Shockingly Craigslist Account Soliciting Naked Photos For Revenge Porn Has Same IP As Site Owner And Fake Lawyer

from the shockers dept

It's been a little while since we last wrote about the "revenge porn" website IsAnybodyDown which has gone from questionable (and possibly illegal) practice to questionable (and possibly illegal) practice. You may recall that the site first came to our attention when an "advertisement" on the site claimed to be from a lawyer who would get the naked images on the site taken down for a small fee. The problem? Well, the "lawyer David Blade" did not appear to exist. And his emails came from the same IP address as the site's owner (and, no, IP addresses alone do not guarantee they're the same person, but it raises questions). Since then, the guys behind the site, Chance Trahan and Craig Brittain, have made crazy claim after crazy claim often with little basis in reality. There was the attempt to silence criticism via bogus DMCA notices, followed by bogus legal threats.

Back in November, Adam Steinbaugh noted that it appeared that many of the images were sent via tricking people on Craigslist into sending naked pictures, which Brittain seems to believe is the equivalent of permission to post the images. At one point, Brittain posted some emails that showed some of the Craigslist communications came via his own email address. Oops.

It appears that more and more people are becoming aware of this, and realizing that if Brittain is soliciting these images, often by lying to unsuspecting individuals, the legal issues he may be facing are increasing drastically. A reporter in Denver, Brian Maass has spoken with a woman whose images appeared on the site, and the email exchange... came from the same IP address as Brittain and the non-lawyer "David Blade."
Late Friday, CBS4 broadcast Maass' interview with a woman who met another woman on Craigslist named "Jess Davis." Davis corresponded and sent nude photos of herself, and she asked the other woman to send her racy photos in return. Davis also asked for her date of birth and phone number, saying she was looking to have "just some fun." The victim went along with the exchange, believing she was interacting with a woman.

Five days later, the woman's photos were on IsAnybodyDown, along with her contact info. "This is something I didn't want all of the world to see," she told Maass in the interview, in which her face and voice were obscured.

Turns out, the e-mails from jessdavis877@gmail.com came from the same IP address as Craig Brittain's e-mails—just like e-mails from the "Takedown Lawyer" named "David Blade III," which also apparently originated at Brittain's Colorado Springs home.
Given Steinbaugh's earlier reporting on this, this is hardly surprising, but it raises the legal problems Brittain may come up against at some point.
If Brittain created fake identities to acquire womens' photos and then posted them online himself, it's pretty clear that he won't be protected by the federal law that he believes shields him currently, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. That law protects website owners from liability for material posted by their users in certain situations. An attorney who speaks with Maass in the new piece says that by creating fake identities to populate his site with new photos, Brittain's behavior enters the criminal realm.
The Ars Technica report (linked above) that covers the latest Brittain interview also includes a bunch of ridiculous quotes and claims from Brittain, who seems to think he can say just about anything without consequence, such as insisting that the people appearing on his site want to be there.
"You're saying, all those people want to be on your website?" asks Maass.

"I would say so," answers Brittain. "I would suggest they want people to see their pictures... What they don't want is some of the shame, some of the discrimination from people. I would suggest they took the pictures, they obviously want people to see them. They sent a lot of them to random strangers that they had never met."
That's quite a stretch of course. But Brittain then goes even further, suggesting that this is all for the greater good. Yes, putting up naked photos of people that they may have taken willingly, but for a very specific audience, is good for society:
"We actually think the fact they're taking these pictures is a good thing, and an acceptable thing," he says. "We're not trying to shame them or scrutinize them. We're trying to entertain the world. And also to take away a lot of the stigma that's associated with this, because we don't believe these people should be shamed. It may be tough for some of the first people that have been posted. But as time goes on and this gets bigger, this will become more and more of an acceptable thing in society."
That's one way to look at it, though I find it difficult to believe that posting naked images of someone publicly, who had no such intention for those pictures, is unlikely to become a "socially acceptable" kind of thing any time soon.


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    anonymous dutch coward, Feb 19th, 2013 @ 3:24pm

    4chan

    don't you have 4chan for people like Brittain?

     

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    The dude, Feb 19th, 2013 @ 3:25pm

    That Moron isn't just a piece of shit,the stupid, careless way in which he did his little "operation" is even worse

     

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    Donnicton, Feb 19th, 2013 @ 3:28pm

    "We're not trying to shame them or scrutinize them. We're trying to entertain the world. And also to take away a lot of the stigma that's associated with this, because we don't believe these people should be shamed. It may be tough for some of the first people that have been posted. But as time goes on and this gets bigger, this will become more and more of an acceptable thing in society."

    ...Prenda?

     

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    The dude, Feb 19th, 2013 @ 3:28pm

    "We actually think the fact they're taking these pictures is a good thing, and an acceptable thing," he says. "We're not trying to shame them or scrutinize them. We're trying to entertain the world. And also to take away a lot of the stigma that's associated with this, because we don't believe these people should be shamed. It may be tough for some of the first people that have been posted. But as time goes on and this gets bigger, this will become more and more of an acceptable thing in society."

    I wonder what would happen if someone posted his naked person on a website and offered him to remove it for a fee, while saying it was "for his own good".

     

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      That Anonymous Coward (profile), Feb 19th, 2013 @ 3:52pm

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      the pixs are out there on the web. Craig hates to admit it by back in the myspace heyday he would sell camshows of himself.

