Anonymous Targets IsAnybodyDown.com, which Chance Trahan Claims He Doesn’t Run

A few brief updates about involuntary porn site IsAnybodyDown.com and its “Takedown Hammer” scheme.  If you’re just joining us, a synopsis of the IsAnybodyDown.com controversy is here.

[Update: Chance Trahan responds at length [PDF].  He denies running the site and says that talking about him is cybersquatting, among other things. More below.]

[Update 1/7/2013: Chance deleted the above post (though here’s a copy [PDF]) and replaced it with a new response.  It’s a copy/paste of this post edited to tell his side of the story.  Chance Trahan says that the “David Blade” / “Takedown Hammer” site is, alternatively, a “parody” or a “third party hiree.”  Chance says he only designed the site, its logos, and created its Facebook account — the idea and content are Craig’s.  Chance also maintains his claim that speaking negatively about or to him (without his permission) is “harassment” and “cybersquatting,” and that those criticizing him were hired to do so.  Chance also commented on this post, below]

First, hacking group Anonymous, fresh off of gaining international attention for targeting involuntary pornographer Hunter Moore, has turned its attention to IsAnybodyDown and its founders.  Moore’s arch-nemesis, Bullyville, is following suit.

Second, Craig Brittain and Chance Trahan have launched their own personal websites to tell their own stories.  

Elsewhere, Chance Trahan now says that he doesn’t run IsAnybodyDown.com, but that it would be way cool if he did.  He says his role was limited to creating logos for the site.  This would seem to correspond with IsAnybodyDown’s description of him as their graphic designer.  Because of this purportedly limited station, Chance says we have no right to scrutinize him:

Chance Trahan says he doesn't run a porn siteI disagree. Let’s begin.

Chance’s protestations that he doesn’t “run” the site don’t correspond with  what Craig — and Chance himself – have said.

Chance now says he doesn’t “run” the site.  But take a gander at how he described his role last month, before the media began calling (IADX.org is the shortlink for IsAnybodyDown.com):

chance-trahan-i-run-isanybodydown

Chance also had this to say to his family:

chance-trahan-to-family-i-run-isanybodydown

Update (12/19): In October, on the Instagram account that’s linked from his site, Chance posted this screenshot of a message he sent to gossip site TMZ about IsAnybodyDown, noting that it posts nude photos and phone numbers of people.  In the Instagram post, Chance described IsAnybodyDown.com as “our website”:

chance-trahan-instagram-our-website

The web design studio run by Craig and Chance lists “Is Anybody Down?” as one of their creations — in an article posted by Chance.

But wait, there’s more!  Just three weeks ago, Chance took partial credit for IsAnybodyDown retiring Hunter Moore and keeping him out of the involuntary porn game.  Neither of these things is true:

Nor was his role strictly limited to whipping up a few graphics.  Twitter accounts purportedly belonging to both Craig and Chance were mirroring the tweets sent by @is_anybody_down.  At a minimum, Chance was allowing his Twitter account to be used by Craig to promote the site.  For example (the t.co link goes to IsAnybodyDown):

chance-trahan-mirror-tweets chance-trahan-mirror-tweets2

If Chance’s role was limited to making a few logos, Craig Brittain hasn’t done him any favors.  For example, there’s this archived tweet from @is_anybody_down:

@is_anybody_down: That's why it's it's only me and Chance running this shit and not anyone else

 

Or there’s Trolldown, where Craig heralded the beginning of a great legal battle with himself and Chance (among a great many others) on one side and all who hate puppies on the other.  Or the On the Media interview, in which Chance was described as a “founder” of the site — and in his myriad of comments, Craig never bothered to qualify that description.  Indeed, Craig referred to the site’s owners in plurals:

We’ll never be in front of a jury, because we haven’t broken any laws, and with each passing second, the credibility of our opponents and their bogus, unsubstantiated, loaded, circumstantial, false interpretations of the law evaporates…

If we had broken any laws, we’d already have been charged. We haven’t and we won’t be. The end.

Or there’s the Gust.com profile, in which the site seeks investors and lists Chance as a “co-founder.” Or the AngelList profile seeking investors and against listing Chance as a “founder.”  Interestingly, Craig’s name has been removed since Marc Randazza started his campaign against the site.

But let’s suppose that Chance does just make logos.  That would presumably include the one which advertised fake lawyer “David Blade, III”:

Takedown Lawyer David Blade Advertisement

The photo used to make “Takedown Lawyer” ad above may have originated from stock photo site iStockPhoto.com.  This image from ProsperityMirror.com (registered by and apparently designed by Chance Trahan) also appears on the same stock photo site.  While by no means conclusive, the common origin of these images — and Chance’s claim that he designed graphics for the site — suggests that Chance may have created the above “Takedown Lawyer” ad.

Why would Chance be designing ads for a purportedly independent advertiser?  Color me skeptical that Chance had no idea that “David Blade” didn’t exist or wasn’t a real lawyer.  Given the above, I doubt that Chance’s role in this sordid affair was an arms-length transaction.  The nature of the “David Blade, III” scheme — and the great deal of public attention to these controversial sites, which profit off of the scrutiny of others — merits scrutiny of Chance’s involvement, whatever it may have been.

