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FACT: CHEF-KOCH plagiarizes and passes off other people's work as his own #323

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Thorin-Oakenpants opened this issue Dec 28, 2017 · 90 comments

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commented Dec 28, 2017

edit: Oct 2108, he was banned from GitHub (may not be permanent) - FYI: he also is on GitLab: https://gitlab.com/CHEF-KOCH


馃數 PROOF 1: See second post re https://github.com/CHEF-KOCH/Firefox-prefs.js-cleaner

See https://www.ghacks.net/2017/12/29/automation-comes-to-the-ghacks-user-js-configuration-for-firefox/#comment-4325581

My reply if it gets published

#311 - the first PR by claustromaniac 18 days ago, and that was after a week of talking about it and sample scripts

fbd9f34 - v1.0 commit 15 days ago

CHEF-KOCH/Firefox-prefs.js-cleaner@1f77f54 - your version committed 14 days ago. Except for a few word changes such as the author, it's IDENTICAL

I call BS. This is not the first time you've been caught passing off other people's hard work as your own. Where is this reddit link that predates claustromaniac's work? I can show you the changes and discussions that claustromaniac and earthlng had and how the script changed to its final version. Yours is a single commit and IDENTICAL .. come on, where's your proof

CHEF-KOCH has not provided any proof to back up his denial

鉂楋笍 FACT: CHEF-KOCH plagiarizes and passes off other people's work as his own


馃數 PROOF 2: His ASN-blocking repo is a direct ripoff of ASN_IPFire_Script , and he has been called out on it, but refuses to acknowledge or do anything about it.

鉂楋笍 FACT: CHEF-KOCH plagiarizes and passes off other people's work as his own


馃數 PROOF 3: read this -> https://github.com/Lanchon/REPIT/blob/master/README-CHEF-KOCH.md and this -> Lanchon/REPIT#37 ( WebArchive ) where he STOLE Lanchon's REPIT and Flashize code: removed his (Lanchon's) name from it, removed the copyright notice, removed the GPL license, added himself as the author, and published it as his own work

鉂楋笍 FACT: CHEF-KOCH plagiarizes and passes off other people's work as his own


馃數 PROOF 4: He even copies other people's PAID work and livelihood. His blog entry about the show Legion is plagiarized from this original article written by a professional critic

鉂楋笍 FACT: CHEF-KOCH plagiarizes and passes off other people's work as his own


馃數 PROOF 5 his https://github.com/CHEF-KOCH/BarbBlock-filter-list is direct rip off from the original at https://github.com/paulgb/BarbBlock/ without attribution

鉂楋笍 FACT: CHEF-KOCH plagiarizes and passes off other people's work as his own


馃數 PROOF 6, 7, and 8: his modal filter list on day of list creation (Dec 2 2018) at commit 5ecf7ee on Dec 2, 2018 is 100% copied line-for-line from @yourduskquibbles 's modal filter list provided at commit 8d57b6b on Nov 30, 2018

@CHEF-KOCH's social filter list on day of list creation at commit 5ecf7ee on Dec 2, 2018 is 100% copied line-for-line (1670 lines) from my social filter list provided at commit 8d57b6b on Nov 30, 2018

@CHEF-KOCH's social filter list on day of list creation at commit 5ecf7ee on Dec 2, 2018 is 100% copied line-for-line (2025 lines) from my generic filter list provided at commit b5aa7d3 on Nov 30, 2018

鉂楋笍 FACT: CHEF-KOCH plagiarizes and passes off other people's work as his own


馃數 PROOF 9

from @crazy-max : As this thread is a complete report on the actions of @CHEF-KOCH, I contribute to it with the violation of the license for my WindowsSpyBlocker repository.

The CKs-FilterList repository of CHEF-KOCH violates the MIT license of WindowsSpyBlocker repository : A copy of the license and copyright notice must be included.

https://github.com/CHEF-KOCH/CKs-FilterList/blob/master/HOSTS/Windows%2010.txt

is a verbatim copy of :

https://github.com/crazy-max/WindowsSpyBlocker/blob/master/data/hosts/extra.txt
https://github.com/crazy-max/WindowsSpyBlocker/blob/master/data/hosts/spy.txt
https://github.com/crazy-max/WindowsSpyBlocker/blob/master/data/hosts/update.txt

And here are the compare reports :

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鉂楋笍 FACT: CHEF-KOCH plagiarizes and passes off other people's work as his own


original post

https://github.com/CHEF-KOCH/FFCK/blob/master/anti-ghacks%20user.js

I guess he can't read

e.g. he disables all cookies but suggest/recommed in their own wiki to use a cookie black/whitelist addon - why when Firefox can native do this via 'settings' - history - cookies [exceptions]?! The addon he suggest also lowers the security and you might run into possible addon fakes, besides this each addon rises memory consumptation.

