Help stop my friend from trying to hire a black-hat hacker
December 18, 2013 2:13 PM Subscribe
Someone very close to me is involved in a UK libel/defamation case as plaintiff. They want to hire a black-hat hacker to 'improve' their case. I want to stop them from doing so.
posted by motty to Computers & Internet (25 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The case is pretty clear - the defendants have indeed defamed them.
Some of the defamatory material has been released to them and their lawyer, and while it will be long process, it is clear that the defendants will lose if and when the case actually comes to court.
However, the person close to me does not believe that all of the defamatory material has been released.
As such, being completely convinced that the defendants possess further material defamatory to them which they have not released, they have decided that it is a good idea to attempt to hire a black-hat hacker to hack into the defendants computers in order to get hold of this material.
They have approached me to help them do this as they believe that I know about 'hacking'.
That's because I used to work in IT, as a back-end web developer writing Perl.
With such a background, I know a little bit about security, of course, but nothing whatsoever about this kind of thing, other than that it is always a really bad idea.
I have tried my utmost but so far have been entirely unable to persuade them that their current chosen course of action is about the most stupid thing they could possibly be doing at this point.
Please help me come up with arguments to convince them not to do this.