Detective Chief superintendent David Cook (left) was allegedly under surveillance by News of the World during an investigation into the murder of private investigator Daniel Morgan (right)

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

#Leveson : #RayAdams And #Hacker #TRON Looking More Like Murder Than Suicide ?

Sean Hoare And TRON - Murdoch's dead hackers.

#leveson #newsint Why was NDS's Ray Adams interested in having news about hacker Tr0n's 'suicide' translated? #ondigital

A letter from NDS was found in the hackers belongings after his death...

The following year, in 1998, NDS went looking for more smart card expertise and contacted brilliant German hacker Boris Floricic. Known as “Tron” in the computer underground, Floricic had gained a reputation for cracking pay-TV systems.
A few weeks later, in October of 1998, Floricic was found dead, hanging from a tree in a Berlin park. The death was ruled a suicide by authorities — a ruling many hackers reject.
There has never been any assertion that NDS was somehow involved in the death. But the fact that Floricic’s father found a letter from NDS in his son’s belongings indicated the company’s willingness to consult the computer underground for security expertise. The incident also shocked the hacker community, which wondered if computer curiosity could now have deadly consequences.


The Adams email. It's long and not easy to read but you have to wonder why he wanted The Spiegel article translated

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From: Adams, Ray <>
To: Marc
Date: 11/11/1998 1:37:04 AM
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It is impossible to read and make any real sense. In many places it is
just a jumble of words. However, Knowing the background story I can make
some sense of it.


-----Original Message-----
From: Marc [mailto:]
Sent: 10 November 1998 20:00

hi mate
please fin enclosed the translated text from spiegel
i did not make any changes so you tell me how it reads
it comes from a universal translation programm
some grammar is a bit fucked up but i think its quite ok
let me know what you think!
if you want you can correct it and i will post it to the internet
that other people will have it.

Mined terrain

Criminals and spies are interested in the elite of that
Computer-freaks: A data-juggler died under
mysterious circumstances, another had to defeat BND Avancen.

The boy named himself " Tron ", and with researchers like him/it
had to
one itself around the technology-location Germany no one
Worries do. About his/its scientific curiosity to
gratifies, he/it obtained himself/itself one once even during
the night
complete telephone booth, because he/it at the data in the
stomach the
Box wanted to reach. Morning at five o'clock, Tron carted that
Little houses per Mietlaster back and screwed together it again


Only once, the hacker became caught ­ as he/it with a buddy
a public telephone with the suggestion-hammer processes
wanted. He/it explained the confused police officer that he/it
the chip
need because the Telekom has altered the software.

The judge didn't let that are regarded as apology and
covered end 1995 one year of custody on probation. Articles over

the case did the German hacker-elite of the chaos
Computers club (CCC) on the offspring-strength aware. Tron
chopped in the club, up to his/its end, henceforth.

At the 22. Octobers against 16 o'clock found persons out for a
walk in one
Park Britz-Süd a dead person at the Berlin subway station. Boris
alias Tron hung at a tree, the feet still on the ground:
He/it must himself/itself, the own belt about the neck, with all
has thrown forward.

The case first looked unequivocally for the capital-police:
Suicide, presumably on the day before. There are no tracks from

Strangely-effect, such an official. The friends of the hacker
questions a suicide however. Too many signs speak
according to her/its/their opinion against it.

Actually, Tron, 26, moved on mined terrain. That
youthful data-warlocks are as umkämpfts as after him/it today
World War II those men, who knew, like one rockets
into the universe or on other people's capital shoots:
Secret services like the Federal-news-service try her/it/them
, to lure. And also criminal-syndicates are interested for
her/its/their knowledge. A mixture-situation, in which even
Conspiracy-theories plausibly seems.

Hacker Tron was regarded as energy-loaded and live-glad, neither

financial still private worries was known. In the summer had
he/it a brilliant diploma-work at the technical
College delivered. Despite previous conviction, a job waved in

His/its mother, with whom he/it lived in the district of Rudow,
always knew,
where he/it was to be found. To the father, who removes 20 car
lived, he/it kept in touch.

At the 17. Octobers against two o'clock in the afternoon left
the house he/it
with the words: " I geh' shortly out ". he/it wanted a letter
throws in. Since not he/it his/its Notebook, like usual, in the
carried, the mother expected a quick return. As the son
didn't appear in the evening still, she/it alerted the police.

Friends of the CCC, who learned about Trons disappearance,
registered startled that the hacker not even the telephone calls

on his/its Handy accepted. As found the corpse
became, the postmortem yielded that still he/it four days after
Vanishes had lived.