  • quote from user.js "You can set exceptions under site permissions or use an extension" - What part of OR does he not understand
  • also, quote from wiki extensions "While we believe these are the very best of the best, this can be subjective depending on your needs. We are also not saying you have to use all these extensions."
  • How does a cookie manager lower security? Our wiki points to a reputable well-known extension. If anything, the fact they are not auto-updated enhances this - see his next point
  • running into possible addon fakes? huh? We can't make people use a particular extension, but by recommending some at least we're vetting it and linking to the real thing
  • memory consumption? really? .. a few hundred kb's .. OMG .. the world is ending.

Disabling automatically addon-updates is also horrible, you lower your security point and not increase it because in fact 99% of all people never review addons or understanding the source code.

This is clearly worded in the user.js and the wiki implementation page. Users STILL get notifications. The whole point of not auto-installing them actually INCREASES security if done in a timely manner, as it allows vetting of changes - especially now AMO auto approves new releases. Users have the option to turn it back on .. because .. TEMPLATE

There are a lot of more examples but this guy does not know what he is doing or talking about....

Nice one. I'll just let the community decide for themselves. CHEF-KOCH has already been shown up to be a plagiarizing, hypocritical SoB with no verbal reasoning skills.

This example, the anti ghacks user.js .. contains 102 prefs for undoing the settings - apparently, to undo prefs with no "security" aspect. Fair enough, no one ever claimed the ghacks user.js is just about security.

Of these 102 prefs, he resets 93 of them. Of these 93, 22 are inactive in our user.js, and of the remaining 71, he even reuses the same values as us on a few. Of these 71 odd, some of the decisions are really whack. For someone who is always harping on about "SECURITY", he allows all the DRM (widevine, eme, cdm etc) which even the EFF says undermines security. And a lot of them have nothing to with "security"

Wot a f**king dork.

Class, discuss!

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commented Dec 28, 2017

Oooh look .. https://github.com/CHEF-KOCH/Firefox-prefs.js-cleaner - created 12 days ago

The project is created original by CHEF-KOCH under the GNU General Public License v3.0.

@earthlng .. doesn't that look VERY familiar

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@Thorin-Oakenpants Thorin-Oakenpants changed the title Gee Whizz Gee Whizz: CHEF-KOCH caught "stealing" our work again! Dec 29, 2017

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commented Dec 29, 2017

..and here I was thinking I don't have a life.

Plagiarising batch scripts... that must be a new kind of low.

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commented Dec 29, 2017

LOL check out his profile:

I worked for @microsoft and @NVIDIA over 15 years.

Assuming that's true (not trying to imply that it doesn't have credibility or anything 馃ぃ ), we can easily guess why he's not working for them anymore.

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commented Dec 29, 2017

Thanks, Pants.

I don't really care too much about getting credit for the scripts. I just hate that kind of behaviour, like most people do, I guess.

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commented Dec 29, 2017

Yikes, that's pathetic 馃槵

If there's interest, I'd be happy to submit a DMCA takedown notice on your guys' behalf:

https://github.com/contact/dmca-notice

Edit: Part of the form requires the following:

Type (or copy and paste) the following statement: "I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner, or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed."

So I would need permission from Pants and/or @claustromaniac before I could do so :)

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commented Dec 29, 2017

@Thorin-Oakenpants just add %20 instead of space in the link on the first post and it should work without needing to copy/paste. ;)

No doubt that the CH is a schmack with multiple personality disorder where he is calling himself as a "we". Like the saying: once I have been schizophrenic, but now we are OK. At least he has a lot of company. lol
Or the second one that is coming to my mind is: he is an attention bitch, but doing it wrong

I would tend to agree with IPv6... this shit should be disabled on the OS level anyway. The protocol which has integrated the MITM possibilities by default without even needing to do the ARP spoofing and hard to detect, is not a safe one.

