The operator of one of the Internet’s sleaziest revenge porn websites has been banned from publishing any more nude images of people without their explicit permission under an agreement settling charges that he violated federal law.
Craig Brittain, the man behind IsAnybodyDown, is also required to permanently delete all images he collected, according to a release published Thursday by the Federal Trade Commission. As Ars reported almost two years ago, Colorado Springs, Colorado-based Brittain used a variety of deceitful tactics to obtain nude photos, mostly of women, which he then posted on his site without permission. Alongside the images, he posted names, birthdates, and Facebook profiles of the people portrayed.
According to the FTC, Brittain once boasted that his site was superior to other revenge porn destinations because it produced a “higher level of hatred.” In all, he earned about $12,000 from IsAnybodyDown and included photos from more than 1,000 people. At the same time that Brittain published the photos, according to the FTC, Brittain owned and operated two content removal services that could delete people’s images and content from IsAnybodyDown in exchange for a payment of $200 to $500. Critics claimed that e-mails sent from the two services—”Takedown Hammer” and “Takedown Lawyer”—used the same IP addresses as Craig Brittain’s e-mails, but Brittain denied the connection.
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