Ornig, who has delivered information about Islamic terrorism in Slovenia to the police: ‘I’m terribly afraid.’

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“I’m very concerned. The information that I delivered to the police in the last part of my investigation of extremist Islamic groups – it truly worries me because I live in a country that doesn’t know a thing about it,” says the most famous Slovenian hacker Dejan Ornig, who had worked for the Slovenian police for two years and a half, providing them with the most sensitive and confidential information. The police “rewarded” him with a house search and criminal charges.

Dejan Ornig, the most famous Slovenian hacker, talked with Dejan Kaloh in the Eksploziv programme on Nova24tv, discussing intrusions into private communications as well as how the Slovenian police had exploited him. He had cooperated with the Slovenian police for two years and a half, but does he also feel that he had been exploited by them? “Things started to become complicated with the widely publicised Tetra case.

For a long time, I‘d been warning the police that this communication system had security vulnerabilities, but nothing happened, and I was forced to forward the whole story to the media so that the security vulnerabilities would be eliminated as soon as possible. The whole problem in this story was that they started to investigate me as the main suspect of the intrusions and started to connect me with criminal associations. While I was investigated in the Tetra case, there were even allusions that I’d been delivering information from my security analysis of the communication system to criminal associations. I became terribly afraid, wondering how the police or individuals I’d inconvenienced with this story were planning to take revenge. I became truly afraid of what these people could achieve, so I decided to also reveal the second part of my story, that is, my secret cooperation with the police, specifically the Department of Criminal Intelligence. In this part I was forced to reveal the whole story concerning the police.”

For more than a year, starting in 2012, the computer expert Dejan Ornig had been warning Slovenian authorities about weaknesses in the information and communication network Tetra, which was used by the army, the police, government departments, SOVA, Dars, and the Bank of Slovenia. The police had used him to invade the privacy of individuals, and instead of praise he earned criminal charges and was even given a suspended prison sentence of one year and three months. He is without a doubt the Slovenian Edward Snowden.

M. S.