" Even if the clues prevail for a suicide,
let's determine felonies " under the superscript, says
Kriminalhauptkommissar Klaus Ruckschnat, 41, boss of the third
Murder-commission, whose seven co-workers the case

For the searcher is certain that Tron itself " with someone
has met. We don't know however, with whom ". the additional
Orientation of the Handy-Anrufe yielded that he/it itself in the
has detained. On the basis of the circumstances, CCC-Sprecher
Andy Müller-Maguhn, we cannot believe " in suicide.

Because with his/its ability, cards at the kitchen table to
Tron romped about in a millionenschweren black
Market. As first hacker, he/it succeeded with it, a telephone
card to
copies. Late klonte he/it Handy-Karten and the chip-card of that

d-box, that digitales Bezahlfernsehen on hundreds from
Canals enabled. Because in series phony cards
Profit margins like the drug-trade promise, interests
itself the organized crime sincerely for that

1996, an international trio flew up, that 20 000 telephone-cards

in the face value of 50 marks in the package to 1,8 million
marks offered.
The highlight: The cards loaded themselves, shortly before
course, automatically
again on.

In Berlin, the business of the illegal Phone-Shops blooms, in
those foreigners with phony cards for 20 marks per half
Hour with the loves at home can chat. The Telekom
sum the annual damage on a " two-digit
Millionenhöhe ", without against the misuse many organizes to

The business with TV-decoders like the d-box promises, still
, to become more profitable. Phony cards for the Pay-TV cost
20 marks in the manufacture, becomes for 400 marks however

Tron tüftelte in another disruptive area. As
Diploma-work, " the realization of an encoding-technology,
for data in the ISDN-B-Kanal ", he/it developed an appliance,
complete ISDN-Kommunikation more favorably than previous codes

The topic encoding interests in view of that
multimedia future also secret services. Like gladly that
Services itself at the hacker-scene along-crawls, already proved

ten years ago the case Karl Koch. The cocaine-addicted and
psychically delicate computer-freak from Hanover, that on
Expeditions through the data networks supposedly until at
over laser-technology of the SDI-Projekts had advanced,
delivered passwords and programs of officers, space travel - and

Arms-companies at the KGB. In June 1989, a farmer found in the
Forest with Gifhorn Kochs corpse ­ apparently suicide.

Also the Federal-news-service (BND) recruits in the meantime
Computer-kids at. First beginning of this year kontaktierte one

Man, that itself as representatives of the Oldenburger
Padec GmbH spent, a Berlin student.

They met in the Berlin hotel at the zoo and pulled further then
a bar. For an investor, he/it needs information over
Data networks in Iran, the alleged economic-advisor explained.
The hacker showed interest.

Meticulously, he/it worked off a job-list, that him/it that
Padec-Vertreter on stationery of the management consulting firm

had given: Which Provider offer her/its/their services in Iran?

Which role does the mail-ministry play in Teheran? Who
drive the Iranian ground-station for the Satellitenzugang to the

kuweitischen Provider?

The hacker handed over the results of the finger-practice to the
April and got 2000 marks against receipt. The next job
followed promptly, this time it walked St. around the " region
here insb. Universities ".

The recruitment of hackers was for the BND with it long as to
risky. The badly controllable freaks could at them/her/it
Goes public. On the other hand, lack prevails at
Specialists, about " the diverse possibilities of that,
Communication in the ,Internet '", BND-Vermerk, to use.

On May 1, the man came from Oldenburg also to the matter then.
A co-worker of the BND has mentioned him/it, he/it told
the student. That remembers the offer so: One is at
hot Hacks interested. Whether he/it itself into Iranian
einloggen and information could obtain over secret
Arms-programs of the mullahs, above all
Holocaust-arms? The service at the fatherland, according to
Padec-Mann, is paid well and is risk-free. One
Prosecuting attorney guarantees that the chops remains with

The student requested himself/itself time to consider and looked
for advice with the CCC.
The legendary data-fogeys, that understand itself as scouts,
is known for her/its/their skepticism opposite services,
industry and

The freak had the BND known after it that he/it at further
Jobs is not interested. The secret asked for a last
Meetings, to clarify " about " misunderstandings. the student
in company of CCC-Sprecher Müller-Maguhn, that him/it
Pullacher wanted to ask, from Anwerbeversuchen future
, to foresee. However nobody appeared. Also vanished in July
the Padec Ltd. the partners had the dissolution

Also hacker Tron was approached from companies, however
never from the BND. The talent was allowed to secret service
agents known
has nevertheless been. On congresses, where with pride he/it
from bold
Hacks told, also listened French and
Dutch snoops.

About money, it was the subversive Hobby-Elektroniker
however not. He/it had had enough, if he/it with people, that
with him/it
Fix-trade rich had become, once an expensive Workstation
was allowed to use.

Investigators now have crate-manner computer-material from Trons

Do carpentry guaranteed. The hope on hints could deceive:
A friend says the hacker was " a master in codifying. That
crack no police officer ".