Media reports have described Ira Bailey as the first person to discover the #wtfmsd exploit. That might be correct – but the department’s real problem is that they don’t know who else has discovered this. Maybe no one. Or, maybe members of a criminal organisation found out about this and have used the exploit to commit a massive benefit fraud costing taxpayers millions! MSD simply doesn’t know, and it’s going to take a multi-million dollar investigation and audit process to find out.
That possibility and the huge costs involved in resolving it seems more newsworthy than the possibility suggested by the PM that Keith Ng paid Bailey, or that Bailey asked MSD for a reward, or whatever.