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[–]ace2049ns 611 points612 points  (46 children)

Everyone in this thread seems to think the entire FBI made up of two guys who can only investigate one thing at a time...

[–][deleted] 328 points329 points  (15 children)

Mulder and Sculley.

[–]thefacemanzero 107 points108 points  (2 children)

It’s at least three. F,B, and I.

[–]SsurebreC 58 points59 points  (0 children)

And I ain't doing it.

[–]onlyaskredditonly 1 point2 points  (0 children)

nicholas cage from The Rock

[–]Irrepressible_Monkey 14 points15 points  (3 children)

Special Agent Dale Cooper.

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I like pie.

[–]Alchemist42 6 points7 points  (0 children)

and coffee. Black as midnight on a moonless night.

[–]varro-reatinus 1 point2 points  (0 children)

"Dianne, I've been mentioned in another Reddit thread..."

[–]ThrowawayEvilCorp 11 points12 points  (2 children)

Not judging by the new episodes. Yikes.

[–]Thehotnesszn 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Thanks for reminding me of the new episodes! :)

[–]UhOhFeministOnReddit 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Errr, I'd hold off on thanking anyone until you watch them. lol

[–]TenFootTone 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Sculler and Muldy

[–]ajlunce 2 points3 points  (0 children)

*Mueller and Sculley

[–]DrunkenJaguar 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Damnit Scully why wont you believe?!

[–]odiervr 0 points1 point  (0 children)

  • smoking man.

[–]onlyaskredditonly 0 points1 point  (0 children)

0mmully and Scullyl

[–]Novazilla 76 points77 points  (5 children)

Yeah for real there are like 40k fbi agents working cases all over the nation. Of course they're looking for revenge porn intrusion cases

[–]MrMuffinz126 33 points34 points  (4 children)

They've got at least 1000 actively looking at my porn history and being disappointed in me.

[–]Jokerzrival 22 points23 points  (3 children)

"god damnit what's with this guy and hippos fucking, come on I wanna see something new for once"

[–]MrMuffinz126 15 points16 points  (0 children)

sweats profusely

[–]misogichan 10 points11 points  (1 child)

"He's back to sweat-licking. Ugh, those two don't go together. Finally, we got him on something. He's stealing winrar. Let's get him booked so we can move on."

[–]Jokerzrival 5 points6 points  (0 children)

"great. I heard about this one guy that only uses ball sweat for lube can we watch him next?"

[–]AoG_Grimm 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Holden ford and bill tench

[–]tony_sama 30 points31 points  (9 children)

why would people be upset about a fappening hacker being arrested? they are shitty people

[–]Lots42 0 points1 point  (2 children)

There's an entire cult out there dedicated to hating women. This cult calls themselves Redpillers. So 'fappening' hurts women so it's okay it's happened. To the eyes of the cult.

[–]tony_sama 0 points1 point  (1 child)

that's what the redpill thing is? shit

[–]Malphael 1 point2 points  (0 children)


Check out their glossary of terms and see for yourself.

Basically these people view relationships as a struggle for power dominance between the man and the woman.

They believe that women seek out dominant men who they refer to as Alphas.

It's a seriously disturbing and unhealthy way to look at relationships

There's also some overlap between red pill and incels, although I'm pretty sure that red pillers would deny that because being incel isn't Alpha

[–]Cuckius_Maximus 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Cause I got to see jlaw's butthole.

[–]tony_sama 0 points1 point  (0 children)

pics or it didn't happen

[–]akira410 10 points11 points  (4 children)

The same thing happens every time a video game company makes a change. “Oh you spend your time on this!!!” You know they have multiple teams, right!? They can do multiple things at the same time. People are dumb.

[–]rjens 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Especially when there are more technically skilled employees and less technically skilled employees. The people making the seasonal loot crate skins and those making the servers not run like shit are probably not the same people.

[–]akira410 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yup. Exactly. Drives me crazy. i feel like no one has ever worked for a company before.

[–]IMadeThisJustForHHH 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yo video game fans are the fucking worst. These dudes took a Mathlab course in 2007 and think they can accurately guess about the exact managerial and development layout of whatever dev studio they are pissed about.

[–]cp5184 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Well, TBF they seem to have dropped on these guys like a ton of bricks.

All other crime under the FBI's jurisdiction? Not so much.

[–]DocBranhattan 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Between that, and the guys doing illegal searches, and the tactical teams murdering innocent people, shooting women with babies, and burning children to death, the FBI is pretty busy.

