UFC president Dana White's war on Internet piracy may have just taken an unexpected (and somewhat bizarre) turn.
Twenty-four hours after hackers posted White's alleged personal info – including his apparent phone number, social security number and current and past addresses – a Las Vegas woman has come forward and claims at least part of that information is completely incorrect.
"When I look, it's my phone number and my address," Las Vegas' Julie Breeler told FOX 5 Vegas in a Friday night report. "There's no Dana White here, folks."
Breeler claims to have received more than 500 phone calls since her information was released in place of White's actual data.
In the report, FOX 5 reporter Matt Delucia suggests the UFC boss' name became associated with Breeler's address thanks to a past resident of the house who owned a white cat named "Dana," and used the pseudonym as a way to detect junk mail.
White's alleged information was posted by a Twitter user claiming to be a member of the same Internet group that over this past weekend attacked UFC.com, UGNazi.com. The online collective known as Anonymous on Thursday also hacked into both UFC.com and UFC.tv, briefly defacing the website. The hackers also claim to have mined customer data during the raid but have yet to prove their success.
Most credit the original Web attack on the UFC as a response to an editorial published this past week by its chief legal counsel, Lawrence Epstein, who expressed support for the controversial anti-piracy bills SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act).
On Thursday, White then offered an open challenge to Internet hackers, stirring the follow-up response.
The UFC has aggressively pursued piracy in the courts in recent years and successfully brought down several websites that pirated its content. While White today admitted the bill was not the perfect vehicle in the fight to protect his promotion's most valuable product – pay-per-view broadcasts – he recently said it's the best weapon available at the moment.
"Is SOPA the perfect bill? No, it's not," he said. "The only thing that we're focused on is piracy. Piracy is stealing. If you walk into a store and you steal a gold watch, it's the same as stealing a pay-per-view. I don't care what your twisted, demented idea of stealing is. This kids who grew up on the Internet never had to pay for anything, so they don't think that you should have to."
White spoke to FOX 5 Vegas and said the potentially failed attack proves what he has contended all along: Hackers are terrorists.
"All I'm trying to do is stop people from stealing my product," White said. "I'm not intimidated. I'm not scared by what they're doing.
"You know how many phone calls I got [Thursday] night? None. Nobody called me. … This is what happens when you deal with terrorists, man. These guys are like terrorists."
Breeler contends that in addition to the annoyance of the phone calls, she's also now having difficulty sleeping due to paranoia that someone may be lurking outside her home.
Delucia said Breeler has contacted the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for assistance.