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Originally posted by Whyhi
reply to post by sirdumpsalot
Calm down there DUDE...
Originally posted by Enrikez
Here is a link to a forum with people who are playing this ARG.
If you are interested in playing, I suggest you start here:
All the drama in one easy to read timeline!
Credit goes to user Nighthawk on forums.unfiction.net
K, for those that are wondering what the hell has gone on, here's a timeline of events. I'm sure I missed a thing or two, but tried to make sure the focal points are there. If anyone has anything to add to this list, and can prove it (we have physical, documented support for everything on this list), let me know privately.
- The "trailhead" is posted on unFiction
- I admit I wasn't following it at this point much, but my understanding was that a request for a private forum was made (either through Twitter or Facebook; don't know which).
- A unFiction regular creates the "Sisters and Brothers" forum, on which the PMs can post freely.
- On said forums, PMs insist that we do not talk about game content on unFiction. In the same post, PMs release my name and the name of two others, labeling us "cowards" and "the enemy". It is not well received.
- I "retaliate" with an IN GAME response on the private forums. At this point, I was playing a personna to match their "in game" request.
- I am blocked from Junko's personal profile on Facebook.
- PM signs up as "Junko Junsui" on the 5/8 forums and begins to exchange words with the participants there. She is not well received. These exchanges include, among other things, (1) stating the entire population of 5/8 is "tainted by alcohol", and (2) posting the personal information and image of two prominent members of the forum without consent, mocking one of them and their personal photo from another website.
- PMs release the name of another player (one that frequents the 5/8 forums) publicly, direct posting it on 4chan, essentially asking that they deal with the situation.
- As a result of said attacks, and because of the PMs obscurity, a full investigation by myself and others begins in order to identify who the offending PM is. It is discovered that the PM is a Patrick Marckesano of Homeostatic.net, and this project has been in the planning stages for over two years.
- The "Alfa-Tsentr" page on Wikipedia is proven to be fraudulent and is removed by Wikipedia censors.
- We open communications via email with Patrick. Some of the initial emails appear "in game", with him stating that he's fearing for his life and that he was in danger. In my last of direct correspondence with him (on or about the 17th of August) he states that he was going to "disappear for a while" and "get away from all this."
- A new domain appears (junkojunsui.com), posted by one of the prominent members at 5/8, essentially outs the PMs and posts all META information on them and their project plans. It elaborates on the fact that this project is apparently to promote some sort of fashion industry product.
- PM suggests on an open Facebook thread that "enemy" sites, 5/8 and the above domain specifically, should be attacked in order to stop this disinformation.
- There is attempt to HACK the above domain using a brute force/dictionary attack through SSH. They make over 100 attempts in the matter of a few hours. This is all well documented and from a specific IP address. Note that this is in violation of Federal law.
- Despite saying that he was "disappearing for a while", the hack attempt and all in game emails are linked back to one IP address, which happens to be the same address the PM used in "in game" and "out of game" conversations with me and others. It is also the same IP address used to register Junko Junsui on the 5/8 forums.
- PM is banned from 5/8 for violating site terms of service (the official reason is that they were "advertising") and for threatening users there.
- Another domain appears (showpages.net), on which there is a Flash that direct connects to the back end feed hosted at iMediaSee. Upon analysis of the Flash, it essentially mirrors the functionality of the page behind the fake Google page.
- A 5/8 administrator posts a semi-comical animation on their forums. Note that the animation is, although having sexual references, not directly explicit and within the bounds of their own terms of service.
- PM re-registers on 5/8 with an assumed name (using the same IP address), which also violates 5/8 terms of service.
- PM posts an open request on Facebook, directly linking to the aforementioned 5/8 thread, asking 4chan to once again deal with the situation.
- Offending image is removed from 5/8, mainly out of fear of repercussions due to 4chan's involvement.
- PM proceeds to thank the members of 4chan, forming an alliance with them.
- PM states on another Facebook thread that the $38 T-shirts are meant to cover the cost of bandwidth expenses. In the same post, they openly admit to bank fraud by stating they had to "...steal from the Khozain account many more thousands."
- PM asks for a private chat room to be set up so he can talk to his "followers". They demand that they are given admin rights to control, and potentially censor, anyone who may visit. They furthermore do not want the chat information to be made public for "security reasons." If it posted on any other forums, those people will not be permitted in the chat.
...and that's where we stand.
Also of note are the following actions, which I have not confirmed:
- Terrorist threats being reported to Russian and American authorities.
- The domain "shestirs.com" being reported to GoDaddy for fraudulent WHOIS information. NOTE: If that is the case and GoDaddy confirms it, the domain will be lost, without recourse or appeal, for ONE FULL YEAR.