TechCrunch published a blog post last night disclosing financial projections of Twitter, which it admitted was obtained by a an anonymous hacker which had gained “easy access” to hundreds of pieces of internal Twitter information, from pass codes to meeting minutes, and then forwarded the data to the news website.
“We are in touch with our legal counsel about what this theft means for Twitter, the hacker, and anyone who accepts and subsequently shares or publishes these stolen documents,” Twitter said in an official blog post.
Michael Arrington, founder and co-editor of TechCrunch, defended its right to make the material public, saying it would exercise restraint on material such as personnel records.
“We’ve spent most of the evening reading these documents. The vast majority of them are somewhat embarrassing to various individuals, but not otherwise interesting,” Arrington wrote.
“But a few of the documents have so much news value that we think it’s appropriate to publish them.”