@claustromaniac and @earthlng. really great job with the scripts you are making. As once already said, hats down to geniusly crafted one.

Cheers and happy new year

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commented Dec 29, 2017

LOL that's pretty pathetic. If it makes him feel good to take someone else' work and put his own name on it then so be it, I couldn't care less. Not worth my energy to get upset about it.

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commented Dec 29, 2017

^^ yeah sorry claustro and dactyl .. yur world famous now... you're gonna need a bigger tinfoil 馃榾 you've been marked and the NSA is sweeping all your traffic

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commented Dec 29, 2017

you've been marked and the NSA is sweeping all your traffic

LOL

I suspect I've been marked for a long time, considering they pretty much treat everyone using underwear as extremists. Remember: we're all guilty until proven innocent.

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commented Dec 29, 2017

wot? you use underwear? I thought everyone knew not to do that - exhibit a: my avatar

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commented Dec 29, 2017

Yup, I sometimes use underwear. Sorry to disappoint.

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commented Dec 30, 2017

No need to apologize! Pretty cool to get mentioned on the article :)

The additional NSA surveillance is worth it lol

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commented Dec 30, 2017

What a fucking pathetic troll! He's just pushing your buttons, Pants. Don't feed the trolls, guys.

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commented Dec 31, 2017

I concur. A waste of time and energy.

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commented Feb 12, 2018

There are other projects he copied from. For example: ASN_IPFire_Script
He "forked" the project, renamed it and removed the original authors: ASN-blocking

How many more of "his" 73 repositories are just copies? We don't know...

This guy is truly a waste of time and energy.

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commented Feb 12, 2018

More or less everything. One man just can't do so many projects and maintain them.
He is making damage to users, when someone is relying to stuff in his repository which is not maintaned then.
The guy should be reported to some github authorities, if such exists.
Other opinion and words I will not write here, due to inappropriate language.

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commented Feb 12, 2018

His BarbBlock filter list is just a copy of the real thing from https://github.com/paulgb/BarbBlock/ and serves absolutely no purpose. He just copies the changes from paulgb's repo and thinks he's doing the world a service

His FFCK js commits often/mostly mirror ours:
Example 1:

Example 2:

  • 14c1620 - here I came across a FF59 hidden pref (21 days ago) & 0da73d6 - here is the new crashReports (22 days ago)
  • CHEF-KOCH/FFCK@d4d8e64 - and he copies it here, same day
  • tons more but why waste my time

He's just watching what we do here and copying it all. Almost every single edit comes from here - the timing is very telling.

I personally don't think he has an original bone in his spineless body. It would not surprise me if the vast bulk of his repos are all copies. Totally pathetic.

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commented Feb 12, 2018

@Thorin-Oakenpants Thorin-Oakenpants changed the title Gee Whizz: CHEF-KOCH caught "stealing" our work again! FACT: CHEF-KOCH plagiarizes and passes off other people's work as his own Feb 27, 2018

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commented May 6, 2018

Our "friend" latest "activity": https://github.com/Synzvato/decentraleyes/issues/34

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commented May 6, 2018

He confuses privacy and security again.
The last comment of him made me giggle, he gonna "patch" DCE if it's implement fonts.

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commented Jul 23, 2018

its now 2 months exactly and still no FUD

Man... does time fly. I must be growing older.

He must be growing older too.

@shellshocker shellshocker referenced this issue Aug 7, 2018

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commented Aug 12, 2018

At least the word is spreading a little...

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commented Nov 15, 2018

So he "leaks" other people's leaks and claims he's a freedom fighter? Did he also slap his name on them stating them as original chef-cock work?

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commented Nov 15, 2018

^^Is that a rhetoric question? 馃槈

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commented Dec 15, 2018

EnergizedProtection/block#48 馃挵 馃挵 馃捀 馃捀 馃捀

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commented Jan 15, 2019

Hello everyone.

