Rachinger convicted and discharged

Ben Rachinger has been found guilty of obtaining by deception and discharged, in the case involving Cameron Slater an attempted hack of The Standard blog.

Rachinger had entered a guilty plea last year and was trying to get a discharge without conviction but now has a fraud conviction.

Suggested on Whale Oil last December “So yes, I think a short custodial sentence is appropriate” so they didn’t get what they wanted either. With Slater getting a discharge without conviction after diversion any penalty for Rachinger would have been a travesty.

Newshub: Former Whale Oil associate Ben Rachinger convicted and discharged

A hacker who was hired by right-wing blogger Cameron Slater to infiltrate a left-wing blog site has been convicted and discharged.

In December, IT consultant Ben Rachinger pleaded guilty to obtaining by deception after he was paid $1000 by Mr Slater to hack into The Standard, with the aim of embarrassing the Labour Party.

Mr Slater admitted his part in the plot and was discharged without conviction in May 2016.

Newshub in December 2016: Slater-hired hacker pleads guilty to fraud

A hacker who was hired by blogger Cameron Slater to infiltrate a left-wing blog site has pleaded guilty to fraud in the Manukau District Court.

IT consultant Ben Rachinger, 28, was hired by Mr Slater to hack into left-wing website The Standard, with the aim of embarrassing the Labour Party.

Mr Rachinger was paid $1000 by Mr Slater, but never carried out the hack they discussed. Instead he blew the whistle to TV3’s The Nation, telling the programme he was asked by Mr Slater to figure out who The Standard’s contributors were and record their IP and email addresses.

Police alleged Mr Rachinger never intended to follow through with the promise he made to Slater. He was charged with obtaining $1000 by deception for saying he could and would hack the site.

Slater made a complaint to the police, which led to the charge.

A summary of facts shows Mr Slater believed Labour politicians were writing for The Standard and posting their views anonymously online.

He offered Rachinger $5000 – paying him $1000 up front – believing the hack on The Standard’s servers would uncover evidence of links to Labour.

Mr Slater admitted his part in the plot and was discharged without conviction in May.

As part of his legal deal Slater needed to admit guilt, but in posts on Whale Oil afterwards sounded far from contrite

Somehow, the media are still saying Cam ordered the hack.  Well, if that was even remotely true, then I don’t understand how stupid he was by asking the police to get involved and asking Ben to share his discoveries with police.  That clearly shows Cam had no intent to do anything stupid.

More details from last year: Slater’s statement on Rachinger looks dirty and Slater versus Rachinger.

Rachinger got embroiled in dirty dealings and has paid for it with a conviction, albeit with no other penalty. Newshub said “he’s looking forward to the chance to put the matter behind him”. Lesson learnt hopefully.

Slater managed to avoid conviction, but his reputation took a further hit and he exposed his hypocrisy on political hacking and his inclination towards dirty politics and retribution.

 

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    • BEN: Kia kaha!

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    • Pete Kane

       /  8th May 2017

      Good luck Ben – best foot forward.

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      • The pursuit of this prosecution was a huge waste of everyones money! So much for our judicial system!!

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        • Pete Kane

           /  8th May 2017

          BJ, tempting to send Crown Law a dinner invoice, as our long suffering contribution to this silliness, for well, just a bit of fun. (Will have paid for dinner already of coarse – no wish to make an honest restaurant proprietor pay twice.).

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          • Yes Pete, I am a snob so I would rather not be coarse, of course! I would rather send them a bottle of the roughest French red wine and hope they spend the time in the dunny that they deserve!

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        • His Honour Judge Wilteens was quite fair on me, BJ. He had nought to do with Slater because it was all handled via Diversion. I self-represented which His Honour did NOT like but we had a few good moments. I am very glad to put this behind me and move forward in a positive, community-contributing and quiet way. Thank you to PG for letting me post and others for your banter.

          I still read YourNZ every day. You’re a rowdy lot.

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          • Gezza

             /  8th May 2017

            I blame Corky & Blazer mainly for the rowdy.

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            • Pickled Possum

               /  8th May 2017

              Hey!!!! What bout me. I can be Rowdy too, you-know!
              And what bout Miss she is sooo Rowdy esp when you know who rakz her mild mannered miaow up.
              Good one Ben. Best of the Best for your journey.

            • Gezza

               /  8th May 2017

              Well, perhaps. You’re not as rowdy as often, Possum. 😀
              As for me, as you know, I do my best to try & just soar above it all like a pukeko. 😉

          • Missy

             /  9th May 2017

            Hey, watch who you are calling rowdy – that is definitely the boys! We girls are demure and ladylike in all our contributions. 😉

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            • Gezza

               /  9th May 2017

              It’s true. We don’t get much swearing or blaspheming from the ladies.

    • Corky

       /  8th May 2017

      One down, one to go Ben.

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    • Gezza

       /  8th May 2017

      Yup. Hang in there Ben. Put it behind you. (And be good ☘❤️ 👍)

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    • Tipene

       /  8th May 2017

      Ben, I bet you are watching the current High Court case with an eager eye, and no doubt a heap of awareness about one of the parties.

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    • Bill Brown

       /  8th May 2017

      @ben – oh well back to the booze and the pipe with mad rants on Twitter

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      • You may not have followed things over the last couple of years but there’s no indication any of that is anything but history (as far as I’m aware), so unfair to dig on that now.

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  1. Bill Brown

     /  8th May 2017

    What happened to taking on the Police?

    Or did I miss something…..

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  2. Corky

     /  8th May 2017

    Here’s one to celebrate the black clouds lifting from Ben.

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  3. And we are still no closer to any semblance of the truth of the Whale hack affair. Who did what, why and how have they managed to stay clean in the whole affair….

    Oh well never mind.

    You still have a long way to travel Ben – I hope the journey leads to some place not so fraught.

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  4. Revel

     /  8th May 2017

    Waiting for LPrent to post on this. Will be amusing to say the very least.

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    • Bill Brown

       /  9th May 2017

      @Revel….. you mean the musings of another mad man 😂.

      He probably won’t post as he didn’t get the outcome he wanted. Also The Standard has lost the plot – TRP claims it’s been over run by the Greenies

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      • Gezza

         /  9th May 2017

        It was always at risk of being taking over by a subversive element.

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  5. Missy

     /  9th May 2017

    Ben, I know we have had our misunderstandings and differences in the past, but I am genuinely glad that you did not get a custodial, and I do wish you the best for the future.

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    • Bill Brown

       /  9th May 2017

      @missy – he was never going to get locked up as the surrounding details on this were a bit of a joke really. I’m just not yet sure who was the bigger joke.

      I suspect the activity of the cops would be better placed under the microscope

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