VPN Use Did Not Hide Cyber Abuser Who Is Now Charged With Federal Crime

Back in 2013 when I was bombarded with vile, harassing comments sent to my other blog through proxy IP addresses, I learned that those sites are hosted by companies that provide server computers.

I also learned that although some promise that those using the proxy IP address service will not be traceable, that is not true.  Users enter the site through an IP address that is generally the one provided by their internet service provider.  Law enforcement has authority to obtain the logs that provide online fingerprints.

This case is similar where a man assumed that his use of VPN’s would hide him online as he went about violating laws.

(Boston, Ma 100617) Courtroom sketch of Ryan Lin (center) and his attorney Francis Doran (R), in the Moakley Federal Court House. Judge is David Hennessy. October 6, 2017 Sketch by Jane Flavell Collins

Ryan Lin of Massachusetts used VPN services, an encrypted email service and Tor to conceal his identity.  He hacked into his targeted victim’s email account and sent emails to others, which is called “spoofing”.  Through spoofing email, he also made bomb threats to local schools.

Documents by authorities use the name “Smith” in reference to the target victim  to keep her identity anonymous.  For over a year, local police investigated Smith’s crimes.  Then they called in the FBI for assistance. The trail of evidence led to Ryan Lin.

Ryan Lin rented a room in a house with Smith and her roommates.  Subsequently, he gained access to Smith’s personal devices.  Smith did not have a lock on her door and did not password protect her computer.  According to Smith, Lin was such a bad roommate that she moved out two months after Lin moved in.

The FBI got a hold of Lin’s old work computer.  Google Chrome artifacts detailed that it was Lin who sent bomb threats against local schools and that Lin was using VPN’s on his work computer.

According to an FBI criminal complaint and accompanying affidavit published by the U.S. Department of Justice, 24 year-old Ryan Lin is accused of harassing and cyber-stalking Smith.  He carried out his dirty work between April 2016 and his arrest on October 5, 2017. Continue reading

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U.S. Court of Appeals For 11th Circuit Upholds 10-Year Sentence For Cyberstalker

He lived in Tallahassee, Florida, attended Syracuse University and has a master’s degree in business administration from Florida State University.  He also took pleasure in using the internet to ruin the lives of others.

Michael Daniel Rubens

In March 2016, Michael Daniel Rubens was 31-years old when he was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison, a $15,000 fine, and $1,550 in restitution.  What was his crime?  Cyberstalking, unauthorized access to protected computer and aggravated identity theft.

Rubens publicly humiliated dozens of young women by hacking into their online accounts and stealing photographs and other personal information.  Rubens’ went as far as creating pornographic images, posting them on social media websites.

Rubens used proxy IP addresses to do most of his dirty work.  The investigation included the assistance of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, the Florida State University Police Department, and the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. Continue reading

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Proposed Bill In The U.S. Congress Will Make Doxing A Federal Crime

Cross-posted from We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident

In case you’re unfamiliar with doxing, it is term that describes using the internet to search for and obtain the personal information of others, and to post it publicly on the internet with the intent to threaten, intimidate, harass or incite the commission of a crime of violence against a person or a member of the immediate family of that person.

Some states consider doxing to fall under stalking laws and include an intent to cause the person doxed extreme emotional distress.  In fact, in some prosecuted cases of cyberstalking, the victim’s personal information can be the personal knowledge of the perpetrator who posts it publicly on the internet for a malicious purpose.

The personal information that is publicly posted does not have to be accurate.  In fact, it can be for someone totally different, which can then lead to civil lawsuits for defamation and identity theft. Doxing has become a serious problem in the United States.

There is a current federal statute for protecting individuals performing certain official duties from having their personal information and that of their families made publicly available.  The statute is 18 U.S.C. § 119.  It makes it a federal crime to make publicly available the Social Security number, home address, home phone number, mobile phone number, personal email, or home fax number of, and identifiable to, restricted personnel.

The federal statute defines restricted personnel as a grand or petit juror, witness, officer in or of any court of the United States, or an officer who may be, or was, serving at any examination or other proceeding before any United States magistrate judge or other committing magistrate; an informant or witness in a Federal criminal investigation or prosecution; or a State or local officer or employee whose restricted personal information is made publicly available because of the participation in, or assistance provided to, a Federal criminal investigation by that officer or employee.  Family members are also protected under the statute.

