Hackers trying to hamper Jack Montague’s “day in court” by sabotaging the campaign for his legal fees

Photo courtesy: YaleBulldogs.com/Keenan Hairston

The hatred and vicious feelings exhibited by campus activists at Yale before the summer break, have not abated.

One or more hackers sought to sabotage the good faith online fund raising efforts initiated by Nick Victor to help former basketball captain Jack Montague meet his legal fees. That person or persons, who hide behind the screen of anonymity, got into the fundly.com website and inserted the word “rapist.”

Yale forward Nick Victor and some of his teammates hold up four fingers to salute Jack Montague, who was expelled after allegations of sexual misconduct. (AP Photo/Bryan R. Smith)
Yale forward Nick Victor and some of his teammates hold up four fingers to salute Jack Montague, who was expelled after allegations of sexual misconduct. (AP Photo/Bryan R. Smith)

As reported in earlier articles, Montague, through his attorneys, filed a lawsuit on June 9th against Yale and two of its Title IX workers, after the University expelled him for alleged sexual misconduct. Victor was not only a team mate but an off-campus house mate of Montague in New Haven. He showed his support for his friend when he held four fingers high over his head right after the Bulldogs had won the Ivy League title. Montague had worn that number on his Yale uniforms.

Shortly after the lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in New Haven, Victor launched an online (fundly.com) campaign to help defray the legal expenses.

Site had to be relaunched

Then came a mysterious change of the fund’s URL from “https://fundly.com/jack-montague-attorney-fund” to “https://fundly.com/rapist.”

As a result, it was taken down. Now it has been relaunched with the original URL, together with donations in the amount of $3,205 that had been received up to that time.

The anonymous person or persons responsible, who apparently do not believe Montague even has a right to his “day in court,” changed the fund’s URL to include the word “rapist,” despite the fact that Montague was never legally accused of being one.

A first for Fundly.com

Gretchen Barry, the Director of Marketing for fundly.com, told Daniela Brighente and Maya Sweedler, the reporters for the Yale Daily News, that the URL change likely came from a targeted hack to Nick Victor’s account.

“It will take more time to figure out where the changes originated,” she said. “This is the first incident where there was an external change of this kind. It will take some time to determine the specific source, but the development team is working on it.”
Montague filed his lawsuit against Yale claiming, among other things, breach of contract and denial of his Title IX rights.

Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for the public relations company for Montague’s legal firm told the Yale paper that Montague and his attorney Max Stern are aware of the website.

“Litigation is expensive,” she said, “and this suit against Yale will be no different. Jack and his family deeply appreciate this support.”

The effect of the hacking is still there

Ironically, the new URL still contains the link “fundly.com/rapist,” in a small factbox on the campaign page. That will probably be corrected soon. But the damage to the campaign may have already been done. If so, it will make someone happy.

Someone who just won’t quit!

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