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Pirate TVShack Staff "Snitches" for FBI

TVShack Staff in U.S. Worked With Feds To Nail Richard O’Dwyer

Ernesto, 11 August 2012




The ongoing extradition battle of former TVShack admin Richard O’Dwyer has made big headlines recently, particularly due to the support he’s receiving from Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales. What hasn’t received any attention is how O’Dwyer came to be identified and have evidence collected against him by U.S. authorities in the first instance.

Perhaps unsurprisingly considering the developments in the SurfTheChannel case, two people O’Dwyer appears to have trusted were working with ICE Homeland Security Investigations in the United States prior to the British student’s arrest.

The revelations appear in U.S. court documents which reference the activities of two individuals named “CC-1″ and “CC-2″. CC-1 worked as a moderator on TVShack while CC-2 worked on technical aspects of the site.

CC-1 told Special Agent Marcello Di Laura of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) that he communicated with O’Dwyer on email and MSN via the address [email protected], an address also linked to O’Dwyer’s Facebook page. CC-1, who received his TVShack login as far back as December 2007, gave HSI a copy of at least one email showing O’Dwyer’s Hotmail address, but he was to provide much more information.

CC-1 said that O’Dwyer lived and attended school in the UK and used the alias “Duffman” on TVShack. He also shared a picture given to him by O’Dwyer which showed the TVShack admin’s Mini Cooper. HSI inquiries with UK police confirmed that O’Dwyer owned such a car.

CC-2, who worked on the technical side of TVShack, was also very helpful to U.S. authorities. He too confirmed that O’Dwyer used the Hotmail account detailed above but also used a second Gmail account. CC-2 shared emails from that account with HSI which allowed them to cross-reference another website domain to O’Dwyer. This domain led to a second Gmail account and Google subsequently provided HSI with information including IP addresses cross-referenced to the first Gmail account.

According to the documents, O’Dwyer was aware that having a Gmail account might lead to his details being handed over to the authorities by Google. In September 2010 he wrote the following to CC-2:

hi, i’m looking to change the site email address from gmail as i think govt. can access that right? can you setup like [email protected]? also make it so i can reply without my ip going with the mail i reply to? atm i dont reply to any emails on the gmail account due to that.

But in addition to working with and getting paid by O’Dwyer, CC-2 was already working with HSI.

O’Dwyer allegedly owed CC-2 money for work he’d carried out on TVShack but had experienced some kind of problem with the bank. O’Dwyer told CC-2 he’d have to use PayPal to make the transfer – HSI were informed and Special Agent Marcello Di Laura told CC-2 to go ahead and accept the money. Subsequent HSI inquiries with PayPal revealed connections between several accounts allegedly operated by O’Dwyer.

Even though they are listed as O’Dwyer’s co-conspirators, court documents reveal that CC-1 and CC-2 worked with ICE Homeland Security Investigations with the aim of entering into “non-prosecution agreements” with the U.S. government. Whether they will walk away from this free men remains to be seen, but there is no indication thus far that either man has been charged with anything.
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I had read this earlier. Most sites that are concerned with security and wanna lock their sites down have one minor problem. That problem is that it is assumed that those already there, especially the staff, are trustworthy and beyond doubt. Herein, is the problem of limiting outsiders coming in.

The staff or member already there when new security tightening happens is believed to be safe. In that sense, that known member will always pass the security devices put in place. He belongs there. But what you can not do, is look on the other end to see if everything is still the same. When there is an issue with penetration, the legal forces, hunt a victim where they want to get info on. Once found, it is not hard to find something to pin on him. After that, convincing him it will all go away for him if he helps out the legal arm allows them what they seek.

Don't be surprised that a couple of his close-ins turned evidence. It always comes down to you or him, when looking for the way in. That's how it's played.

It is also a very standard answer when asked if the regular members will have grief over it to leave it hanging without an answer. The purpose is to make everyone feel guilty.
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