Hundreds of young Copenhagen residents are collectively holding their breath after information surfaced that a well-known DJ may have hacked their computers, gaining access to their webcams and all of their personal information. The motives are still unknown.
Today, the Copenhagen Police department confirmed to VICE that this DJ has been under investigation since the 16th of April, that they’ve searched his apartment and that they are currently examining the items recovered. Police have been in touch with people whose information has been stored on the DJ’s computer, ringing each victim every time their details are found.
Because this is an ongoing investigation – and out of respect for the victims – we have chosen to disclose neither the victims’ nor the hacker’s identities at this time. We have been in contact with the DJ in question, but he doesn’t want to comment on the charges at this moment in time.
Close sources estimate that more than a couple of hundred people have been hacked by DJ over the course of the last three years. After watching tutorials on the usage of Trojan horse viruses, the DJ started sending infected party invites to his victims. Once opened, the Trojan horse gave him full access to their computers, mail systems, chats, pictures and webcams.
At present, it seems that, unlike many hackers, the DJ wasn't interested in financial gain – he just wanted to watch his victims through their webcams. This means he’s only risking up to one and a half years in prison, as this kind of voyeuristic hacking activity isn’t considered a hard crime in Denmark.
One VICE associate remembers early warning signs from the DJ, who once bugged a Skype call with another DJ on a downward crack spiral, before sampling his mutterings as vocals and mailing it around to his friends. When the same VICE associate learned the extent of the DJ’s transgressions, he posted a reference to hacking actions on his own Facebook page. He soon received a barrage of calls, one of which was a threatening call from the DJ himself. First demanding that he "get that thing about me off your wall now", the DJ then told our associate his story.
"The man has virtually rendered himself socially radioactive," we were told.
VICE has been in contact with a number of the victims, but so far none of them have wished to go on the record. According to one of the people we talked to, the victims are afraid of repercussions from the DJ, paranoid of the information he could release.
"People are afraid and ashamed," one said. "Nobody knows what he has on them. They're scared of being singled out.”
We will keep this updated as the story unfolds. Until then, put some tape over your webcam.