Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Singing to a common tune

Cry me a river, will you. This cybercreep made millions out of stealing from hacked bank accounts, but he couldn't spring the money to get himself out of jail?

He's already sold the movie rights. They're doing a sequel to American Gangster called South African Cyberthug. He's getting MILLIONS of US $, Denzil Washington will be playing the lead role.

Yeah right. In you
r dreams buster.

Notice the crawling hypocrisy and self-aggrandisement of this lowlife piece of shit.

Hacker tells how he spent a year in jail due to prisons bungle

Convicted Internet hacker Alistair Peterson spent more than a year in jail because the Department of Correctional Services refused to recognise a plea agreement he had entered into with the now-defunct Scorpions.

HACKED OFF: Convicted Internet hacker Alistair Peterson, his fianc�e, Jana Wagner, and his son, Lyle, at Zoo Lake after Peterson was released from prison. He spent more than a year in jail because correctional services refused to recognise a plea agreement with the now-defunct Scorpions
NICE TITS: Convicted Internet hacker Alistair Peterson, his fiance, Jana Wagner, and his son, Lyle, at Zoo Lake after Peterson was released from prison. He spent more than a year in jail because correctional services refused to recognise a plea agreement with the now-defunct Scorpions
Photograph by: DANIEL BORN

Parole officers demanded bribes of R5000

Peterson, who hacked into bank accounts and, after pleading guilty, developed award-winning anti-hacking software for the elite crime-fighting unit, was finally released last Thursday night after a magistrate ruled that he was being unlawfully imprisoned.

The man who once owned a thriving software development business and an apartment in posh Sandhurst Towers in Sandton, northern Johannesburg, now plans to sue the department of corrections for tens of millions of rands. (Yadda yadda yadda.)

He told The Times yesterday that the only thing that kept him
"going" during his extra year in jail was the thought of one day holding his son, Lyle, who was born in April.

"I held my son for the first time on Thursday, and the feeling was just overwhelming," he said. "My family was not expecting me; I just walked through the door and my dad just started crying." (Probably crying because he was so glad
to have his son behind bars in the first place.)

Peterson, from Reiger Park, east of Johannesburg, is now in talks with Hollywood film-maker Phillip Noyce to make a movie about his career as an Internet hacker. (Any relation to Gaynor Noyce of the Citizen?)

He started hacking into government departments' accounts in December 2004 and, on his first attempt, stole R9.8-million. (Ha ha ha! Couldn't have happened to nicer people.)

He soon became one of the Scorpions' most-wanted criminals for establishing a sophisticated syndicate in which he would ask acquaintances to open bank accounts through which he would launder the stolen money and allow them to keep 60% of it. (Generous to a fault.)

After stealing R55-million - R17-million of which he stashed in a bank account in Swaziland - Peterson was arrested by Scorpions' officers in an elaborate sting operation in March 2007.

The following month, he pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and money laundering in the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court.

Then he entered into a deal with the Scorpions' Cyber Cr
imes Unit whereby he would repay the money, serve six months in jail, and afterwards be released to develop their anti-hacking software as part of his community service.

The remainder of his eight-year sentence was then to be suspended. After his release from prison six months later, Peterson developed the software, which won an award for the Scorpions from the International Association of Prosecutors. The award was received by former National Director of Public Prosecutions Vusi Pikoli in Singapore. (Wowee!)

It was then that Peterson's real troubles began.

He was arrested six months later for "absconding" from jail after Boksburg Prison officials failed to note his release was in terms of his plea bargain.

He claims in court papers that he was arrested by parole officers who demanded bribes of R5,000 to keep him out of jail.

In court papers forming part of his application for release from the Boksburg Prison placed before the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg as well as in the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court, Peterson said prisons officials were "punishing him" for not paying those bribes.

"The Boksburg community corrections officers are supplementing their income by extorting money from parolees, threatening them with rearrest when they do not pay," he wrote in his affidavit. (I wouldn't be the least surprised and it serves him bloody right.)

The Times has seen SMSs Peterson received in prison from warders who demanded bribes of R5,000 to get him released.

While holding his son yesterday, Peterson said the additional 14 months he spent in jail placed a strain on his relationship with his fiancée, Jana Wagner, who was pregnant with his son when he was sent to prison for the second time.

He is now ready to sue the department of corrections for lost income and personal possessions, which include his apartment, which was funded by his legitimate business, and cars including a Porsche Boxster and Audi TT. (Tra la la la la.)

NPA spokesman Mthunzi Mhaga said last night he was not able to comment on Peterson's case.

Boksburg Prison spokesman Patrick Thobejane also said he was unable to comment on the matter.

Peterson said he is scheduled to meet Noyce - who directed films including The Quiet American starring Michael Caine, Australian drama Rabbit Proof Fence and South African anti-apartheid drama Catch a Fire - this week.

Noyce confirmed to The Times that he was waiting for Peterson to be released so he could develop the script.

But it is not over. Peterson is out on R5,000 bail pending the outcome of his appeal to cement his release.

He is waiting for a date to return to the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court.

Bert, here's looking at you. The wiener has sung.

3 Opinion(s):

Anonymous said...

What is wrong with you? Due to boon stupidity this guy spent a year in jail! Do you know the facts of the case?

Did you read the docket?

If not keep your sarcastic stupid opinions for yourself and keep to the truth.

Anonymous said...

There seem to be readers out there who don't read the substance of an article.

The article clearly states that Peterson admitted guilt.

He didn't even need to do cybercrime for financial reasons.

In his own words:

"I never needed the money, I was a software architect for a computer company where I was earning R80 000 a month. What I was doing was just for fun. It was the thrill of being able to do it," he said.

He thought he was invincible from the anonymity of his keyboard.

IT assumes a cult like status among certain members of the profession. With that attitude they don't last in the most well paid jobs because it's too mundane for them. They turn their hand to crime and get caught.

Even when they are caught, they still have a sense of entitlement because they believe they are demi-gods who are above it all.

Do you seriously believe the state would use the services of a person like Peterson with the security issues that involves?

Anonymous said...

How do you guys read an article? Do you not research?

This guy DID do work for the government. His services prevented R100 million in hacks from First National Bank alone in one month! See February 2008 article in the Star.

An article in the New York Times also refer to his company having been created solely to prevent internet banking fraud. The banks reported that due to his arrest, R400m was lost in the time he spent in prison due to the scorpions' having been broken up.

Read between the lines. The foreign newspapers seem to know more about our own cases.

Ignorance rules in SA...