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 Rachinger never carried out the hack, instead blowing the whistle to TV3's The Nation, telling the programme Mr Slater wanted him to figure out who The Standard's contributors were and record their IP and email addresses.
A summary of facts showed Mr Slater believed Labour politicians were writing for The Standard and posting their views anonymously online.
Mr Slater admitted his part in the plot and was discharged without conviction in May 2016.