[–][deleted] 444 points445 points  (56 children)

I find it odd that one thing Reddit supports the most is online security, but there are several people who are okay with the mass hacking of several celebrities personal phones with private photos being released all over the internet because they got to masterbait to them. I'm sure the same people would be against their browser history being known to public though.

Oh and the FBI is made up of more than one person. They're capable of investigating many things at once.

[–]Codoro 246 points247 points  (13 children)

I think it's a combination of people wanting taboo porn and an underlying hatred of the rich/famous.

[–][deleted] 57 points58 points  (9 children)

aww. the old angry jerk. classic.

[–]turbulenceq 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Jerk being the operative word

[–]scuba156 7 points8 points  (4 children)

Also one of Donald Trumps nicknames.

[–][deleted] 7 points8 points  (3 children)

Isn't it shithole now? Or is that just when referring to his mouth.

[–]Boatsmhoes 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Good one!

[–]RealQuickPoint -1 points0 points  (1 child)

Mostly his properties

[–][deleted] -1 points0 points  (0 children)

I try and keep current you know.

[–]-CrestiaBell 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Redditor: Take that masturbates furiously

[–]AlmostAnal 10 points11 points  (1 child)

And also a general, "Look at this dumb slut putting her pictures out there. If they don't want this to happen they should have better security. I would neeeeeeever fall for that."

[–]cords55 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I would because I am a dumb slut. Luckily, for your sake and mine, I am not famous.

[–]badiozam 65 points66 points  (6 children)


I think you mean masturbate. Masterbait is the best kind of bait to use when angling.

[–]ArmbrustersBrewery 28 points29 points  (3 children)

And mass debate is what we're currently doing in this thread.

[–]Washuchan 7 points8 points  (0 children)

And watching two master debaters at work is a sight to behold.

EDIT - I hate autocorrect.

[–]Absolut_Iceland 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Plus if you have enough experience debating then you become a master debator.

[–]McFeely_Smackup 0 points1 point  (0 children)

and mass rebate is what Apple does when we find out they've bee slowing down phones.

[–]Postmaelstrom 18 points19 points  (1 child)

It's pretty basic, Invasion of Privacy is emphasized in sex crimes regardless of method or intent. Also, totally get not owning up to the child porn. That shit is 5 - 10 years... That's just in New Jersey.

At the federal level, this dude could get slammed with wire fraud which could get 20 years in prison and up to $1 million in fines. A federal investigation might not tie him to all of this, because they know there are more people involved, but I have zero doubt they'll use him to make an example. If there was a multi person operation, it'd be conspiracy and they'd go away for a long long time. My theory has always been that federal computer crimes are charged so heavily because they A) don't fully understand how to combat computers and B) because the potential damage done is so high.

Federal court motions process
How Federal Subpoenas Work

[–]misyo 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Boobies. The answer here is boobies.

and feeling they have a right to access women's bodies when they want

[–]Lawschoolfool 9 points10 points  (2 children)

There are also a higher number of people than usual trying to discredit the FBI these days.

[–]Sr_Mango 1 point2 points  (1 child)

These days?

[–]AlmostAnal 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yeah. Among the leadership of both parties there are people saying the FBI fucked with investigations into Trump.

Before it wss more of a fringe thing with more people just distrusting the FBI. Ruby Ridge and whatnot.

[–]ThrowawayEvilCorp 24 points25 points  (4 children)

People celebrate doxxing on this site to an uncomfortable degree, especially when it comes to politics. That practice should be illegal, it's always done to harm another person.

[–]CanteDulpepper 23 points24 points  (0 children)

Yeah some folks like porn more than security, shocker

[–]Indie__Guy 4 points5 points  (0 children)

My browser is like everyone elses filled with porn

[–]VegasKL 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Although I agree with the paradoxical views. IIRC, they didn't hack the phones. They exploited the iCloud and/or easy to guess passwords.

I think the issue is that society seems to think celebrities don't have rights to privacy, as the act of becoming famous seems to sign that away (not something I agree with). How else do shows like TMZ or the countless celeb-gossip mags/sites exist? By invading their privacy. If there was no audience, there'd be no paparazzi climbing trees.

[–]Jamesmo99 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I don't think anyone is 'okay' with this kind of invasion of privacy; Some just wish they lived in a country where the vulnerable and the poor are helped disproportionately more than the famous and wealthy, and tend to over-react when they see the opposite being true.

