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Fox Hacks Fark

kdawson posted more than 6 years ago | from the rule-number-one-is-see-rule-number-one dept.

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circletimessquare writes "Valleywag.com is reporting on a case of a hacker not covering his tracks. It seems that, via a targeted email, an admin at Fark.com downloaded a trojan, which was used to steal passwords for Fark servers. Notably, these activities were traced to an IP address in Memphis Tennessee, and to a Fox News new-media reporter. As to the veracity of the story, that is bolstered by the fact that the story was greenlit for the front page of Fark. Motive? That could range from Fark being a rumored Fox takeover target, to stealing source code for a competing Fox social networking site. If the story is true, laws have been broken, but perhaps not by the Fox News reporter: it's possible his computer was hacked as well. Whatever the truth, it's a very entertaining read, as it pushes a number of hot buttons."

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Hah. (5, Funny)

Klickoris (1104419) | more than 6 years ago | (#20267831)

Fox is an internet hate machine.

Journalist == Hacker? (4, Interesting)

RunFatBoy.net (960072) | more than 6 years ago | (#20267835)

So, did this Phillips guy develop the trojan that stole the Fark passwords? Did this guy minor in CompSci?

So a news anchor has hacked Fark in an attempt to possibly steal source code for their own social networking site?
This apparently isn't your average local anchor.

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Re:Journalist == Hacker? (4, Insightful)

Xtravar (725372) | more than 6 years ago | (#20267893)

So, did this Phillips guy develop the trojan that stole the Fark passwords? Did this guy minor in CompSci?
He sent a trojan. Any idiot can do that, with the plethora of pre-built and easily customizable trojans out there.

Not to mention, it doesn't take a genius to write a trojan and any hobbyist programmer can do it (though maybe a little harder now with "enhanced security" in Windows").

Re:Journalist == Hacker? (1)

LWATCDR (28044) | more than 6 years ago | (#20268339)

But what idiot runs a trojan?
Not only that what is he doing running Windows?
Well I will not need to go to Fark every again.

Re:Journalist == Hacker? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20268455)

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We hurried finished and got our clothes back on as I asked him when was he going to help me. He told me to make sure no one was at home and when the coast was clear, to come find him and he would help me. He also said that I must not ever tell a soul about us or the horse. I told him that he had to help me first and then I would keep my end of the bargain. He said that he wanted me to have plenty on time for him also when we did get the chance to fuck. I agreed and went to the house for that day.

I masturbated to just the thought of getting fucked by that big white horse as well as fantasizing about his big, black cock that night. I came so hard at the thought of their big cocks in my tiny pussy as I went to sleep, still playing with my pussy.

It was two days later when everyone had left the farm and I was alone. I grabbed a tube of KY jelly as I hurried to the stables and found him, telling him that no one was there and now was the time. He led me to my secret bench and already had my padding there waiting for me. He knew all along what was going on.

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Then he brought the horse over and straddled me, the huge cock dangling as I felt the head of his cock against my little pussy. Sam rubbed the head of the cock along my slit, as I watched the long dick slide over my pussy lips. I was on fire as I felt that horse's cock against me.

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It was such a good feeling to feel that hot cum coating my insides as he just kept cumming. The force of his cum flooding me was making it hit my special place as I came over and over with Sam's cock also starting to blow it's load in my hungry mouth.

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Cum was running out of my mouth, all around that big cock stuffed in it and cum was flowing out of my pussy as the big horse cock was emptying his huge load of cum into me. My own cum was mixed in there somewhere as I was covered with cum. There was hot cum all over my mouth and chin, cum over my pussy and thighs, and I was loving every bit of it as we all slowed to a stop. I was full of cock and cum.

Re:Journalist == Hacker? (2, Interesting)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 6 years ago | (#20268701)

But what idiot runs a trojan?
Not only that what is he doing running Windows?
Well I will not need to go to Fark every again.
So, you wouldn't read a blog just because an author uses Windows?

Your dedication as an ideologue is impressive, and appropriate for a story involving Fox and Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.

Comfortable Little Cave (2, Insightful)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | more than 6 years ago | (#20268811)

Your dedication as an ideologue is impressive, and appropriate for a story involving Fox and Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.

