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Six Apart refutes Valleywag claims of 'disgruntled insider' antics

Blogging company's chief evangelist claims that Gawker Media-owned Valleywag had 'done a little bit of adventuring' with the details of executives' and investors' private information leaked over Usenet.

Blogging platform Six Apart wants the rest of the Web to know that while it was indeed hit with an information leak that exposed the personal data of several of its executives and investors, it wasn't quite as scandalous as tech gossip blog Valleywag initially reported it.

In a post late Tuesday afternoon, the Gawker Media-owned Valleywag claimed that Six Apart, parent company of TypePad, MovableType, LiveJournal, and Vox, had been hit by an information leak of several executives' and investors' personal information.

According to the original Valleywag post, a "disgruntled insider" had posted sensitive information for several top Six Apart executives like co-founders Ben and Mena Trott, and investors David Marquardt and David Hornik of August Capital--including their addresses and Social Security numbers--to a Usenet group. The Valleywag blogger also claimed that Six Apart executives were "locked in an unscheduled board meeting."

A Six Apart representative, however, told CNET News.com that Valleywag's original story was peppered with inaccuracies: there was no "disgruntled insider" in the sense that Valleywag intended it, and that the board meeting in question was not an unscheduled one. In fact, it had been on the books for months, according to Six Apart.

Six Apart's chief evangelist, Anil Dash, further elaborated: "There was private information posted on Usenet," he said, but it had nothing to do with any former employees of the company. The personal information was released by hackers or "griefers" who were simply out to harass. "They do this for Bill Gates, and they do this for Larry (Page) and Sergey (Brin), and it unfortunately comes with the territory."

The Valleywag post, Dash added, had "done a little bit of adventuring" with the details. "Everybody that's ever left the company, we're still on really good terms with," he said.

Dash confirmed that Six Apart has submitted a request for corrections to the story to Valleywag, but was not able to provide further updates on the status of those corrections.