SF tranny coder may have wrought ViddyHo IM worm

The ViddyHo phishing worm that sought to trick Google mail users out of their usernames and passwords is allegedly the work of an “Anarcho-Transexual Afro-Chicano American Feminist Studies Major” from San Francisco, Hoan Ton-That — according to a Harvard Crimson article.

Gawker yesterday first reported the attack, which was unrelated to a major GMail outage that took place Sunday. Their story today, adding reports on the Crimson’s investigations as well as a lurid photo of Mr. Ton-That, closes with this comment:

Everything about Ton-That’s life and work is a screaming stereotype of San Francisco’s Web crowd — a bunch of supposed individualists who’d be paralyzed with fear by the idea that they’re not living in the right neighborhood, working in the right office, and chasing the right technological trend. That’s the irony of Ton-That’s involvement with ViddyHo. If he is indeed the perpetrator of the worm, it may make him hated. But it would be the first truly original thing he’s done.

Ouch, harsh! Like Gawker readers are not obsessed with the same things?

5 Comments so far

  1. SF tranny coder may have wrought ViddyHo IM worm | San Francisco … : BEC Development Blog (pingback) on February 25th, 2009 @ 4:19 pm

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  2. ajane on March 6th, 2009 @ 1:36 pm

    As a trans woman I can tell you that "tranny" is a gross, perjorative word. It has a sordid history and is commonly used as a slur. I feel bad when people thoughtlessly throw it around, particularly in the media. I would appreciate it if you’d think twice before using it again.

    Links: Glaad media guide and a recent blogging on the subject.


  3. ajane on March 6th, 2009 @ 1:41 pm

    Oh huh, I just realized that we’d exchanged comments on this topic before (my Internet memory is short). Hi.


  4. Mark Pritchard (markpritchard) on March 6th, 2009 @ 2:14 pm

    I’m sorry, I didn’t realize about that term. Again, I apologize for my ignorance.


  5. ajane on March 6th, 2009 @ 6:11 pm

    Again, it’s cool. Thank you for hearing me.



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