CHEF-KOCH plagiarized my text from this Reddit conversation (I'm the LonelyCredit) and keeps it as him own content; CHEF-KOCH's Chromium-hardening project has a file called Interview with Mozilla where he claims that the information on that specific file has been obtained from the video call he made with a Mozilla developer named M. Shawn. This simply isn't the truth and he is completely lying about it. In fact, all the text has been copied from this Reddit conversation! We can clearly see the plagiarization when we compare those Reddit comments and the Interview with Mozilla:

bucgdf

xligkb

kcwjvf

This honestly is the best proof. See how all the text is the same. He even didn't bothered to remove the links:

ivsvay

As we can see the text is exactly the same! Rest of the comments are slightly modified to make those be more suitable on the fake interview. Also here is a screenshot of the Interview with Mozilla where M. Shawn directly said the information which is available on the Pocket Privacy Policy. Doesn't this sound a little bit obscure?:

tgxuqz

There are also other facts why the text has been copied:

  • CHEF-KOCH won't provide any information about video call.

  • He doesn't provide any information about M. Shawn.

  • He doesn't explain why the text is exactly the same.

  • The whole text doesn't sound natural and nobody in Mozilla would answer like that.

  • The Reddit conversation has taken place before the CHEF-KOCH's fake interview.

And I actually contacted CHEF-KOCH on Reddit via private message. Here are screenshots from our conversation:

wmxjur

eryotg

As you can see that CHEF-KOCH is trying to circumvent the facts and making excuses like; "If you excuse me to be a liar the discussion is immediately over" so he wouldn't have to answer me.

I contacted to GitHub support about this and they answered that I need to make a DMCA request for further processing. I'm not interested in DMCA request right now and I'd rather leave this up to this point. But this is really sad how CHEF-KOCH plagiarizes the work of other people. As I said in Reddit's private message to CHEF-KOCH;

I honestly though that the person who worked at Microsoft and Nvidia for over 15 years could be honest and I wouldn't need to go through this.

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commented Jan 15, 2019

@LonelyCredit chef koch does not know English very well so if the text doesn't sound natural that is proof it was faked

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commented Jan 15, 2019

He "worked" for Microsoft and Nvidia since his plagiarized code probably contained their copyright notice. Resume building Level 100! 馃槀

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commented Jan 16, 2019

I'm not defending CK, but DMCA doesn't seem appliable here. Most of the info he "borrowed" are GPL licensed. Obviously he should have given appropriate credits to the original authors.

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commented Jan 16, 2019

So... I can "borrow" your work (under GPL) and claim authorship?

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commented Jan 16, 2019

No. You should credit the authors, but unless CK is making money out of the "borrowed" content, they can't call a DMCA against him IMHO.

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commented Jan 16, 2019

Yes, of course. My English... sometimes I should read 3 times before asking. 馃槈

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commented Jan 16, 2019

No problems. "Borrow" was ironic! CK does it, but he also gets the same disrespect from others.

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commented Jan 19, 2019

You guys can add another stolen item to @CHEF-KOCH

@CHEF-KOCH's modal filter list on day of list creation at commit 5ecf7ee on Dec 2, 2018 is 100% copied line-for-line from my modal filter list provided at commit 8d57b6b on Nov 30, 2018

I opened an issue asking for attribution and he deleted the issue immediately.

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commented Jan 19, 2019

I was gonna tell you to open an issue in https://github.com/collinbarrett/FilterLists, but I see you already did that. 馃憤

BTW, am I the only one who can't star CK's FilterLists? Not saying I want to (hell no!), but I noticed the star button is greyed out for me there...

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commented Jan 20, 2019

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

collinbarrett/FilterLists#669
collinbarrett/FilterLists#670

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commented Mar 7, 2019

Since I know who is behind all this I also filled in a DMCA takedown request against ghacks-user.js

Great! He always comes back to me, and blames me for everything, even though others before me called him out, and even though I go out of my way to avoid him - and have NEVER had ANYTHING to do with taking any action against him. I even closed this issue (and locked it at one point).

I actually fail to see how a DMCA can be taken against this repo. No-one is perfect, but AFAIK everything here is attributed where needed

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commented Mar 7, 2019

So he will complain when github censors something he writes but also complain when github does not censor something that he didn't write?

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commented Mar 7, 2019

I hope that @crazy-max will succeed with DMCA. Inform us with the outcome.

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commented Mar 20, 2019

Update : https://github.com/CHEF-KOCH/CKs-FilterList-Mirror

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commented Mar 20, 2019

@crazy-max ahahahahah

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commented Mar 20, 2019

IIRC, there's a GitLab mirror also.

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commented Mar 25, 2019

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commented Mar 26, 2019

^ that's all under Proof 2 in OP - not your German link, but the related info

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