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Top US Government Computers Linked to Revenge-Porn Site (thedailybeast.com) 97

Joseph Cox, reporting for The Daily Beast: Data obtained by a security analyst and shared with The Daily Beast reveals the behind-the-scenes of the epicenter of revenge porn: a notorious image board called Anon-IB, where users constantly upload non-consensual imagery, comment on it, and trade nudes like baseball cards. The data shows Anon-IB users connecting from U.S. Senate, Navy, and other government computers, including the Executive Office of the President, even as senators push for a bill that would further combat the practice, and after the military's own recent revenge-porn crisis. "Wow tig ol bitties. You have any nudes to share?" someone wrote in November, underneath a photo of a woman who apparently works in D.C., while connecting from an IP address registered to the U.S. Senate.

Anon-IB is a free-to-use message board where users post images, typically of women, and which is split into various genre or location sections. Some parts are focused on countries, while U.S. sections may narrow down to a state. Many users pursue so-called wins, which are nude or explicit photos, and may egg each other on to share more images. Anon-IB was also intertwined with a 2014 breach of celebrity nudes referred to as The Fappening. "Looking for wins of [redacted]. She used to send nudes to my friend all of the time. Would love to see some more," someone connecting from the U.S. Senate IP address wrote last August.

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Top US Government Computers Linked to Revenge-Porn Site

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  • by Anonymous Coward
    this should come as no surprise to anyone.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    They're still anonymous. Why did you post this on Slashdot?

  • Let's see (Score:4, Funny)

    by nospam007 ( 722110 ) * on Thursday January 11, 2018 @01:19PM (#55908613)

    Any chance for the peepee-tape?

  • We go out of our way to invent the most powerful technologies and what happens in return? Some subhuman rejects abuse it in some of the worst ways. This is why humanity can't have nice things.

  • by e3m4n ( 947977 ) on Thursday January 11, 2018 @01:38PM (#55908799)

    We are talking about a body of people who feel they are exempt from the very laws they pass. They commit insider trading and yet the SEC never prosecutes them. They pass a healthcare plan that is touted to be the greatest thing since sliced bread, yet exempted themselves from that too. Sexual harassment training is required of all government employees and military, and yet we recently learned that the house and senate did NOT have any such programs in place. Its as if they think their Congressional Immunity extends beyond the narrow definition of Legislative Acts as defined by the Supreme Court.

    • by hey! ( 33014 ) on Thursday January 11, 2018 @02:33PM (#55909299) Homepage Journal

      Don't look at us liberals. We wanted to give everyone to have the same kind of health care plan that members of Congress get, but we had to settle for a Republican health care plan ginned up by the Heritage Foundation for Bob Dole's presidential campaign. You know, the one that not only preserves private insurance companies, but also guarantees them more customers and compensates them for absorbing high risk patients.

    • They pass a healthcare plan that is touted to be the greatest thing since sliced bread, yet exempted themselves from that too

      Actually, the opposite happened.

      Chuck Grassley of Iowa thought he had a brilliant plan to sabotage the Affordable Care Act: He would add an amendment that required members of Congress to get their health insurance from the ACA exchanges, instead of continuing on the government's employer-provided health insurance. Surely the Democrats would balk at his clever amendment, and then he would have his big press conference and gotcha moment!!

      The Democrats accepted his amendment and put it in the bill.

      This caused

    • We are talking about a body of people who feel they are exempt from the very laws they pass.

      We're talking about reporting that says stuff like ""Would love to see some more," someone connecting from the U.S. Senate IP address wrote last August." Really? The US Senate has one IP address? (Cf: definite vs. indefinite articles). That's a pretty big red flag as to the accuracy of the story.

      • by mamono ( 706685 )
        I work for the government and nearly all outbound traffic from the over 12,000 employees in our agencies comes through one of two IPs, depending on which side of the country you are on. So yes, it is entirely feasible that there could be hundreds of people accessing these sites behind just a single IP.

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