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A teenage vic­tim at the cen­tre of one of New Zealand’s most ag­gres­sive cy­ber at­tacks will fly to Den­mark to give ev­i­dence against the man who al­legedly tried to ex­ploit her.

The man’s trial comes more than three years af­ter he al­legedly hacked com­put­ers at the girl’s Auck­land home, her school and her fa­ther’s busi­ness in re­venge for a failed on­line re­la­tion­ship.

He was ar­rested in Septem­ber 2015, and charged with 12 crimes, in­clud­ing sex­ual ha­rass­ment, hack­ing and child pornog­ra­phy.

The case came to light af­ter stu­dents at Long Bay Col­lege in Auck­land com­plained about a de­nial-of-ser­vice at­tack on the school’s IT sys­tem. Ex­perts and po­lice were called in to help.

Au­thor­i­ties later re­vealed the girl’s re­la­tion­ship with the man be­gan through on­line gam­ing when she was 15. It al­legedly pro­gressed to shar­ing ex­plicit im­ages, and then Skype calls where the girl un­dressed in front of a cam­era. When she wouldn’t pro­vide more im­ages, he is al­leged to have at­tempted to black­mail her by threat­en­ing to post the im­ages to the web.

When that failed, it is claimed the man hacked her fam­ily’s home com­put­ers and then launched a de­nial-of-ser­vice at­tack on the school’s servers, ren­der­ing them use­less.

He also al­legedly up­loaded ex­plicit im­ages and videos of the girl to pornog­ra­phy web­sites and bom­barded the school’s Face­book page with links to the sites.

The school held as­sem­blies about the dan­gers of shar­ing im­ages on­line, and let­ters were sent to par­ents to ex­plain the sit­u­a­tion.

Po­lice said at the time it was one of the most ag­gres­sive at­tacks they had seen.

The girl and her mother will travel to Den­mark to give ev­i­dence at the trial next week.

The 27-year-old man is un­likely to go to prison as he has been di­ag­nosed with a per­son­al­ity dis­or­der.

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