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Kelly demands apology for hacking allegations
From: InfoSec News <isn () c4i org>
Date: Tue, 4 Sep 2001 04:18:20 -0500 (CDT)


SYDNEY, Sept 4 2001, AAP

A NSW Labor MP cleared of allegations he hacked into confidential
Liberal Party computer files is demanding an apology from Opposition
Leader Kerry Chikarovski.

An internal report yesterday concluded that confidential files of
shadow cabinet secretary Charlie Lynn were accidentally loaded onto
the parliamentary computer of Tony Kelly by IT staff.

The clearance for Mr Kelly follows a police report last week which
also cleared him of any criminal activity in relation to the hacking

"A police report and a computer expert's report have totally cleared
me," Mr Kelly said last night.

"Mrs Chikarovski sullied my good name and I want an immediate apology.
I am furious at this revelation."

Government sources have threatened to take the matter further,
claiming IT staff knew of their error some weeks ago but had failed to
make a public admission.

Mr Lynn said he would seek independent advice from computer experts
before deciding whether to accept the investigation's findings.

Mr Lynn said the presence of his files on Mr Kelly's computer together
with hacking software was suspicious.

"I've asked Mr Evans to fax me the report tonight and I will examine
it carefully before I decide whether it's a plausible explanation," Mr
Lynn said.

Police seized four computers - two from each of Mr Kelly's and Mr
Lynn's parliamentary offices - as part of the investigation which
began on August 6.

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