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Roommate: Alleged hacker said he was paid to attack news site

Original post made on Jun 6, 2018

Alleged Almanac Online hacker Ross M. Colby told a housemate that he had hacked a news website for pay, according to testimony in San Jose federal court on Friday.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, June 2, 2018, 9:21 PM

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Posted by Hello
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jun 6, 2018 at 3:23 pm

“If a suspect used an IP address to conduct criminal activity and then personal activity it would indicate that the person was the same individual,” Frazier said.

This is a lie. PIA and most other VPN companies use shared IP addresses, meaning that dozens, if not hundreds, of totally unconnected people will use the same IP address. Unless some other information is known (their real IP address, for example) there is no way to connect two different activities to the same VPN user, because it could just as easily be two different VPN subscribers.


Posted by Conflict
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jun 6, 2018 at 3:28 pm

Isn't there an obvious conflict for the Almanac to be reporting on a case in which it's the victim?


Posted by resident
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 6, 2018 at 6:34 pm

I have no problems with them reporting on this story as long as they clearly disclose their connection to the crime.

This is not like one of the "news reports" in this newspaper that is clearly written by one of their advertisers with little or no disclosure.


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