AKILL, the Kiwi botmaster

December 7, 2007 at 9:40 pm Leave a comment

New Zealand’s dubious claim to fame is being home to one of the world’s largest botmasters- Owen Walker, aka AKILL, aka Snow Whyte, aka leader of the A-Team.

The 18 year old stays in the Waikato town of Whitianga and police have described him as “very, very bright in terms of his ability to produce this sort of code.” He suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, a mild form of autism often characterised by social isolation but great intelligence and talent in a particular area. He was something of a loner at school, picked on by bullies, and completed his education using a correspondence course after leaving school early (when 14).

The police raids were a result of Project Bot Roast run by the FBI. The trigger seems to be a revenge 50,000-bot attack on IRC servers that inadvertently brought down U Penn’s network.

He is also being investigated by the Dutch for his role in an adware scheme thought to have infected 1.3 million computers.

Thanks to the mainstream media, middle-New Zealand is getting a whole new vocabulary that includes words like bots, zombies, botnets, botherders, malware, adware, distributed denial of service attacks, and Trojans.

“It’s a cultural change for us,” said Andrew McAlley, a spokesman with the New Zealand Police. “I think it’s going to take time for New Zealanders to come to grips with the ramifications of it.”

New Zealand, say hello to the black side.


Entry filed under: fraud, network, NZ, security.

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