A Franco-Israeli hacker has threatened to sue a website over articles linking him to the death of the father of one of its journalists. GrÃ©gory Chelli, alias Ulcan, phoned Rue89 reporter BenoÃ®t Le Corre to mock him after hearing the news of his fatherâ€™s death from the heart attack.
On Wednesday Rue89â€™s founder, Pierre Haski, published an article reporting the death of
Le Correâ€™s father, who had been in an artifical coma since suffering a heart attack following prank calls from Chelli.
After Rue89 published a report by Le Corre on Chelliâ€™s hacking of pro-Palestinian sites during Israelâ€™s Gaza offensive this year, the hacker, who lives in Israel and runs a website called ViolVocal (VocalRape), called the journalistâ€™s father and told him that his son had died.
Forty-eight hours later police arrived at the fatherâ€™s home at 4.00am because Chelli had told them that the man had killed his wife and son.
Three days after that Le Correâ€™s father had a heart attack, which left him in hospital in an artificial come until his death on Tuesday.
Doctors had previously warned him that he was at high risk of a heart attack but, Haski wrote on Wednesday, it was â€œdifficult not to make a connection with the stress suffered in the days before his heart attackâ€.
â€œWe canâ€™t establish a clear correlation between the stress and the heart attack but youâ€™d be inclined to say that it is not unrelated,â€ a doctor told Rue89.
Shortly after the death was announced, Chelli sneered at Le Corre on ViolVocal and then phoned him to offer his â€œcondescendenceâ€ â€“ subsequently correcting his words to â€œcondolencesâ€ â€“ and suggesting that the pair have a boxing match to â€œmake lots of moneyâ€.
In a tweet he declared that he felt â€œin no way responsibleâ€, adding â€œI want to sue for libelâ€.
Apart from hacking pro-Palestinian website, Chelli broadcast a recording of a police officer he had tricked into reading a file on Haski over the phone after Rue89â€™s first story on him.
He has also hacked the site of anti-Semitic comedian DieudonnÃ©, harassed the a female police officer who denounced racism and homophobia in the police force and taken part in the sacking of a pro-Palestinian bookshop.
Several cases have been filed against the hacker and an investigation has been opened in Paris but the Israeli authorities have so far failed to take any action.