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German Hacker Launches 'Kill.net' In Anti-Terrorism Effort

by Majik on October 8th, 2001 Kim Schmitz, the German hacker and businessman who has made headlines recently by declaring a hacking war on terrorism, has launched a new Web site as part of his efforts.


The Web site, http://www.kill.net , was launched Sunday at just about the same time that the U.S. and U.K. launched the much-anticipated first military attack against Osama bin Laden's based Qaeda network and Afghanistan's Taliban government. Bin Laden is believed to be the mastermind behind the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the U.S.





Schmitz said he will use the Web site to help recruit hackers for his newly formed organization YIHAT (Young Intelligent Hackers Against Terror). The Web site also will be used to publicize YIHAT, deliver information about its activities and will have a forum for hackers to communicate.





Schmitz, 27, is a former teen hacking prodigy who spent time in jail before founding and then selling an 80 percent stake of a successful data security firm for a small fortune. He said that Kill.net was chosen for the URL because "the Mission of YIHAT is killing terrorism." The URL was given to him by a friend - a former hacker - who wants to support YIHAT, he said.





On Kill.net, the mission of YIHAT is outlined as:





- Searching for accounts of terror organizations.





- Identifying money transactions related to terror.





- Searching for terror organizations' financial supporters.





- Capture and deliver terror-related data to the USA.





According to the Web site Schmitz is listed under his alias "Kimble" for as administrator for Europe. Someone with the alias "Razorblade" is also listed as an administrator. Schmitz said Razorblade lives in New York, and will handle the U.S. division, "which means he will take care of the U.S. hackers."





Schmitz, who lives in Munich, said there is a second reason for choosing Kill.net: "This domain is easy to remember. The potential for misspelling it is small."





Schmitz, sometimes accused of being press hungry, is generally acknowledged to be a gifted marketer.





But in talks with Newsbytes he has repeatedly maintained that his strong publicly stands against terrorism - including a $10 million reward for the capture of bin Laden - stem from deeply felt beliefs, and are not a public relations gimmick. He says he has received several death threats from Middle Eastern sources.





Nonetheless, a look at Kill.net's home page might give critic's ammunition. Schmitz is pictured where sunglasses and an Uncle Sam outfit pointing his finger at the viewer, reminiscent of the U.S. military recruitment posters with Uncle Sam saying: "I Want You."





Schmitz confirmed that this was his intent, saying his message is: 'I WANT YOU' to join the army of hackers against terror."





Schmitz last week claimed that YIHAT had hacked the computers of the AlShamal Islamic Bank in Sudan. He claimed data on the accounts of the Al Qaeda terrorist organization and on Bin Laden were collected, and that the information was turned over to the FBI. The FBI declined to comment on Schmitz's claims.





Schmitz, when asked today whether any more bank hackings linked to terrorism had occurred, said: "Yes, but not ready to be published yet."






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