       

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        The dude, Feb 19th, 2013 @ 4:06pm

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        You mean "tried" to sell camshows of himself, right? Because i doubt someone would pay to see a failed musician and all around loser removing his clothes and making hot poses (although you never know).

         

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          That Anonymous Coward (profile), Feb 19th, 2013 @ 5:14pm

          Re: Re: Re:

          he was a scrawny little thing, and I'm guessing once he realized the ladies weren't hot to see him that he accepted that some gay men found him attractive...
          Heroin Chic did so much damage to the world...

           

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 19th, 2013 @ 3:41pm

     

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    Monarch818, Feb 19th, 2013 @ 3:51pm

    Scumbags like this should have full castrations as punishment. No jail time needed. Because the more dirtbags that get castrated, the less and less the future scum will do this kind of thing. It also has the side benefit of making sure the scumbag's gene pool is not replenished into society.

     

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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), Feb 19th, 2013 @ 4:10pm

    I'm in the minority...
    I never had an issue with the site existing, up until there was the fake lawyer portion to get the images down. Extortion is not nice.

    Sometimes people need object lessons, take for example they wrecked cars that make the rounds at our high schools. This is what actually happened to someone who was drinking and driving. This is what happened to someone who just had to answer that text. No matter how many times you tell them, they assume they are in the magical few who can avoid all of the bad.

    This is what can happen when you send out random nudes to people. Had the site not given out phone numbers, email addys, FB profiles etc and actually took down the pics when people asked... it would not have not raised a blip.

    But well they wanted easy money, and did every skeezy thing they could to get it. Some of the pictures might be CP, and I am sure that Tweedle Dumb and Tweedle Dumber are trying to scrub their machines clean now before the authorities roll in.

    From reading over on Ars it looks like the site finally folded, and they are trying to sell off the domain. I doubt it'll be enough to get them out on bond.

     

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      Joe Pullen, Feb 19th, 2013 @ 7:23pm

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      Damn right. Naked pics of him wiggling it for the porn cams exist. He continues to lie that someone else posted themn which is frankly hilarious and hypocritical considering he states there is no such thing as involuntary porn.

       

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        That Anonymous Coward (profile), Feb 19th, 2013 @ 7:50pm

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        I think he is just sad remembering how thin he was before he discovered hot pockets.

        I was saddened by his criminal record, I really thought he deserved much more than he got.

         

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      PT (profile), Feb 20th, 2013 @ 11:42am

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      It hasn't folded yet, it's still up, but you can't get to the dirty pics. Any click returns this message:

      Wordfence has limited your access to this site

      Your access to this service has been temporarily limited. Please try again in a few minutes. (HTTP response code 503)

      Reason: Exceeded the maximum global requests per minute for crawlers or humans.

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 19th, 2013 @ 6:39pm

    These guys are probably screwed.

    The one thing I have against the assault they will endure is something I read about Mark Randazza wanting to go after them using copyright laws, that would be bad.

     

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      That Anonymous Coward (profile), Feb 19th, 2013 @ 7:47pm

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      I might be blending the other "revenge porn" site from TX together with this one, but one of then has a mother who seems really tweaked that pictures of her underaged child were posted on the site.

      CP violations dwarf copyright violations.

      And I believe I read somewhere that Randazza did have a client, who was just waiting for the registrations to come back.

      Althou I guess if copyright can get you a SWAT team in copters to raid a mansion...

       

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    Joe Pullen, Feb 19th, 2013 @ 9:09pm

    Nothing about these revenge porn slime surprise me any more. They are all exceedingly stupid. Would not surprise me if the one in Texas posted pics of his younger sister or her friends but time will tell. I suspect that one will be going to jail eventually as well for posting under age.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 19th, 2013 @ 11:59pm

    Something to remember, however: that is not, in itself, enough information to identify that all three are one and the same still. This is because, if the IP address is dynamically assigned to the router/computer, then that will, indeed, shift.

     

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      Adam Steinbaugh, Feb 20th, 2013 @ 1:33am

      Response to: Anonymous Coward on Feb 19th, 2013 @ 11:59pm

      He's had the same static IP for some time, and the emails that were compared were nearly simultaneous. Plus, he used the same version of the same email program from all three email addresses.

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 20th, 2013 @ 1:59am

    Revenge porn should be illegal but I know it cannot and here is why.

    In principle it's a great idea to outlaw revenge porn because it's a dick move and people do not deserve to be posted all over the internet sucking dick.

    In fact it's a horrible idea because it will be abused for a method of revenge.

    Breakups are far too emotional for such a law to ever work. I see a few sites trying to pass laws to ban it but even though they mean for the best it would never turn out how they think.

    Not when people are out for blood..

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 20th, 2013 @ 3:21am

    We're trying to entertain the world.

    Putting him in a ring with some of his victims would also be trying to entertain the world. Tying his hand behind his back first would add to the fun.

     

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    Buster, Feb 21st, 2013 @ 7:30am

    Noone can see the picture I'm giving a stranger

    Wait wait wait. So the victim begins exchanging I'm assuming texts/emails and maybe a phone call or 2 with a stranger met on Criag's list. She then sends explicit images to this person and communication stops. So in other words she sent her nude picture to a stranger but is mad that her picture is now being passed around online?

    This is why you meet someone, get to know them, date them a little THEN send your pictures. She had this coming.

     

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    me, Feb 25th, 2013 @ 2:55am

    A certain similar site with the initials PM is much worse... I hope they all face consequences someday.

     

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