Anon-IB, BADASS, and Ohio as the revenge porn capital of the world

Ohio is one of the states where you don’t need someone’s consent to post nude photos of them, as Ohio’s Katelyn Bowden, a co-founder of BADASS has discovered. Her nude photographs had been stolen off of her ex-boyfriend’s phone and uploaded to the internet without her consent. When she went to the police, she was told:

“…did the ex file a police report for the missing phone? Because that’s the only crime that was committed here.”

Ohio is one of the 12 states that do not have a law against non-consensual nude images. BADASS is a non-profit and stands for “Battling Against Demeaning and Abusive Selfie Sharing”. They are trying to get such a law passed in Ohio.

Clevelander Karie Scroggs had an ex-boyfriend upload her photos to the now-closed Anon-IB, a website trafficking in non-consensual and child porn. Scoggs has been able to file criminal charge against her ex:

“That was a whole side of me that was only to be shared with the person I cared for. It destroyed me.

I never want anyone to have to go through this, especially when such a vulnerable side of you is shown and then brutally dissected for the world to see.”

Scoggs still gets messages saying, ‘Did you know you’re on this site? You’re fat and disgusting. Gross. Wanna fuck?’

When Anon-IB was taken down, it issued a statement saying “We vehemently deny any and all accusations regarding revenge porn, and child pornography…” but the site not only published the photos, they kept records of the target’s personal information and itemized it by city, university, and even high school.

BADASS documented all of it. Their official statement claims that 850 of their 1000 members were victimized by this site, including 200 who were under 18. They kept records of the takedown requests that were ignored, including minors under age 18, and screenshots of uploaders admitting the images were not consensual. They list an additional number of affiliated sites that have not been taken down:

Anon-IBs owners had a few other sites on the seized boxes that they failed to mention:
leaked(dot)win (prev nopornhere(dot)ch)

heatmap anon siteThe people who uploaded revenge porn to the forum thought they were anonymous, but they were not as anonymous as they may have thought. Dutch police took down their servers this March, but Norwegian security analyst Einar Otto Stangvik was able to collect their IPs before the seizure, and has tuned them into a heat map of where people were posting from.

This map includes data from February 2015 to January 2018. The heat map is here, via Motherboard. Vimeo here.

Kind of interesting to see the huge growing red spot in Israel, also significant concentrations in Singapore and the Philippines, but not Thailand, notorious for its sex tourism.

IP addresses stay clustered mostly along the east coast of the US, the UK, and Germany. In Stangvik’s findings a significant portion of the posts were coming from Senate, Navy bases, and Executive Branch computers.

Doesn’t say which administration, Trump or Obama, but according to The Daily Beast, “Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the spokesperson for the White House, did not respond to a request for comment.”

7 thoughts on “Anon-IB, BADASS, and Ohio as the revenge porn capital of the world

  1. That’s amazing, it worked. I didn’t know you embed vimeo here. YouTube embeds with just the “share” URL, but if you want to do more than one, sometimes it balks. The comments don’t work the same. With the posts you can choose either html or a sort of visual editor and switch back and forth between them. The comments only work on html, but lately I have had problems displaying photos. They seem to have been working on it, because now If I edit a comment the photo disappears but I seem to be able to post it on the first pass. I’m convinced they use the free blogs to test their non-free software, it’s the only thing that can explain the continuous glitches.

    I will post the viimeo code here again, just to see what happens.

  2. Okay, I edited your comment, unapproved it, spammed it, unspammed it, approved it, and still nothing. Then I posted the URL again, but at the very end of your text, and voilà! it has now appeared. And yes the html does appear, but only in edit mode, not in viewing comments.

    1. Hey no worries. Figuring out techy stuff for which I’m vastly unqualified is actually my day job. Today I programmed a cloud-based virtual fax server, created a website contact form widget from scratch, negotiated an Optic Fiber contract and troubleshooted (troubleshot?) a faulty Wi-Fi accesspoint. Oh, and I figured out how to embed private Vimeo videos that don’t have a “share” button I guess. :p

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