Keith Ng has been called a lot of things

By Toby Manhire In The Internaut

6th December, 2012
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Hacker, blogger, journalist. The question of what to call Keith Ng (he called himself a blogger) has been a fascinating subplot since he exposed the gaping security hole in Winz kiosks.

The second part of the Deloitte report into the breach, a direct result of Ng’s work, calls for a new senior manager responsible for information, and a complete replacement of the kiosk workstations, while exonerating the ministry of a wider culture of info-insensitivity.

It mentions Ng by name nowhere, but assigns him a new designation, which may or may not be regarded as a demotion. He is “a member of the public”.

 

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3 Responses to “Keith Ng has been called a lot of things”

  1. hihosilver Dec 6 2012, 2:02pm

    Well, unless they have lumped him (correctly, but not by name) into the media, and are referring to Ng's source as a member of the public. Ng was acting on a tip, as I recall.
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    • hihosilver Dec 6 2012, 2:26pm

      Ah yes, I see what you're saying! See, I thought they were being progressive (well, not really *progressive*, but rather correct) in labeling a blogger part of the media.
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  2. MarkLockett Dec 6 2012, 1:43pm

    It is a great shame that the security hole in the kiosks will take so long to sort out. I was "between jobs" for many weeks earlier this year, and they provided a great service. I have a computer at home, but no printer, and did not feel like buying one while I had no income. Many employers and agencies request a lot of paper copies, so the printing service was great. The ability to bring in your own memory stick and print out was crucial. I have seen a lot of "media commentators" say they could not see the point of including USB access. That is the point! I cannot see why they were connected to the wider WINZ network. Mark Lockett
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