After the recent hacking of Norwegian mass killer Anders Breivik Behring’s Twitter account, it seems that the same group of hackers has also decided to compromise two of his email accounts.
They sent the information they found within the accounts to Norwegian freelance investigative reporter Kjetil Stormark and asked him to deliver it to the police.
A wise decision, especially for a group of hackers allegedly led by a 17-year-old, since Norway’s strong source protection law should protect their identities from being exposed.
Graham Cluley pointed out that even though al lot of people probably went “Yeah!” at the news, the fact that they accessed the accounts illegally could compromise all the evidence that might be found within them.
But Stormark commented on that by saying that under Norwegian law, in some cases the police can utilize information obtained illegally – as long as police officers were not the ones that committed or initiated the unlawful access to the evidence.
“The authenticity of the emails can easily be verified by the police by accessing the mail accounts directly, in stead of just evaluating the copies they have received,” he added. “By cooperating with the ISP in question, there should be a fair chance to access logs that would indicate whether or not there has been attempts to alter anything (of the contents) in the email accounts after July 22.”
“The clue here is that the perpetrator has maintained a significant number of email accounts. The police does not necessarily know about all of them,” he pointed out. “So helping them finding the accounts is the single most important part of the endeavor undertaken by the hacker group Noria, which I first came into contact with during my work on an extensive story on hacktivism, done for the Norwegian magazine Plot. Noria is a group of bright young people who were shocked by the events on July 22, and wanted to help the police in building a case against the perpetrator.”