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How a 22-Year-Old Hacked Into Conde Nast's Server

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This kid's got a serious passion for fashion—and not even the law can stop him. Last year, Ross Ulrich, a 22-year-old Ohio college student, managed to hack into the encrypted web server of Conde Nast Publications, garnering access to a plethora of unpublished (not to mention highly confidential) images of Hollywood royalty, from magazines like Vogue, GQ, and Lucky.

At the time, his illegal-acting fingers came across a then-unpublished image of Demi Moore which also happened to be the 2009 cover of W Magazine. His next step? Posting it to The Fashion Spot, a highly-trafficked forum-style web community, where content spreads faster than a Carine Roitfeld departure rumor.

Can't beat the law, buddy! Ulrich's antics lead him to some serious hot water—nabbing two federal copyright-infringement lawsuits as well as an FBI raid on his Columbus home, which he shares with his father. Ulrich also admitted to hacking into the Warner Bros computer network, downloading clips and images from feature films that were still in production.

Why did he steal these photos? He wanted to be the first to publish them online. And while he certainly was, he also has some law-fighting obstacles to overcome. Sure, they often say there aren't any rules in fashion—but they're talking more along the lines of "Don't wear white after labor day".—Yale Breslin
· 'Crime' of fashion [NY Post]
· Condé Nast's Moves To Fairchild, Home of WWD [Racked National]

Photo via Just Jared

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