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   In 1992 Mendax and Trax teamed up with a wealthy Italian real-estate

   investor, purchased La Trobe University's mainframe computer

   (ironically, a machine they had been accused of hacking) and started a

   computer security company. The company eventually dissolved when the

   investor disappeared following actions by his creditors.

  

   After a public confrontation in 1993 with Victorian Premier Jeff

   Kennett, Mendax and two others formed a civil rights organisation to

   fight corruption and lack of accountability in a Victorian government

   department. As part of this ongoing effort, Mendax acted as a conduit

   for leaked documents and became involved in a number of court cases

   against the department during 1993-94. Eventually, he gave evidence in

   camera to a state parliamentary committee examining the issues, and

   his organisation later facilitated the appearance of more than 40

   witnesses at an investigation by the Auditor-General.

  

   Mendax volunteers his time and computer expertise for several other

   non-profit community organisations. He believes strongly in the

   importance of the non-profit sector, and spends much of his free time

   as an activist on different community projects. Mendax has provided

   information or assistance to law-enforcement bodies, but not against

   hackers. He said, `I couldn't ethically justify that. But as for

   others, such as people who prey on children or corporate spies, I am

   not concerned about using my skills there.'

  

   Still passionate about coding, Mendax donates his time to various

   international programming efforts and releases some of his programs

   for free on the Internet. His philosophy is that most of the lasting

   social advances in the history of man have been a direct result of new

   technology.

  

   NorTel and a number of other organisations he was accused of hacking

   use his cryptography software--a fact he finds rather ironic.