That's right, just keep telling yourself Rupert Murdoch isn't in it for the money...

Re:Journalist == Hacker? (1)

Vellmont (569020) | more than 6 years ago | (#20267937)


So a news anchor has hacked Fark in an attempt to possibly steal source code for their own social networking site?
This apparently isn't your average local anchor.

That was my first thought as well. Then I realized that even an idiot can hire someone from say "rentacoder" to write them a trojan, then email it off to the victim.

That doesn't mean the guy is guilty of course. Only that lack of knowledge or technical expertise doesn't clear him.

Fox News Reporter == Journalist? (2, Funny)

RyanFenton (230700) | more than 6 years ago | (#20267957)

Fox News Reporter == Journalist?

Well, actually, even my own biased opinion wouldn't label most Fox employees as 'not journalists' - but everytime I consider the Fox news network as a whole, I just can't think of it as a news network.

Ryan Fenton

Re:Fox News Reporter == Journalist? (5, Informative)

ArcherB (796902) | more than 6 years ago | (#20268095)

Fox News Reporter == Journalist?

Well, actually, even my own biased opinion wouldn't label most Fox employees as 'not journalists' - but everytime I consider the Fox news network as a whole, I just can't think of it as a news network.


This was not a reporter from the cable Fox News Channel, but a news anchor from a local Fox TV station. You know, the same one that shows Family Guy and The Simpsons. That is not FNC, which shows Bill O'reilly and Geraldo.

look (1)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 6 years ago | (#20268407)

IF this guy is guilty (and he could be hacked and framed himself), i think it is certain the guy is just a lone idiot. the question being: why would fox hack fark? there's no valid reason for them to do that. but there is a valid reason for a new media reporter trying to build a social networking site!

having said that (that the hacking in question here most definitely is not representative of fox news), it is intellectually dishonest of you to draw distance between a local fox station and the national one in this case. they are all owned by rupert murdoch, darling, who has a pretty solid track record of seeding his media acquisitions with his particular conservative point of view

and, btw, there's nothing wrong rupert murdoch seeding his conservative point of view in his media acquisitions. it's a free country, and his media conglomerate has obviously done quite well financially by addressing a conservative fan base. good for him, good for fox news (local and national)

however, it is certainly disingenuous of you to think that distancing fox affiliates from each other is supposed to instill innoculation for fox (national) from implication for this hack

no, dummy, the proper way for you to innoculate fox from the implications of any wrongdoing here is to point out, compellingly and reasonably, that this is probably the actions of a lone idiot, not fox news (local) or fox news (national)

Re:look (1)

nuzak (959558) | more than 6 years ago | (#20268657)

and, btw, there's nothing wrong rupert murdoch seeding his conservative point of view in his media acquisitions. it's a free country, and his media conglomerate has obviously done quite well financially by addressing a conservative fan base. good for him, good for fox news (local and national)

Having the freedom to throw journalistic ethics out the window in favor of addressing one's fan base doesn't make it right.

Oh wait, different rules apply to conservatives. Never mind.

Re:look (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20268879)

Look, circletimessquare, are you still trying to claim weather trailors found in Iraq are the long sought after weapons of mass destruction needed to justify the invasion of Iraq, or are you now busy trying to claim that was not the real reason used to (falsely) justify the (illegal) war? Fox news is not good and neither is Rupert Murdoch by any reasonable definition of the word. The aid and support they have given to the enemies of the United States by lying in support of an illegal war is tantamount to treason. Stop supporting their fraud.

hello (1)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 6 years ago | (#20269041)

have you tried coherence lately?

you'll excuse me, but i have to go give my master in darkness dick cheney a blow job right now

saying that is about as valid a depiction of my ideological and political views as the words you just wrote above about me

so if anyone is going to incoherently smear by beliefs, i might as well do it myself

Re:Fox News Reporter == Journalist? (4, Informative)

Otter (3800) | more than 6 years ago | (#20268523)

This was not a reporter from the cable Fox News Channel, but a news anchor from a local Fox TV station.