Its also when people notice the 'corporate' double standard: having Microsoft and Apple etc invade our privacy any time they want and no one gives a shit; but when a hacker violates those same privacies he ends up in jail.

[–]Lots42 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Important part. The people victimized in this incident were women, thus they are evil in the eyes of the Redpill Cult that infests reddit.

[–]PM_ME_YOUR_CLIT_LADY -5 points-4 points  (1 child)

Why can't the FBI investigate the NSA for spying on all of us? Oh right, "same team"

[–]AlmostAnal 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Well the NSA is only spying on non-citizens, therefore not in the purview of the FBI /s

[–]occupybostonfriend -1 points0 points  (0 children)

I find it odd that people are more concerned about random redditors rather than the power structures who basically have full access to zero day exploits and blackmailable information. If institutional power structures have access to this information it's only obvious that hackers can gain access

[–]Da_Apple_Jacks 205 points206 points  (18 children)

Hey. You. Turn back now. These comments are terrible.

[–]AmsterdamJockoFabong 15 points16 points  (3 children)

I'm here specifically for the insane and shitty comments.

[–]mugsybeans 1 point2 points  (1 child)

It's adventure for those who never wonder outside.

[–]AmsterdamJockoFabong 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Too true with this nasty stretch of weather in my locale lol

[–]-fno-stack-protector 1 point2 points  (0 children)

i'm here to make the insane and shitty comments. yw

[–]pig_killer -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Through me you pass into the city of woe:

Through me you pass into eternal pain:

Through me among the people lost for aye.

Justice the founder of my fabric mov'd:

To rear me was the task of power divine,

Supremest wisdom, and primeval love.

Before me things create were none, save things

Eternal, and eternal I endure.

All hope abandon ye who enter here.

[–]TerrytheMerry 88 points89 points  (32 children)

I will never understand this weird ass mentality that people deserve less or no justice because they’re famous. Yeah not everyone gets their justice, but some do. There is no reason to deny a celeb it just because they’re well known or successful.

[–]SsurebreC 43 points44 points  (10 children)

I think it's the inconsistency. For instance:

  • the famous/wealthy more often get justice for themselves while not being punished for breaking the law
  • this is compared to average people who often don't get justices for themselves while being punished for breaking the law

[–]Synackaon 2 points3 points  (9 children)

If we're really serious about holding the wealthy accountable, maybe we should tax them more...

[–]SsurebreC 4 points5 points  (0 children)

That's a separate topic.

[–]doomgiver45 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Yeah, okay. I'll just call up my wealthy representative and tell him that he needs to go after the people who funded his last six campaigns. Edit: and if he doesn't do it, I'll cast a vote in my (heavily) gerrymandered district and kick his ass right out of office.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Now if only Reddit could apply that same logic to rich people.

[–]Lots42 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Not fame, per se.

They're WOMEN.

This means Reddit's red pill cult will go after them.

[–]GreenCoatBlackShoes 6 points7 points  (5 children)

Can someone explain how he was caught? What kind of forensics would they use? Some deep type of packet analysis? What was to stop him from using multiple VPNs, and a high powered antenna for someone else's Wi-Fi or a internet cafe?

Always want to know how they are caught.

[–][deleted] 6 points7 points  (4 children)

I do forensics for law enforcement (not FBI though). Half the time the suspect just makes stupid mistakes, not covering their tracks well enough on exfil, and leaves enough for us to find out an IP, or a Tor exit node that the government runs, or similar.

[–]zionixt 2 points3 points  (3 children)

The gov owning an exit node shouldn’t be enough to figure out the original IP

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Happens at least once or twice a year for us. We send that on up to different agencies sometimes, and they usually have something they can go on if the exit node was compromised.

[–]zionixt 1 point2 points  (1 child)

That’s fascinating. I mean, shouldn’t the other 2 hops in the network prevent that? I thought it was designed so you’d need to own the entire chain to unmask someone.

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

On US government-run (or government-compromised) Tor exit nodes, much of the traffic is sniffed. Often, there's a vulnerability in whatever application a person is using to pass data through the node at a given time - whether it's the Tor browser itself, an outdated FTP client, etc. Using those vulns, agencies much higher up than us can reference traffic sniffed across a given time frame and get something back, whether that's an IP address, a chunk of unencrypted data, what-have-you. Sometimes we get nothing at all (if the person knew what they were doing), and sometimes we get a bunch, all depends on the circumstances.

