Support The Paypal14

The Paypal14

The Paypal 14, a group of activists who participated in actions against Paypal due to their financial blockade of Wikileaks, are in need of $86,000 to pay off their fines.

Cryptostorm, a truly innovative VPN service provider, is running a silent auction and I have contributed two items, each with a starting bid of $99.

Both items involve social network analysis. The first is a ‘Skittleball’ – a Gephi graph based on the mentions of a set of six to twelve Twitter accounts to be named by the auction winner. I made an example graph earlier today based on the seven activists who have Twitter accounts. The winner gets not just the image, but also the .gephi file, the raw files from the Twitter accounts, and some install help on the Twitter Recorder Machine, the system I use for large scale tracking of Twitter activity.

Seven of the Paypal14

Seven of the Paypal14

The second item is a Maltego graph, also based on a set of six to twelve Twitter accounts. I did an example here using the same seven accounts and got a good directory, but it’s not a good visualization – these guys simply have too many friends to fit onto a single screen. This one comes with install help for some simple Maltego transforms I wrote.

The Paypal14

I hope all of those social network connections add up to a quick $86,000 so these guys can go free from their encounter with the Department of Justice.

Regarding @ProjectViridium

@ProjectViridium Profile

@ProjectViridium Profile

Well well well … what do we have here? Who is @ProjectViridium and what are they doing? The name is interesting … as I once associated with a group called Project VIGILANT.

A democratic, hacker collective, actively seeking out and nullifying targets with any means needed

Now who do we know who is a Democrat, a hacker, and a writer who has published research about decision making collectives? That sure does sound like … Neal Rauhauser.

@ProjectViridium Recruiting

@ProjectViridium Recruiting

Who has a history of recruiting via Twitter for complex, long term projects like Progressive Congress News? Again, Neal Rauhauser rears his infamous head.

@ProjectViridium Following

@ProjectViridium Following

They aren’t gonna get very far asking people to contact by DM when they only follow eleven reporters likely to pick up hacktivism stories. I guess media whoring is easier than the delicate, gritty work of forging a team out of random grassroots activists.

@ProjectViridium Russian Attack

@ProjectViridium Russian Attack

Seeing the word ‘Russian’ and the bird of prey rising with wings displayed and elevated reminds me that about six months ago I trolled some paranoid retards with @AnonWolfrune. The account was made up to look like one of the highly theoretical Ukrainian neo-Nazi members of Anonymous.

@ProjectViridium Needs Arabic Speakers

@ProjectViridium Needs Arabic Speakers

Who do we know that speaks Arabic? Why that sounds like @OsborneInk, an Arabic speaking U.S. Army cryptologic linguist who pitched in with me on an analysis of data Anonymous got from the Syrian Electronic Army last year. Recall that Matt and another person both go FBI visits in September of 2013 after a Twitter account operated to look like me made a threat against the Buffalo FBI field office.

Detroit Water & Sewer DDoS

Detroit Water & Sewer DDoS

Hrm, who used to live in Michigan? Did you guess Neal Rauhauser? Right again! A crime like this would certainly get anyone Neal Rauhauser knows in Michigan a visit, wouldn’t it?

The originals are gone now, but the very first method @ProjectViridium tried to get attention was … posting a manifesto on Doxbin, a companion project of Encyclopedia Dramatica. They also have a companion site for revenge pornography called PinkMeth, which is being sued by a wingnut lawyer in Texas.

Four days from now there is a hearing in Texas regarding Rauhauser vs. McGibney Texas Appeals Case 02-14-00215-CV, which will likely result in a $1,000,000 sanction jointly and severally against James McGibney and his company, ViaView. One of McGibney’s cronies made a public production of getting in touch with the lawyer on the PinkMeth case back when it made the news. Now isn’t that interesting?

Wait a minute!! Do you think … could it be … someone about to lose a frivolous lawsuit … and face a huge sanction … would have created an online presence made to look like the other party … and then used it to claim a federal crime … that carries a lengthy prison sentence? And just in case they couldn’t get the DOJ to serve as their personal army … manufacturing and planting evidence … with an eye on that wingnut lawyer … so he’ll take the risk of coming after me?

Now maybe that’s just a whole pile of dots, just some of life’s little coincidences, arranged by a mind sensitized by too much conflict. But @ProjectViridium sure looks to me like someone tore up my playbook, added in a few cybercrime clippings, and made a collage. I am not the only one that came to this conclusion.

Fiat justitia ruat caelum.

Rauhauser vs. McGibney Texas Appeals Case 02-14-00215-CV

The case Rauhauser v. McGibney 02-14-00215-CV was filed in Texas state appellate court right after lunch on August 11th, 2014. The underlying statute being used is the Texas Citizens Participation Act, which you can learn more about at SLAPP’ed In Texas.

My representation on this case is Jeff Dorrell, a Houston lawyer who worked for Congressman Charlie Wilson during the height of Charlie Wilson’s War. Jeff is a past national president of the Log Cabin Republicans, he is admitted to every Texas state court, all three Texas federal courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals in 2nd, 4th, and 5th districts, and the U.S. Supreme Court. I could not wish for any better representation in what will be a precedent setting 1st Amendment case.

The original case behind this was a frivolous lawsuit filed by James McGibney which included me, a New York Community college professor named Jennifer D’Allesandro, “Amelia Sanaka”, the only name known for the operator of the defunct @OccupyRebellion Twitter account, and an alleged member of the Aryan Brotherhood named Thomas Retzlaff. The case number for this is Texas 067-270669-14.

McGibney almost immediately filed another frivolous action in California federal court which again named me, Retzlaff, Sanaka, and that one also includes Lane Lipton, a school teacher who lives somewhere on Long Island. Lipton hired Clark Braunstein, who is just in his second year out of law school, but he works for the firm his father owns, so she is in good hands, and they also filed an anti-SLAPP motion similar to mine. The original federal case number is 5:2014-cv-01059.

Retzlaff filed a libel suit against McGibney’s attorney, Jay Leiderman, who had referred to him as a “convicted sex offender”. There is a Thomas Retzlaff, same middle initial, who is on the sex offender registry in Oklahoma, but he is under age thirty. The Retzlaff named in the various lawsuits has a daughter who is in her late twenties, even a little bit of due diligence would have uncovered this. I do not know the case number for this one, it’s a state case in Maricopa county, Arizona.

Thomas Retzlaff was subject to a variety of threat hoaxes by McGibney, which were done to circumvent the discovery stop provided by the Texas Citizens Participation Act filing. McGibney resides in San Jose, in mid-May I spoke to SJPD detective Nathaniel Braxton, and the next day he told me the case had been referred to the FBI. One individual briefly employed by McGibney this year has a serious computer crimes conviction, and another former employee, Deric Lostutter, is under investigation for a hospital intrusion connected to the Steubenville rape case. Usually a referral to the FBI is a local police department punting a complex interstate case, but this time I think there is some substance behind it.

As I mentioned earlier, SLAPP’ed In Texas is an excellent source for technical information on the Texas Citizens Participation act. Ongoing coverage of this saga happens at ViaViewFiles. I used Anonymouse to provide this link rather than making a direct connection. I strongly advise you to use this as the means to browse that site, unless you are comfortable using Tor or a VPN. Some of the regulars are McGibney partisans and any links in the comments should be treated as a trap.