Where are all you guys getting "news anchor" from? (I'm not even going to ask where the submitter and editor hallucinated "reporter" from.) The article describes him as the "new media manager" -- i.e. the head of their website and related activities.

The elaborate fantasies in the link still seem unlikely, but this is a relatively tech-savvy guy, not the sportscaster.

Re:Fox News Reporter == Journalist? (1)

Keebler71 (520908) | more than 6 years ago | (#20268961)

Exactly - an analogy would be to blame CNN for the actions of someone working for TNT (or TBS, the cartoon network, TCM, HBO, etc... all are owned by Time-Warner).

Re:Journalist == Hacker? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20268055)

Spam your website elsewhere, please. Or put the message in your signature where we don't have to see it.

Re:Journalist == Hacker? (1)

jez9999 (618189) | more than 6 years ago | (#20268559)

It's a shame, because just right now I had the sudden urge to go calculate something... but there wasn't a Slashdot post with a relevant link handy.

Re:Journalist == Hacker? (1)

rev_dru (618154) | more than 6 years ago | (#20268097)

The code-theft argument seems unrealistic to me. Does Fark have any code worth stealing? It's not a site known for its sophisticated design.

It's got to be a cover (4, Interesting)

grahamsz (150076) | more than 6 years ago | (#20268219)

I put up an aggregator for a myself and a few other disaffected farkers and it was coded from scratch in about a day, and even to date has probably less than two man weeks of coding in it.

I'm not sure how you could be smart enough to set up a trojan to gather passwords but not either run your own OS forum or code one from scratch.

it's not rocket science

Re:It's got to be a cover (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20269051)

bannination ftw tbfh

Who's next? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20268129)

Ten to one [slashdot.org] , we hear next week that some large repository of Student papers is vulnerable too.

Fox take over? Stealing source code? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20267843)

That doesn't make sense. Fark code is probably shittier than Slashcode which means it really sucks. And why would Fox by Fark? That's just ridiculous.

Re:Fox take over? Stealing source code? (5, Interesting)

iron-kurton (891451) | more than 6 years ago | (#20267997)

Why would Fox buy Fark? For starters, Fark gets a ton of traffic. They have a ton of paying subscribers.

They are probably not after the source code or anything that ridiculous. They are pulling the same stunt they did a few months back with Photobucket -- give them negative publicity and drive down the bidding prices (assuming Fark is on the market). If you recall, Photobucket sold for like 1/3 of the original price because MySpace -- owned by Fox -- broke the linkage between their servers and Photobucket. Dirty, but brilliant.

Too bad Fark didn't fall for it. Go get 'em Drew!!!

Re:Fox take over? Stealing source code? (4, Funny)

mordors9 (665662) | more than 6 years ago | (#20268079)

Absolutely... obviously the Wall Street Journal was just a stepping stone before moving on Fark for Rupert Murdock... someone should be asking what did Karl Rove know and when did he know it? Perhaps this is why he suddenly resigned.

Re:Fox take over? Stealing source code? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20268443)

Yeah, I'm sure an employee at a local Fox affiliate in Memphis, Tennessee doing something stupid is totally related to a vast buyout conspiracy by News Corp.

The real story here is that someone at Fark was stupid enough to open a trojan from an email attachment.

Investigative Journalism (3, Funny)

proudfoot (1096177) | more than 6 years ago | (#20267845)

Maybe fox can do a report on themselves now. Investigative journalism hits a new low. And I'm not quite sure the "it's for an article excuse will fly this time"

Liberal tinfoil fiesta (0, Offtopic)

libtardslasher (1134997) | more than 6 years ago | (#20267851)

This site has nothing to do with tech anymore... Its all about "Get Bush" "Global Warming" "I hate Fox" "John Kerry is Rad" etc. Its pathetic to watch all the herd get whipped up and frothy when their handlers throw them something emotional.

Re:Liberal tinfoil fiesta (1)

Major Blud (789630) | more than 6 years ago | (#20268057)

This is the only article I've seen on the frontpage today that fits your description. I think you meant to post that remark on Digg....

Re:Liberal tinfoil fiesta (1)

KingSkippus (799657) | more than 6 years ago | (#20268111)

Whereas you, I suppose, are the picture of objectivity?

