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Rogue spies hack Joel Fitzgibbon's personal laptop




Rogue spies hack Joel Fitzgibbon's personal laptop
Rogue spies hack Joel Fitzgibbon's personal laptop



http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,25248019-5001021,00.htm 

By Ian McPhedran
The Daily Telegraph
March 27, 2009

ROGUE Defence spies have been accused of hacking into Defence Minister 
Joel Fitzgibbon's personal laptop computer to steal bank details of his 
Chinese-born landlady and long-time family friend Helen Liu.

Mr Fitzgibbon rents a house in Canberra from Ms Liu and her details are 
not stored on his government-supplied computer. He pays his rent to Ms 
Liu's account via the internet using the laptop.

It is not clear whether the spies, including some from the top-secret 
Defence Signals Directorate (DSD), actually burgled his office or hacked 
into the computer remotely to discover the "Chinese connection".

DSD, which reports to Defence Secretary Nick Warner, is restricted by 
law to eavesdropping only on foreigners unless it is requested to assist 
other agencies by intercepting the "foreign communications" of an 
Australian. To enable it to do so it must have written permission from 
the Defence Minister.

Some spies regard Ms Liu as a possible security risk because of her 
links to the Chinese Government. Mr Fitzgibbon and his wife Dianne have 
known her for more than 16 years and he phoned her in China on Wednesday 
to warn of the revelations.

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