Earlier this week Techcrunch ran a story about co-founder EV Williams ( From Lincoln Nebraska but never gives a shout out) got hax0red. His Gmail account (and Google docs) got owned and other stuff… turns out they also had server passwords with the password of….. password. Total alleged things the hacker gained access to:
* the complete list of employees
* their food preferences
* their credit card numbers
* some confidential contracts with Nokia, Samsung, Dell, AOL, Microsoft and others
* direct emails with web and showbizz personalities
* phone numbers
* meeting reports (very informatives)
* internal document templates
* time sheet
* applicant resumes
* salary grid (time for me to move..lol)
Yesterday (7-14-09) Mike Arrington posted that they had received over 300 confidential twitter internal documents and would be releasing them to the public on Techcrunch. Many other sites are also claiming to have received the same documents but will not post them for ethical reasons (which i think means they just want to seem important but didn’t really get them).
After the post Twitter users bombarded Techcrunch with pleads not to release the documents and it was a trending topic on twitter all day today. Mike then posted a response Today (7-15-09) about what they planned to do with the confidential Twitter docs and specifically on ethics. To quote:
We are always in the delicate position of balancing whatâ€™s right for the community with publishing insider news that helped build this site into what it is today. We donâ€™t sit around and republish press releases, we break big stories.
This is one of the reasons I love TechCrunch and its aggressive journalism. They don’t fuck around.
Later today Techcrunch revealed the first of many to come of the Twitter internal documents. This one is the growth and financial sheet. While its a updated sheet its very interesting to see where the co-founders thought the site would be at in terms of growth and revenue. Mike also leaves us with a cliff hanger for tomorrow revealing twitters original idea to monetize the website.
I personally cant wait to see these docs as they keep coming on TechCrunch.