The new site appears to be identical, save for the name, to ViddyHo.com, a site which spread via instant messenger. The messages, generated automatically by the ViddyHo worm, promised a video once the user followed a link and logged in using a Gmail username and password. The worm then logged into that user's account and blasted everyone on his or her contact list with new messages.
Ton-That, whose Twitter bio reads "Anarcho-Transexual Afro-Chicano American Feminist Studies Major," runs an iPhone-app startup called HappyAppy. Fastforwarded.com has a copyright notice from HappyAppy on its pages. Here's its FAQ:
What is fastforwarded.com?
Fast Forwarded is the easiest way to share content with your friends on instant messenger networks like AIM, ICQ, MSN and GTalk.
Is fastforwarded.com a phishing site?
No. We do not store your passwords to the Instant Message networks (like MSN, ICQ, AIM, Gtalk, etc...).
Did fastforwarded.com use to be viddyho.com?
Yes. We had a bug in our code that would send everyone a video when they logged in
I have a question!
Please email us at email@example.com. We do listen and reply.
Nice try. The makers of Safari and Firefox already list Fastforwarded.com as a "phishing" site, one that tries to fraudulently extract passwords from users. After the ViddyHo worm spread, police began looking for Ton-That. This new attack suggests they never nabbed the hacker, whose code is still at large on the Internet.
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