in the fight against digital crime. Eighteen-year-old Owen Thor Walker will work at TelstraClear, the New Zealand branch of Telstra, until the end of the year.  

Two years ago, Mr Walker confessed to being the brains behind an international gang of computer hackers, which used a system he developed to break into computers. The scam made millions of euros for the cyber criminals.

Mr Walker, who was a minor at the time of his arrest, was discharged from further prosecution after his confession. TelstraClear says he now wants to make his knowledge available to business.

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