Computer hack claim dismissed

Tuesday November 03, 2015 Written by Published in Crime

Speculation surrounds how the Cook Islands Herald obtained a leaked legal opinion which led to a court injunction being issued against the weekly newspaper.


Sources have told CI News “someone in Australia” hacked into the government computer system and was able to obtain a draft opinion written by Doctor Alex Frame about government spending.

However Cook Islands Herald’s George Pitt denied this when asked about the matter yesterday.

Minister of Finance Mark Brown told CI News if the government computer had in fact been hacked it would be a transnational crime. He said Pitt had already committed a criminal offence by obtaining a stolen document.

Brown added the government’s IT workers had said the system had not been hacked.

CI News understands acting Solicitor General Cheryl King, Financial Intelligence Unit head Bob Williams and Financial Secretary Richard Neves were the only people to see the draft opinion.  

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