Insecurity expert's daughter was wired to fake bomb

A masked man chained a fake bomb to an Aussie teen as part of an attempt to extort cash from her dad’s cyber security company.

Madeleine Pulver was in her Sydney home when a masked bloke burst in and attached a collar bomb around her neck. The crook left a ransom note and then left.

Bomb disposal experts took 10 hours to get the collar off. It turned out to be a fake.

However, the father of the girl caught up in a Sydney bomb scare, is the chief executive of a company that sells software to coppers to build a detailed profile of a person just by analysing their keystrokes.

William Pulver is the CEO of Appen which makes “data stream profiling” software which can determine the country of origin of a person, their education, gender, whether they are left or right handed, their native language, if they’re a touch typist and their year of birth.

It also allowed “psychometric analysis” of text in addition to data stream profiling, allowing investigators to determine how much extroversion, conscientiousness, agreeableness, neuroticism and openness a person displays in their writing.

Coppers were asked by the Sydney Morning Herald  if it was believed the device was strapped to Madeleine in an extortion attempt on the father’s business, but the police spokesman refused to comment.

Appen co-founder and director of Appen Butler Hill, Julie Vonwiller, are also refusing to comment and said the company had no immediate plans to release a statement.

The business has done rather well and the company is not short of a bob or two. It is also possible that the software might have miffed someone enough to want to score some revenge. We guess that if attacker left a note it is being analysed.