If you find the articles and/or conversations here, you always have the option of, you know, not reading them.

yes and its necessary for it to be in that way (1)

unity100 (970058) | more than 6 years ago | (#20268281)

everything on the face of the world turn their attention to things that are threat to their survival whenever such occurences come up, leaving what they were busy with at that moment for a while. likewise, slashdot and many other sites, institutes, foundations, civil organizations and even individuals have turned their attention to things that are threatening their existence and what they do and stand for - like erosion of civil rights, freedom, any liberty under the yoke of bush & co, and etc.

fuck off jew (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20268791)

Shut your Jew mouth.

Huh (5, Insightful)

VonSkippy (892467) | more than 6 years ago | (#20267853)

If the ongoing RIAA shenanigans have taught us nothing else, it's that IP does NOT equal personal Identity.

Re:Huh (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20268011)

That may be true but on Slashdot anything that goes against Bush/FOX/RIAA/Microsoft is going to have a negative slant to it. I am not saying that FOX didn't do some really hideous things in the past but we need to get the facts straight first. Now if they did do this [it looks like it] then they probably used something that a properly secured server/PC should have caught because if they were not smart enough to use a proxy or anything like that I doubt they're smart enough to write their own badware.

Re:Huh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20268101)

No, not at all, but this wasn't just some random IP address either, it was an IP address associated with another media company. That makes it a more significant fact than in the average RIAA case.

Re:Huh (2, Insightful)

rm999 (775449) | more than 6 years ago | (#20269045)

Yes, the summary does admit he may have been hacked, but it is a tech saavy reporter we are talking about here. The three most probable events are that he did it, he got someone else to do it, or he was framed. Foil hat aside, one of the first two guesses is most likely.

Let us not forget that reporters often forget that they are also within the law when they are covering a story. Perhaps he did all this without thinking he was breaking a law.

Fark front page (1)

ednopantz (467288) | more than 6 years ago | (#20267887)

Wait, the fact that it was greenlit on Fark indicates that it is true?

Re:Fark front page (2, Insightful)

ScentCone (795499) | more than 6 years ago | (#20268123)

Wait, the fact that it was greenlit on Fark indicates that it is true?

No, the fact that is was greenlit by Fark and that it unblinkingly bashes Fox does that. If it had been an IP address at NPR, that would be different. Then there would have be peer review, done by Digg.

seems to make sense to me (4, Interesting)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 6 years ago | (#20268167)

if the admins on fark are willing to link the story to the front page, then the story is probably true. fark would not link this to their front page and the story was unverified unless they were really really stupid. and who could verify it? well, howabout fark itself?

otherwise, fox could turn around and cry foul themselves, a smear campaign, perhaps libel, etc. if valleywag.com made this up or has a bad source, fark would not link to the story, and they would know better than anyone else

then there is the whole liberal bias thing: no. fark is not a liberal website #1, they are pretty even handed with the conservative and liberal spun links. and #2, even if fark were liberal, if you are going to smear someone, you don't stick your neck out in this way. you smear them in such a way that someone else's reputation is on the line. fark is putting it's own reputation on the line by questioning fox's reputation here. you don't want blowback here, which fark certainly would get if it got out the story was phony, and it would permanently diminish fark's good name (such as it is) if this was a phony story. thus the care involved in greenlighting the story or not

so it's a rare case of the story being about the news, and one of the players in the story being a news aggregator site. what that means is is that you have an added level of verification automatically involved right there that you would not otherwise have

however, in fox's defense, if you want to talk about smearing someone, i can think of no better devilish smear than hacking a fox news reporter's computer, and framing the guy as a hacker. brilliant

but in such a case, you would expect the reporter to immediately allay with fark in just as much anger, anger at getting framed, and demand from his cable provider comcast records of inbound ip connections to his computer in the time frame outbound connections to fark were discovered by fark. any sheepishness, avoidance, or reticence on the reporter's part would pretty much spell doom for the guy's reputation

and note that: the reporter's reputation. i don't at all think this is the work of news corp, rupert murdoch, or even the local fox tv station. if the reporter is guilty, he's obviously just a lone idiot, not part of some vast conservative conspiracy

Completely off-topic but... (2, Interesting)

grahamsz (150076) | more than 6 years ago | (#20268353)

I've always been a fan of your posts on k5, fark and here and would love to see you over on bannination.

i'll do you one better (2, Interesting)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 6 years ago | (#20268425)

i'm trying to build my own news aggregator (stay tuned)

so either we can meet on the field of battle, or maybe even team up ;-)

cheers

Re:i'll do you one better (2, Interesting)

grahamsz (150076) | more than 6 years ago | (#20268477)

Sounds like fun.