UPDATE: Chance’s response: 

Chance has responded in a lengthy diatribe, denying again that he runs the site:

Now, whether I run that site or not, I was hired to help design and rank it in the Alexa site ranks. […]

 

Just because I talk to someone privately about his website does not mean I authorize people to post on the internet that I run it publicly. Because I don’t run the site. Craig won’t let me anymore, he only pays me for logos and he won’t even let me do that anymore after all of this. […]

In other words, Chance does not “run” IsAnybodyDown.com.  He only designed the site, worked on its search engine rankings, let Craig use his Twitter account to send out 100+ tweets about the site, and said nothing publicly to contradict Craig’s characterization of him as a “co-founder” (until now, anyway).   And even if he did run it, Crag won’t let him run it anymore.

It’s quite clear — at least from my perspective — that Craig Brittain is primarily responsible for the site.  That doesn’t absolve Chance of being quite involved with — and responsible for — the purpose of the site.

Nor does it immunize him from criticism.  Chance says that we need his permission to mention his name or criticize his involvement with a site he says is “infamous.”  No, we don’t.  Talking about someone is not “cybersquatting,” nor is it “harassment.”

Lastly, Chance makes a lot of noise to say that “falsified documents” have been posted about him (where?), that I created an account for him on a gay dating site (what?), that I’m being paid by Bullyville.com (I thought I was being paid by Big Porn…), that I forced him to freestyle rap on Twitter to defend himself (I promise to never do this again), that Marc Randazza is supposedly paying Anonymous to hack the site, etc.  I’m beginning to have trouble distinguishing Chance and Craig’s crazy theories from those of Jonathan Lee Riches.

[I’d ask Chance for comment, but he has spurned prior requests for comment as ‘harassment.‘ My prior offer stands: if I’ve made a factual error, I’m happy to correct it; if Craig or Chance want me to include a response, I’m happy to post it. I can be reached via email here.]

  • Nicholas Weaver

    Of course, Chance’s defense site is hosted on the same frakkin server as “Is Anybody Down”:

    % dig +short isanybodydown.com
    93.114.44.79

    % dig +short chancetrahan.com
    93.114.44.79

    These clowns are pretty slow learners. If only some Colorado, New Mexico, or Federal prosecutor wanted an easy case…

    • ChanceTrahan

      If that case is so easy, why are you clowns having such a hard time struggling with it? http://ChanceTrahan.com

      • AdamSteinbaugh

        Chance Trahan oozed this classy comment with the email address “fuckyou@nigger.com.”

      • joe pullen

        Bwha ha ha – his latest manifesto is a hoot.

  • Nicholas Weaver

    Oh, and ProsperityMirror.com is also hosted on the jokers’ server:

    % dig +short ProsperityMirror.com
    93.114.44.79

  • Joe Pullen

    Chance and Craig have never let facts stand in the way of their version of the truth. Why start now?

  • http://twitter.com/myksomerville Myk Somerville

    “… they all commenced to bashing me and harassing me just because I replied to one of their slew of @ mentions asking them to leave me alone.” – ASKING them to leave him alone? That sure doesn’t seem to reflect the Twitter screenshots I’ve seen of Chance’s exchanges with the various parties. And now he’s all protective of pictures of his family? That’s a little hard to take, given what he’s comfortable doing – or enabling Craig to do – to countless women.

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  • eatshitshitbrick

    Just what exactly are you trying to prove? That you’re a pompous ass and in love with their website?

    • AdamSteinbaugh

      Congratulations on your recent progression from crayons to pixels as a medium for your art.

    • AdamSteinbaugh

      The above comment was posted from a Phoenix-area IP just two minutes after Chance Trahan (who lives in the Phoenix area) visited this page.

      Fail.

      • Joe Pullen

        Why am I not surprised. These guys just can’t seem to stop sticking their dicks into the hornets nest. Things must be getting “uncomfortable” for them :-)

    • Captain Obvious

      Your pathetic attempt to censor me via a bogus privacy complaint to YouTube = fail.

  • Jay

    Adam,

    I’ve had my photos uploaded onto the site. They were taken by me but I’m presuming my ex GF or someone with an axe to grind thought it would be a good idea to embarrass me by doing this. The problem is that I live in the UK and I know of no lawyers who are versed in this particular situation. Can you help or do you have any contact who could help? I would appreciate your wisdom.

    Jay.

  • Captain Obvious.

    And that’s not all folks. Chance Trahan has filed a complaint against me for violating his privacy – I kid you not – regarding the YouTube video I made about him and Craig Brittain. His complaint completely ignores all of the content I posted was already in public — posted largely by Chance himself with the rest coming from public media sources. YouTube will of course ignore it after reading my response. However, the irony is strong with this one. I am reminded of Chances comments to his victims telling them “not to take naked pics of themselves and send them to other people”. Perhaps Chance should take his own advice and not post his own pictures and commentaryin public where it can be copied and reposted elsewhere. Intelligence not being his strong suit I somehow doubt it. He is continuing to “delete” posts and commentary he has made to various locations not realizing it has already been captured for posterity sake. Seriously the incredible work Adam has done here tracking all of this should be clue # 1 to this moron.

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