I’ve often wondered why our federal government does not seem to believe that all citizens want the same protection and the right to be let alone.  Maybe that will change soon. Continue reading

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Florida Woman Sentenced To 22 Months In Prison For Cyberstalking

On January 3, 2017, the FBI reported how they resolved a case of cyberstalking, resulting in Kassandra Cruz of Miami, Florida being sentenced to 22 months in prison.

According to the FBI’s website, the messages sent by Cruz were relentless.  They came by texts, phone calls, and on social media posts to a woman in the state of California.

Fifteen years ago when the victim was an 18-year old high school student, she made a bad decision to do pornography films.  It was something she kept hidden from her family and employers.

Kassandra Cruz found the pornography website and tracked down the actress through her social media accounts.  Cruz even impersonated being a man, a Marine, to send the victim friend requests. Continue reading

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Defamation on Social Media and Spreading Rumors

Countries sit at the negotiation table to discuss how they can bring peace between themselves.

Arbitrators sit at the arbitration table to discuss the merits of cases so parties can avoid going to trial.

Mediators sit at the mediation table to discuss bringing resolve to matters of disagreement.

Lawyers from opposing sides sit down and discuss how to settle cases to avoid spending years in litigation.

All of these situations are enemies coming together to negotiate resolution of problems between them.

But, I have been accused of being a traitor for trying to negotiate a peace treaty to stop harassment.

In the video at the end of this post, attorney David Allen explains a case involving defamation on social media.  This important subject gives me opportunity to address a recent major misunderstanding.

If you have followed the posts on this blog, then you might be familiar with some of the names and people and their actions.  If not, here is a summary;

In October 2015, a person reached out to me because he and others became aware that a subpoena was issued to Twitter in a case in the State of Georgia.  The parties issuing that subpoena are known as “The Bells.”   They filed a cross-complaint alleging that the mother of deceased Kendrick Johnson used “authorized agents” on social media who use the words “murdered,” and “murderers” thereby defaming the Bells.

The subpoena included the handles of 23 individuals, and requested their account information, including their IP addresses.  Subsequently, the ACLU filed for leave to file an Amici brief in that case and the Bells filed a document that they were not going to compel Twitter to comply with the subpoena.

There is a thread here.  Please bear with me. Continue reading

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Alabama Man Charged With Aggravated Stalking and Cyber Stalking

People have the right to privacy, and they have the right to not have their peace disturbed.  When their privacy and/or peace are violated, it can lead to criminal charges as we see in this case.

Sean Michael Vest

NPR reports that in January 2017, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office arrested 31-year old Sean Michael Vest on 15 counts of aggravated stalking and cyber-stalking.  The alleged harassment occurred between December 16, 2016 and the time that Vest was arrested in January.  The Sheriff then began looking for more alleged victims in a complex cyber-stalking case.

According to Pensacola News Journal, in the six weeks following his arrest, 32 alleged victims have come forth, and the number of counts against Vest increased to 26.

Vest represented himself as ‘”Mr. Pervert.”  He used a series of harassing text messages and phone calls to several women by pulling their public photos off social media.  He did that through all hours of the day and night.  Deputy Amber Bernard is leading the investigation and stated about Vest’s actions;

 “He then used these photos on some sexual dating websites, along with some graphic images and graphic content.”

Vest is also accused of collecting photographs of victims, including children, from social media sites and selling them to sexual websites.  Continue reading

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Cyber Abuser’s Petition For Injunction Dismissed

The photo to the left is that of the man who has viciously harassed and threatened me since November 23, 2015.  His name is Santiago C. Rodriguez.  He formerly lived in Alhambra, California and on information and belief, currently resides in Orange County, California.  If you’ve followed this blog or that of supabutterfly, then you know some of what he has done to harass and threaten me, including using another person to do the same.

In May 2014, Santiago asked to be a writer for my blog, We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident.  His first post was not until September 2014 and 11 posts later, on the evening of November 22, 2015, I cancelled Santiago’s writer’s privileges for several reasons.