It's really not very hard; there's certainly no need to steal the fark code :)

i agree, that's silly (1)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 6 years ago | (#20268497)

but it was an investigative news reporter, "hacking" fark in a bumbling manner. to such a character, interested in starting a social networking site, stealing source code might actually make more sense than rolling your own

Re:i agree, that's silly (1)

grahamsz (150076) | more than 6 years ago | (#20268597)

I suppose the bar must be fairly low for "investigative news reporter" particularly if you are a freelance one. Still to have missed the whole open source boat is quite a spectacular omission.

I expect you'd have better results guessing fark passwords than hacking their servers.

I don't buy the "he was framed" explanation either. It would carry much more weight to do the hack from news corporations corporate offices, and would probably be just as easy.

Re:seems to make sense to me (1)

ruiner13 (527499) | more than 6 years ago | (#20268689)

if the admins on fark are willing to link the story to the front page, then the story is probably true. fark would not link this to their front page and the story was unverified unless they were really really stupid. and who could verify it? well, howabout fark itself?
Have you been to Fark? This certainly wouldn't be the first made up and/or inaccurate story posted to Fark, regardless of what the topic is. The purpose of Fark is to be entertaining, and this article seems to fit the bill, accurate or not.

pay attention to the bouncing ball (1)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 6 years ago | (#20268767)

if. they. are. wrong. then. they. will. piss. off. fox.

seems to be quite the motivation to be right, doesn't it?

now, if FARK wanted to be right about a story about FARK, how could FARK check on whether or not a story ABOUT FARK is true or not?

hmmmm...

Re:seems to make sense to me (0, Flamebait)

Blue Stone (582566) | more than 6 years ago | (#20268729)

> any sheepishness, avoidance, or reticence on the reporter's part would pretty much spell doom for the guy's reputation"

What, more than stating that the guy works for Murdoch? What do you have to do to have a worse rep than that of people who've taken the Murdoch shilling? Dig up Ghandi's corpse and skull fuck it, live on national TV?

Wow (-1, Troll)

Greyfox (87712) | more than 6 years ago | (#20267921)

And I thought there were nothing but bubble-headed fucktards over at Fox. Of course, doing anything of this nature (and getting caught at it) is still pretty fucktarded. So perhaps I can rest secure in my preconceived notions of those guys over there...

Re:Wow (1)

ArcherB (796902) | more than 6 years ago | (#20268117)

And I thought there were nothing but bubble-headed fucktards over at Fox. Of course, doing anything of this nature (and getting caught at it) is still pretty fucktarded. So perhaps I can rest secure in my preconceived notions of those guys over there...

You know what is really fucktarded? Confusing Fox News with a local Fox TV station. One shows the Simpsons, one shows O'reilly. This was the Simpsons one.

Re:Wow (0)

Greyfox (87712) | more than 6 years ago | (#20268269)

Oh what I say "bubbleheaded fucktards" and you automatically assume I mean "Fox News"? Ever see how the local affiliate handles shows like Futurama and the Simpsons? Half the time my tivo picks up a sporting event... fucktards...

Though while we're on the subject I think the guys over at Fox News are a bunch of bubbleheaded fucktards, too.

Re:Wow (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20268379)

"Hoooney, come upstairs for dinner! I made meatloaf..."

"Not now Mom, I'm CALLING PEOPLE FUCKTARDS ON THE INTERNET!!"

Link to Fark discussion on this (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20267939)

This has been posted to Fark.com already and garnered almost 600 comments.
Can Slashdot.org do better?

