back to article Splunk alleges source code theft by former employee who started rival biz

Data-crunching outfit Splunk has filed a lawsuit alleging that a former employee stole its source code and used it to start a rival company. A Splunk complaint [PDF] names Clint Sharp, a former senior leader in Splunk’s product management team, as the villain of the piece after he founded a rival company called “Cribl”. “ …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Interesting article.

    Now I know that the C in C# stands for Clint. Who knew?

  2. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge

    Sharp Practice

    Nominutiv Determinism?

  3. katrinab Silver badge

    I don't have any opinion on the alleged data theft, but who the hell came up with those company names?

    Who buys from them?

    1. VoiceOfTruth Silver badge

      -> Who buys from them?

      Quite a few large companies. See this Reg report here ( and prepare to be amazed at how much this person's earnings for a year were. Then ask yourself why you didn't become a Splunk sales bod.

    2. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge

      Along with Dynatrace, Splunk is mandated by the central IT PHBs at the place I work. They are a bit like shovel suppliers in a gold rush.

      Just today had to go looking in application logs for something - used Splunk, got a mass of results - used grep, with an equally simple set of parameters - bingo!

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        yes, if I was copying code it wouldn't be from Splunk. The only thing they've got is scalability (and you need it because they hoover up everything).

    3. Michael Wojcik Silver badge

      The fashion among marketing types for "vessels" – nonsense neologisms which lack existing denotations but are (supposedly) reminiscent of some positive, or at least engaging, connotations – for company names cannot end soon enough. It's the urushiol of nomenclature.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Perhaps slightly less obvious than calling his company "I-Crib" ?

    Unleash the lawyers ....

  5. mmccul

    Maybe reach out again for comment?

    I see cribl has posted a response at and I've been told they have fixed their email address for media inqueries. (No connection here with the company, I just know where to mention such things)

  6. MattPDev

    Apparently the source code was covered in splunk

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