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The Luddites are in charge

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01.06.2019

OPINION: Picking apart the Government's embarrassing display of technological competence has been tough work.

This week's events have been laughable, serious and embarrassing. In equal measures.

It all started when Gabriel Makhlouf released a statement about an alleged hack on the Treasury's website.

"We discovered multiple and persistent attempts to gain access to our system, and specifically Budget-related information, and that's when I decided to refer it to police."

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So far, so straightforward.

The narrative at that stage was simple to follow: Political hacking had arrived in New Zealand and rogue sources were apparently trying to disrupt the government by releasing sensitive information.

But that wasn't the case. Far from it. The reality........

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