That's why the Tor browser itself tries to encourage users very firmly to not mess around with the browser's settings and never use an outdated version - all in an effort to minimize bits of information being fed through the pipe that might identify the user, whether that be because of the user's stupidity or a vulnerability in the browser's code.

[–][deleted] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Phishing emails was how it was done? Dang I thought it was some fancy technical crap.

[–]Nemacolin 13 points14 points  (5 children)

This is the sort of crime that ought to get a long sentence. He did it even though he knew it was wrong. It was not a mistake. He did not do this to feed his family, he had no excuse. People thinking about doing this sort of thing can be deterred by giving this fellow a long stay in jail.

[–]cords55 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Long sentences as a deterrent has very quick diminshing returns. No one is thinking about committing a crime and going '10 years is okay, but 20 is way too much.' They just think they are smart enough to never get caught.

[–]Nemacolin 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I am sure you are right.

[–]JimmyJimmyJoeMack 2 points3 points  (1 child)

FBI still hasn’t found who uploaded the photos which is interesting, per the article.

[–]999mal 13 points14 points  (2 children)

Every top comment is just complaining about all the comments support the hackers.

[–]crash41301 97 points98 points  (81 children)

The fbi is still spending time on this? Goes to show you that when you attack the wealthy it's far more important than anyone else. Why isn't the fbi also investigating other revenge porn postings??

[–]user93849384 101 points102 points  (0 children)

Why isn't the fbi also investigating other revenge porn postings??

They probably are investigating other incidents. They leave cases open for years even if no new information is coming forward. It's possible this guy was responsible for something else and they linked him.

[–]vanishplusxzone 69 points70 points  (9 children)

Most revenge porn postings are personal and I'm pretty sure they're usually handled locally (like if your ex posts your nudes why would you need the FBI?). This was a bit different and a bit more large scale.

[–]Kyrblvd369 1 point2 points  (1 child)

How does a company like vivid and celebrities significant other could make money on porn? Did the guy with Paris Hilton not make a shit ton? How did they not get in trouble without her consent.

[–]vanishplusxzone 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Revenge porn laws are fairly recent I'm pretty sure. All she could do at the time was sue, which she did.

[–]khanfusion 4 points5 points  (3 children)

(like if your ex posts your nudes why would you need the FBI?)

The jurisdictional issues instantly become big enough for the FBI when the internet gets involved.

[–]vanishplusxzone 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Do you think so? Why?

[–]khanfusion 0 points1 point  (1 child)

... because the internet allows crimes of this sort to transcend local and state lines instantly. If someone hacks your computer and disseminates your info on the internet, it's going to be halfway around the world before you finish reading this sentence. Local police can't manage that kind of thing.

[–]vanishplusxzone -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

Well that's a bit different from what I said isn't it?

[–]Re-AnImAt0r 0 points1 point  (1 child)

you need the FBI for jurisdiction. Revenge porn videos/pictures are hosted on servers outside of the jurisdiction of your local law enforcement. Pornhub isn't going to remove a video because they get an email from someone claiming to be a Lt. in bumfuck county's sheriff department with no jurisdiction politely asking them to take videos down. They have no way to even verify you are who you say you are. You could be a Lt. in a podunk town's Sheriff's department or you could be the girl's brother or father who doesn't like his baby girl's video on the internet making up a story.

Unless you're a law enforcement agency who actually has jurisdiction to contact them in an official capacity, you're just spam going straight to the junk/spam folder.

Read up about some of the cases the FBI were involved in. Each I've read started at the local level. They were reported to the local authorities who then had to involve the FBI because local authorities have no jurisdiction to get anything done involving the internet, having servers remove the offending images from servers located out of state.

[–]vanishplusxzone 4 points5 points  (0 children)

The police don't issue those orders. Courts do. Do you really think pornhub ignores court orders just because the FBI isn't involved?

Sometimes they might also get cease and desist letters from a victim or a victim's lawyer. Do you also think pornhub is in the habit of ignoring those because they don't come from the FBI?

[–]ItsATempThing 28 points29 points  (0 children)

The answer is: they are. They and all other state Attorney General offices. It's this big thing. Those they catch just don't get highlighted as much because it's not flashy to the media. If some neckbeard at a desk is loading pictures of his average looking and not well-known ex-girlfriend to the internet, do you think the media would care to cover it?

