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From: InfoSec News <isn () c4i org>
Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2001 04:41:56 -0600 (CST)


[Heh... Over the years I have had a few death threats, but I never ran
to the press and yacked to them on why, I just packed the ol' Glock 26
in the gunny sack for a few weeks and paid a little more attention
than usual to my surroundings. If anyone Mr. Schmitz should worry
about being whacked by, its probably more likely a disgruntled
investor than anyone else.  - WK]

By James Middleton

The public face of the Young Intelligent Hackers against Terror
(YIHAT) spoke today of his fear that a terrorist organisation might
arrange his death.

The millionaire hacker Kim Schmitz, who may be on the verge of
bankruptcy, told The Guardian today that he fears for his life. "If
one fanatic thinks he would do a favour to somebody who doesn't like
me in the Islamic world, it's the easiest thing just to come by and
give me a bullet," he said.

Schmitz claimed to have received several death threats and
acknowledges that he may also be putting his staff at risk with his
grand claims. But he told The Guardian that his actions were worth the
"obvious risks".

The 27 year-old hacker is still adamant that YIHAT's battle plans are
solid. The group claims it had two successful operations in recent
months, namely hacking into the Al-Shamal and Arab National banks and
capturing information on bin Laden and his supporter's financial

"We are very confident we can find potential sleepers, or at least the
supporters and financial backers of those people," said Schmitz.

But what has dogged YIHAT's reputation most is reluctance on the FBI's
part to discuss whether it has received any such information from
YIHAT, and a denial of any security breaches from both of the banks.

The vigilante group has since been forced back "underground" and was
prompted to kill off its website after a flood of bad press and
ridicule from the hacker community. But Schmitz reckons that his
mysterious army of "security experts from around the world", now
numbering 48, is capable of taking down terrorist organisations.

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