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Fark.com Files Suit against Suspected Hacker from Fox13

Fark.com registered a case over the initial unsuccessful attack of its social networking news Website on September 11, 2007. The community Website has filed charges against a man for allegedly trying to access the e-mail and PCs of its staffers.

The Lexington-based Website permits its members to comment on the postings of oddball news stories. It has built up a huge national follower.

The hacking attack took place in the beginning of August 2007 and Fark has openly asserted that Fox13's Darrell Phillips was behind the attack.

The case, registered in Lexington's U.S. District Court on September 11, 2007, claims that the cybercriminal had transmitted emails to LLC employee accounts of Fark.com from a fake address, all within five-days in August 2007. As per the lawsuit, a PC transferring and operating the executable files within these applications would be affected, reported the September 13, 2007 copy of courier-Journal.com.

Several of these emails seemed to be have been coming from other Fark employees, or their relatives or family. All emails carried links to one of three Websites, and every Website contained links to transfer a concealed executable file that was in reality Trojan horse codes, which could have permitted a hacker to log on to a firm's server without being noticed.

The case alleges the motive of the applications was to rob passwords from compromised PCs and transfer them to a machine in Tennessee. It states the cyberpunk tried to access Fark's e-mail and employee accounts exploiting pilfered login details.

The hacker then got into a Fark mediator's e-mail account, stated the site's creator, Drew Curtis. TechnewsWorld published the statement on September 14, 2007. He also stated that the virus did not infect the Website. The case does not indict him of attempting to access the Website of the firm.

The lawsuit records a particular IP address supporting the suspected cyberpunk's server, and has registered numerous subpoenas to acquire data from ISPs.

Fark is requesting the court to release an injunction against more exploitation by the suspected cyberpunk. It is also looking for fiscal and penal damages, interest and legal charges.

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