I smell BS (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20267951)

I smell BS - probably a marketing campaign by Fark. How many technologically adept admins do you know that fall for such easy e-mail tricks? Nice try. Let's keep the "I have Fox" to the facts, not idiotic statements like this.

Re:I smell BS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20268215)

I smell BS - probably a marketing campaign by Fark. How many technologically adept admins do you know that fall for such easy e-mail tricks? Nice try.

Exactly-- notice how they tossed in the whole "fox acquisition of fark" nugget at the end? this whole thing is a ploy to whip up interest in someone buying the site.

Re:I smell BS (2, Insightful)

pmatchstick (1141067) | more than 6 years ago | (#20269091)

I smell BS - probably a marketing campaign by Fark. How many technologically adept admins do you know that fall for such easy e-mail tricks? Nice try. Let's keep the "I have Fox" to the facts, not idiotic statements like this.

I seriously doubt it, because if this was pure BS cooked up by the Fark admins they would have to be absolute fools to assign blame to a person (Phillips.) If they didn't have pretty damning evidence then he would have pretty good grounds for a defamation lawsuit (and possibly might end up owning Fark. Literally, not in the "Owned" sense.)

Not that the Fark "Farkers" aren't hyping this to be more than it is by the Fox association, making it seem like Bill O'Reilly is trying to take them down, when in reality it's a local reporter who may or may not be acting alone... But I would really be surprised if these allegations were just pulled out of thin air.

Oh, and knowing a little about Fark, there are many admins who serve as moderators of the discussions but have nothing to do with site maintenance. Not that they shouldn't be wiser about email tricks but these folks may be far from "technologically adept."

Don't Open that Email!! (0, Redundant)

fuo (941897) | more than 6 years ago | (#20267985)

It's a Trap!

Re:Don't Open that Email!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20268639)

Great, Chewie, great. Always thinking with your stomach...

"Fox Hacks Fark" (5, Funny)

nuzak (959558) | more than 6 years ago | (#20267993)

When you're done clearing your throat, mind telling us what the title of the story is?

WHBQ Fox13 != Fox News (5, Informative)

Brian Knotts (855) | more than 6 years ago | (#20268015)

Fox News Channel is an entirely different thing than a local Fox affiliate, even one that is owned by News Corp. The summary above should make that more clear.

Re:WHBQ Fox13 != Fox News (1)

ScentCone (795499) | more than 6 years ago | (#20268187)

Fox News Channel is an entirely different thing than a local Fox affiliate, even one that is owned by News Corp. The summary above should make that more clear.

Ah, you're new here!

dude: WHBQ Fox13 = News Corp (4, Informative)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 6 years ago | (#20268975)

hello, i wrote that summary

it's not just an affiliate, it's not just getting house, 24, and the simpsons

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WHBQ-TV [wikipedia.org]

it's owned by rupert murdoch. if you hadn't noticed, murdoch has a pretty solid track record of seeding his media acquisitions with his particular conservative point of view ...and, btw, there's nothing wrong with rupert murdoch seeding his conservative point of view in his media acquisitions. it's a free country, and his media conglomerate has obviously done quite well financially by addressing a conservative fan base. good for him, good for fox news (local and national)

however, it is certainly disingenuous of you to think that distancing fox affiliates from each other is supposed to instill innoculation for fox (national) from implication for this hack

no: the proper way for you to innoculate fox from the implications of any wrongdoing here is to point out, compellingly and reasonably, that this is probably the actions of a lone idiot, not fox news (local) or fox news (national)

IF this guy is guilty (and he could be hacked and framed himself), i think it is certain the guy is just a lone idiot. the question being: why would fox hack fark? there's no valid reason for them to do that. but there is a valid reason for a new media reporter trying to build a social networking site to do that

having said that (that the hacking in question here most definitely is not representative of fox news), it is intellectually dishonest of you to draw distance between a local fox station and the national one in this case as a defensive posture. they are all owned by rupert murdoch. maybe you just didn't know, but it sounds like you're spinning

Is this a valid sentence? (1)

GrEp (89884) | more than 6 years ago | (#20268019)

Fox outfoxed by Fark when Fox's farked fark of Fark was farked.

