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?