[–]guplupy 172 points173 points  (14 children)

are you actually upset that theyre bringing people to justice for a major invasion of privacy lmao

[–]41145and6 5 points6 points  (12 children)

He's upset that it took offending the wealthy for justice to be pursued.

[–]AllezCannes 53 points54 points  (10 children)

Is there evidence that there are other massive hacks that did NOT offend the wealthy that the FBI didn't pursue?

[–]tripbin -1 points0 points  (4 children)

Havent heard anything come from "the snappening" where random peoples snap chats were hacked and leaked. Those contained CP too so youd think it woulda been of more concern but idk.

[–]Brobro1457 10 points11 points  (1 child)

The CP factor often leads those cases to be underreported. The FBI often honeypots and traps people to catch CP offenders, and many tomes this info isn’t given out to the media to protect the victims.

[–]tripbin 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That makes sense. I know the hack only affected people using a specific snap saving app so I wonder how easy it was to link the images to the original accounts.

[–]VivaFate 13 points14 points  (0 children)

But that isn't true

I don't wanna dump link after link but a quick Google would have cleared that up.

[–]kilo_bravo_three 60 points61 points  (11 children)

The FBI investigates, and the Justice Department prosecutes cases of revenge porn and hacking for non-wealthy, non-famous people all of the time.

Here’s a case from last month: http://www.thenewsstar.com/story/news/crime/2017/12/01/ruston-man-gets-2-years-posting-nude-pics-woman/914720001/

The reason you don’t hear about the cases is that very few people care because no celebrities are involved so there is little national news coverage.

I must ask: What is it like going though life so oblivious and ignorant of the world around you?

[–]portajohnjackoff 132 points133 points  (21 children)

My guess is they have to set an example since they can't go after all offenders. Going after the high profile cases has the most bang for the buck effect, visibility wise

[–]hesh582 83 points84 points  (0 children)

Also, lets not pretend like this was just some normal, run of the mill revenge porn posting.

Even removing the high profile victims from the equation, it was still a massive breach targeting over 100 people distributed to millions. That's a bit different from Joe Schmoe dumping pictures of his ex on some site nobody will see. The pictures were also hacked by strangers, which adds another dimension to it that grabs FBI interest. This was a hack, not just revenge porn. They also would have stolen texts, call logs, contacts lists, calendars, etc by compromising iCloud. The hacking bit is probably a much more significant criminal concern than the revenge porn bit - a group attempted to hack hundreds of personally targeted people is a big deal even if the reason for the hacking is petty.

There's a real interest in preventing large scale targeted hacks for nudes that doesn't really apply to stopping low level petty revenge porn motivated by a personal dispute.

[–]brimds 23 points24 points  (0 children)

Right because an article describing a single case the FBI is investigating implies they aren't investigating an entire class of cases.

[–]Califia1 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Maybe they are, but those don't get an article, because who cares about two random individuals? This is only getting attention from the press because celebrities and rich people were involved.

[–]VivaFate 2 points3 points  (0 children)

A quick Google for FBI revenge porn backs that

[–]_OldBay 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Why do you think they don't investigate other revenge porn cases? Lol

[–]NotsoGreatsword 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Who says they aren't?

[–]-Mopsus- 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Why isn't the fbi also investigating other revenge porn postings??

I just recently read about some guy getting arrested for posting his ex's nudes on a revenge porn image board. Just because it isn't making national news doesn't mean it isn't happening.

[–]foreverpsycotic 1 point2 points  (1 child)

The FBI probably wants to bring them in to find out how they cracked into peoples iClouds. The conviction is a secondary goal.

[–]DOZENS_OF_BUTTS 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Find out how? Did you read the article? It was phishing emails made to look like they came from Apple's security department.

[–]ComicalKumquat 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Bro... They are. They don’t have to announce to the public that they’re doing something in order for them to actually be doing it.

[–]PartyboobBoobytrap 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's an "investigation", so yes.

If your daughter was famous, and this happened, and you called the FBI and they laughed at you, then maybe you would understand celebs are people too, asshole.

This is LITERALLY their job ffs.

[–]ErikaLight 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Can we lock this thread. Holy fuck

[–]ISISbetterthantrump 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Fourth fappening? There were multiple fappenings?

[–][deleted] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

One fappening, multiple "hackers". They caught the fourth one.

[–][deleted] -4 points-3 points  (0 children)

These guys gotta be asking themselves "was it worth it?"