Slashdot channeling Dr. Suess (1)

lottameez (816335) | more than 6 years ago | (#20268261)

Fox farks Fark's fark.
Darl's SCOX sucks Cox
Google bungles YouTube's bundles
Global Greedy Gluttons Gleefully Grind Glaciers


I couldn't get anything to rhyme with "RIAA"

Heh (2, Funny)

ShaunC (203807) | more than 6 years ago | (#20268053)

He just wanted a catchy on-air slogan for when he jumped back over to the local NBC affiliate.

"Darrell Phillips... HACK-tion News 5!"

News Corp alleged to have broken encryption before (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20268075)

Wait, wasn't fox owned sky-tv or NDS caught facilitating piracy of Canal+'s satellite encryption cards?

Hmm. I wonder if fox people have ever changed that wikipedia entry...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NDS_Group [wikipedia.org]

Fox Hacks Fark? (5, Funny)

Undead Ed (1068120) | more than 6 years ago | (#20268087)

Probably not a good idean to say that out loud three times quickly in front of the kids.

Undead Ed

Re:Fox Hacks Fark? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20269075)

Un-dehd Ed......... Undehd Ed...... UndehEd... Undehed.. undehed.

undehed, I don't get it?

Fox - why im not surprised (-1, Troll)

unity100 (970058) | more than 6 years ago | (#20268089)

look here, im turkish, and despite that even i know that fox is a channel that is the mouthpiece of the crowd who brought bush into power, who in turn took away many fundamental civil rights that were the reasons modern nations were founded for in the first place.

so go figure, its not surprising to see some illegal mischief from fox even if you are turkish.

Stealing the fark source code (4, Interesting)

grahamsz (150076) | more than 6 years ago | (#20268133)

Really... is there anything remarkable about the source code that runs sites like fark or slashdot. I hand-rolled my own [bannination.com] similar aggregator in a few days and it's evident that the users make the community and not the software.

Short of collecting personal information, I can't see what value is there.

This is news? (5, Funny)

east coast (590680) | more than 6 years ago | (#20268149)

Come on. Who hasn't hacked fark?

Err... I mean... yeah... this is terrible. Terrible I tell you.

His paypal account was used. (5, Interesting)

zCyl (14362) | more than 6 years ago | (#20268161)

From the article, "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." This makes it look a lot more like it was actually the individual. This is not just a case of the attack coming from an IP of a possibly compromised computer.

For it to be a different individual, someone would have had to compromise the PayPal account of Phillips without him noticing. I expect there would be a shocked response from Phillips if this had been the case. Instead, the website of Darrell Phillips [dnphillips.com] seems to be blank today.

Re:His paypal account was used. (1)

shartte (1002567) | more than 6 years ago | (#20268629)

This is not neccesarily the case. If his computer was compromised, the hack could originate from his IP address without him knowing.

good point (4, Funny)

commodoresloat (172735) | more than 6 years ago | (#20268695)

Paypal would inform him right away if his account had been compromised. In fact, this happened to me and paypal informed me in an email; the email had a link to a website where I could enter my paypal password and fix the problem.

I'm not sure where all my money went though.

i can get your money back (0, Redundant)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 6 years ago | (#20268825)

just send me an email with your bank account, pin, mother's maiden name, social security number, etc., and i'll deposit it directly into your account

actually, to save time, just put all that info in a reply post right here

all the best

Re:His paypal account was used. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20268839)

For it to be a different individual, someone would have had to compromise the PayPal account of Phillips without him noticing. I expect there would be a shocked response from Phillips if this had been the case. Instead, the website of Darrell Phillips seems to be blank today.

This is of course hearsay, but according to numerous posters on the Fark thread about this story right after it broke Phillip's website was a blank page with the following text--

"I know you've been using my computer.
I know you've been in my email and on my web space.
I'm on to you.
It's over."

Which would indicate that either he was hacked, or (far more likely IMO) he threw this message up there in an extremely clumsy attempt to make it look like it.

The sweet smell of bias (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20268209)

I wonder if kdawson also posts articles when liberal hacktivism happens? Hmmm...

