Keith Ng has been called a lot of things

By Toby Manhire In The Internaut

6th December, 2012

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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4 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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    • Toby Manhire Dec 6 2012, 2:18pm

      @hihosilver - that was my first thought, too, but Keith Ng's source had alerted him (and phoned the MSD) long before Oct 14. Ng provided the information to the privacy commissioner on Oct 14, the same day he blogged - that blogging is presumably taken to mean "alerted the media" ...
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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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