Exclusive: Fark founder accuses Fox newsman of hacking – Valleywag
Curtis believes that Phillips, or someone working with Phillips, sent him and several other Fark employees deceptive emails in an attempt to get them to download a trojan, a form of computer virus. The Trojan was designed to capture their passwords and give the author access to Fark’s servers. In one case, it succeeded, giving a hacker passwords to a file server and one Fark employee’s email account; he tried, but failed, to break into Fark’s Web servers and email. Unfortunately for the hacker, Fark was able to trace his attempts to break into their system back to a machine in Memphis connected to a Comcast high-speed Internet connection.
At the same time, Phillips, already a Fark member, logged into several other user accounts on Fark — either ones he’d created or ones to which he’d somehow gotten access. Phillips also purchased, using PayPal, a paid subscription to TotalFark, a premium Fark service. The accounts all used the same IP addresses as the hacker. Busted. Curtis says he’s “99 percent sure” it’s Phillips — and is now attempting to pursue legal action, seeking detailed data from Comcast, to remove his doubts.