On the morning of November 23, 2015, Santiago let me know that he was furious.   Based on his emails, he was angry because I had not, did not, and would not believe his misrepresentations; had refused his methodology of attempting to take control of my blogs; and a host of other madness that accumulated over the previous 10 months.  He construed every single post on this blog as material written about a case he is involved in.  He wanted them deleted which based on his perception, would require me to delete this entire blog.

I asked Santiago to leave me, my friends, and my son alone.  He did not.  I blocked his email address.  He emailed me from another email address.  I blocked his phone number.  I received calls from California from phone numbers I did not recognize and did not answer.  I placed his IP address in the blacklist queue.  He submitted comments to this blog by signing-in through his Twitter account.

In March 2016, I sent Santiago a cease and desist.  He agreed, but continued in stealth by emailing and direct messaging others on Twitter with the same disparaging and doxed information that he claims is my personal information.

Several times, I asked Santiago’s attorney, Richard Lubetzky of Los Angeles, CA., to instruct Santiago to leave me alone.   I had known attorney Lubetzky for about 15 years, and was the person who referred Santiago to him.  In November, 2016, I put that in writing, asking attorney Lubetzky to instruct Santiago to leave me, my friends, and my son alone.

But Santiago has not stopped.

The following is the background that Santiago used to have on his protected Twitter account.  Please notice the profile.  “BB7” is an acronym for Blackbutterfly7, which is the URL for We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident.  Also, My Twitter handle is @XenaBb7.  There is no mistake that the visualization used by Santiago is directed at me.

Expounding on his imagery of shooting in the head with bloody butterflies coming out, on March 2, 2017, Santiago posted the following gif on his public Twitter account.

In January 2017, Santiago changed the handle on his protected account and the following was his background and a profile stating, “I am going to hurt you Really really bad.”

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Sex Offenders Challenge Law To Not Use The Internet

The introduction to the below video says:

“Attorney David Allen discusses a case which is headed to the US Supreme Court. He provides insight to the various arguments as to why a sex offender should be prevented from using social media as well as those arguments in favor of allowing the predator to use social media. The US federal court system is dealing with these cases in various ways.”

Taking interest in this, I looked to see what is happening in Illinois.  In October 2016, the highest court in the State of Illinois upheld a law that requires sex offenders to disclose information about their internet identities and websites.

In a unanimous decision authored by Justice Charles E. Freeman, the Illinois Supreme Court held that a provision of the Sex Offender Registration Act survived First Amendment scrutiny because it bolsters the government’s interest in protecting the public without restricting more speech than necessary.

In an 18-page opinion, the court discussed a handful of federal district courts who have found similar statutes unconstitutional and wrote that although sex offender laws can have “a lasting and painful effect” on those they regulate, those consequences stem from the convictions rather than forced disclosure of their personal information.

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Fourteen Year Old Charged With Cyber-harassment and Ethnic Intimidation

After an approximate 3-month investigation, a 14-year-old Northampton, PA student has been charged with cyber harassment and ethnic intimidation.  The 14-year old took a video of a 16-year old student eating lunch and posted it on Snapchat.  The 14-year old is White.  The 16-year old is Black.

Northampton County District Attorney, John Morganelli, said of the video;

“I reviewed the video today and I find it to be highly offensive and reprehensible. It depicts the 16-year-old minding his own business eating chicken wings while the 14-year-old records him and narrates it by describing the scene as ‘a N-word eating chicken.’

“The video demeans the 16-year-old with numerous uses of the N-word and references to being broke and on welfare. As bad as that is, the 14-year-old published the offensive video on social media including Snapchat that was viewed by numerous students as well as the 16-year-old male, …”

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Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli at a news conference on Jan. 3, 2017. (Rudy Miller)

However, the District Attorney did not know of the video until after the 16-year old Black student was arrested and charged with simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct.  That’s because while at a football game attended by both student, the Black student retaliated by opening a can of whoop-ass on the 14-year old.

Neither teen has been publicly identified by authorities.

D.A. Morganelli will allow the 14-year-old to seek an “informal adjustment” in juvenile court. If he completes the probationary requirements, he will not be charged with the crimes.

The 16-year old Black student will also be allowed an “informal adjustment.”  Morganelli said the black student had previously been the subject of discrimination from a group of students calling themselves “the rednecks.” He said he had a confederate flag thrown on him when he transferred to the school from out of state. Continue reading

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