By Marisa Taylor
The Wall Street Journal
July 15, 2009
The hacking of Twitter CEO Evan Williams.s email account has sparked an
ethics debate after TechCrunch said that it would publish some of the
confidential documents that the hacker leaked.
The brouhaha began when TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington blogged
that a French hacker calling himself "Hacker Croll" said he had broken
into Mr. Williams's account as well as those of Mr. Williams's wife and
two Twitter employees.
An English translation of a post on French blog Koren shows that the
hacker claims he gained access to Mr. Williams's Gmail, PayPal, Amazon
and AT&T accounts, among others, and thus was able to find documents
containing Twitter employee food preferences, credit card numbers, phone
numbers and salaries.
Mr. Williams confirmed that he had indeed been hacked, writing, "It was
a good lesson for us that we are being targeted because we work for
Twitter. We have taken extra steps to increase our security, but we know
we can never be entirely comfortable with what we share via email."
Mr. Arrington said TechCrunch would publish some of the documents it
received, including the pitch for a Twitter-related reality-TV show.
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