Fox Local News Reporter is not "Fox News" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20268317)

The local news networks run by Fox Broadcasting stations are not directly affiliated with Fox News. Though certainly share content, the local affiliates are run by their local management. Their editorial and reporting staff are also controlled by local management (as can be seen in my home town where Fox's local coverage is surprisingly left leaning). I am certainly aware of how fashionable it is to bash Fox News Channel, but this was the rogue action of a local Memphis Fox Affiliate which maintains their own news aggregation web site called OnMemphis.com.

That's great and all but... (3, Interesting)

greymond (539980) | more than 6 years ago | (#20268557)

Where did Fark's BOOB section go?

Re:That's great and all but... (4, Informative)

gclef (96311) | more than 6 years ago | (#20268605)

It went here [foobies.com] . Now, don't come complaining to me about hairy palms or blindness...in fact, don't even tell me what you did at all.

Memogate? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20268595)

Hmmmm, anybody remember this scenerio.
1. make a copy of a damning document (say something from your candidate for President's Air National Guard C.O. about not showing up for duty)
2. make said copy look like a forgery
3. secretly feed memo to big news anchor who reports about it,
4. publicly point out the memo is a forgery
5. Anchor (who is an enemy anyway) quits in disgrace
6. Everybody assumes (incorrectly) that the contents of the memo were false.
7. Candidate i inoculated against a charge or desertion.
8. Steal election!

is this
1. Hack into your competitors computers with one of your employee's (who is clearly not capable of pulling of such a hack) computer.
2. Get caught hacking.
3. publicly point out that said employee is not capable of such a hack.
4. become inoculated against charges of hacking.

Nah nobody is that devious.

Adieu, Fark, adieu (1)

caluml (551744) | more than 6 years ago | (#20268693)

I loved Fark - especially the funny headlines, and the memes - but I haven't been back to it since they changed the layout. Looks absolutely shite on a laptop screen. Blinding white. Adieu, Fark, adieu

Re:Adieu, Fark, adieu (1)

m1cha (970250) | more than 6 years ago | (#20269059)

Dude, You're all about layout over content? Fark is still the same, with a Web 1.5 kinda look.

Major error on Slashdot front page (0, Troll)

specchum (1091951) | more than 6 years ago | (#20268713)

The Slashdot main banner on the front page says, "News for nerds. Stuff that matters." But the browser window title says, "News for nerds, stuff that matters." Make your minds up - is it a comma or full stop?

It wasn't me, it was some hacker (1)

billcopc (196330) | more than 6 years ago | (#20268727)

Your Honor, I didn't do it. I was hacked! Some kid in Russia broke into my computer and framed me for the hit.

Seriously, I don't have to worry about the RIAA/MPAA/BSA or any other law-abusing midgets. I can just plead Malware and get out of jail free.

The fun thing about this finger-pointing is that you can't prosecute one party without opening the floodgates for everyone else. Let's pretend the Fox PC was actually rooted and some kid in eastern Europe is to blame... if you prosecute the kid, then everyone will use the Malware defense. If you prosecute the Fox guy, then all the script kiddies will hide behind proxies and be forever shielded from American lawmakers. It's a lose-lose situation.

No matter the outcome, I'm quite happy with my (legally acquired) cluster of European servers and the beloved chain of squid proxies that run on them. I'm not worried about willfully committing a crime, I'm more worried about something perfectly legal today that could become some senator's grinding stone tomorrow.

Dear Mr. /. ,where can I has find the kitty pics? (0, Troll)

m1cha (970250) | more than 6 years ago | (#20268787)

I heard this is a site for brainy nerds who are lots of smarts, we has them on Fark too, but at least there's pics of nice kittens and cool animated gifs too. You guys only talk and stuff. Doesn't that get boring?

Watch your Back, CmdrTaco! (2, Funny)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | more than 6 years ago | (#20268913)

Slashdot had better be on the lookout. Somebody might send CmdrTaco a trojan in an attempt to steal the Slashcode!

Social Networking Site (1)

Pirow (777891) | more than 6 years ago | (#20268957)

..stealing source code for a competing Fox social networking site

Maybe I'm missing something here, but why would Fox steal code from Fark for a social networking site when Rupert Murdoch owns the most popular and best known social networking site there is?
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