Top Council Aide Behind Hacking of Hawaii Rep's Website, Email

Hawaii State Legislature

The chief of staff to Honolulu City Council member Tom Berg hacked Rep. Kymberly Pine's website and government email account and is responsible for putting up postings and sending out an email calling her "a crook."

This according to an online document that was linked in an unsolicited email sent to Civil Beat by Eric Ryan on June 3. It arrived just hours after we published an article about the hacking.

Ryan appears to have taken down Pine's website in late April and altered the content of her official email account on June 2.

He helped with Pine's 2010 re-election campaign for her District 43 seat representing Ewa Beach, Iroquois Point and Puuloa.

The work included producing Internet templates including graphics for which Ryan alleges Pine is seven months delinquent in paying him "thousands of dollars."

The June 3 mailing on Pine's reppine@capitol.hawaii.gov account charges that Pine "is a crook." She has reported the hacking incidents to the authorities.

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