Revenge website shut down by anti-bullying site

IsAnyoneUp.com has been described by many as a "revenge porn" web site. Launched a year ago, the site allowed people to post sometimes very compromising photos of their ex-lovers for anyone on the Internet to see. Now, ABC News reports that the owner of the site has sold the domain name to an anti-bullying website called Bullyville.com

Hunter Moore, the creator of IsAnyoneUp.com, bragged before this week that he was a "professional life ruin-er" by launching the site. He also claimed that the site generated 5 million hits a month and advertising revenues of between $20,000 to $30,000 a month.

However, James McGibney, the founder of BullyVille.com, said he wanted to try to shut down IsAnyoneUp.com because of reports that some people who had their pictures uploaded by others had later committed suicide. McGibney said he talked to Moore and later convinced Moore to sell the domain name to McGibney for an undisclosed amount.

The site itself has now been shut down and the domain name URL now redirects to Bullyville.com, which was just set up last week to help others deal with real bullies. Moore now says, "People didn't see me as a human being before but I got to a position now where I can actually help people without the site."

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Why is this bullying at all? I mean, the names of each person was never written. That being said, cant this guy just open a new domain and have this hosting redirect to that new domain?

If he does this guy is smart as hell Bullycrap must have paid a ******** of money to sell the domain.

Try Web Archives
Not brill though.

I sort of enjoy finding sites like this to use as a comparison of how different people act, not as a stalker thank you.

why shouldn't a site like this not be legal? Look at Neowin for example or any forum. It's so easy to intimidate or troll another person that if you really want to avoid it then stand up for yourself and stay off the internet. The worst site like this that exists is Facebook, but I don't see it getting forced to shut down.

sava700 said,
why shouldn't a site like this not be legal? Look at Neowin for example or any forum. It's so easy to intimidate or troll another person that if you really want to avoid it then stand up for yourself and stay off the internet. The worst site like this that exists is Facebook, but I don't see it getting forced to shut down.

Where I don't agree that this is "bullying" at all. Your example doesn't work here, at all.. People choose to sign up on Facebook, Neowin, etc.. knowing the "risks" if you want to call them that, of being harassed or bullied.

This website on the other hand allowed anyone to post pictures of exes they were trying to get back at. The "ex" or whoever it was, had no say, and no choice in the matter., whereas you do with signing yourself up, to an online forum/venue.

Why even bother, and why just this one site. A simple google search will surely show that this one of many web sites that all do the same thing.

It should be noted that if you do the search for these sites, that you have a 99.99% chance of being taken to a NSFW site if you click on those links.

Condere said,
Why even bother, and why just this one site.

Great attitude to have. You gotta start somewhere. One site shut down is still better than none.

Its a little weird that all personal attacks and humiliation is now coming under the word "bullying". To bully means to intimidate people to get your way, not just to act like an a**hole.

brianshapiro said,
Its a little weird that all personal attacks and humiliation is now coming under the word "bullying". To bully means to intimidate people to get your way, not just to act like an a**hole.

I think the point is that people that know the people uploaded have been bullying them over it - hence the suicides.

Never heard of this site until today. I agree with it being shut down however, I disagree with the attention this shut down has got in the press and in particular, the disclosure of money made per month. This attention has potentially increased demand/requests/posts for similar sites. At the end of the day its the Internet and therefore, something else will replace it for the "lulz" and revenue.

SirEvan said,
people that immature that they need to publish photos of ex's on the net? People need to grow up.

I agree, they should play it smart like me, who has an ex trying to become a ford model.... That is when you release the pictures, to the press, for $. Gawd.

(I kid)

Edited by Perfect72, Apr 20 2012, 5:57pm :

Zappa859 said,

I agree, they should play it smart like me, who has an ex trying to become a ford model.... That is when you release the pictures, to the press, for $. Gawd.

(I kid)

HAHA! Thanks for the laugh. lol

ctrl_alt_delete said,
should in turn shut down this anti-bullying site for bullying the revenge site into shutting down. -__-

doesn't work like that. The site doing the bullying is wrong. Bullying is wrong. Would you say the same thing if the site being shut down was a site about child porn, abusing women, animals, etc? I don't think so.

SirEvan said,

doesn't work like that. The site doing the bullying is wrong. Bullying is wrong. Would you say the same thing if the site being shut down was a site about child porn, abusing women, animals, etc? I don't think so.


Of course you wouldn't say anything about those sites being shut down. Because it wouldn't be ironic. It's ironic that an anti-bullying site has bullied another site into shutting down.

M_Lyons10 said,
Wow. I never heard of this site. I can't believe this would even be legal...?

I'd never heard of it either, but I guess it's illegal in the same sense that facebook and google are illegal for not deleting personal information, no-one with enough money bothers to persue it.

n_K said,

I'd never heard of it either, but I guess it's illegal in the same sense that facebook and google are illegal for not deleting personal information, no-one with enough money bothers to persue it.

The difference is with one, you accept the terms and have to click a button to submit the personal information. With the other, you have no say whether is goes public - I'm sure that some of the photos uploaded were also taken without permission to make it worse. So I'm not sure if its the same laws or not, I would guess not.

ShMaunder said,

The difference is with one, you accept the terms and have to click a button to submit the personal information. With the other, you have no say whether is goes public - I'm sure that some of the photos uploaded were also taken without permission to make it worse. So I'm not sure if its the same laws or not, I would guess not.

That's my thinking too. I imagine most of the people that allowed revealing pictures to be taken of them did so for their ex's viewing only, not to be published on some website. Honestly, I'm surprised the news we heard about this website wasn't a lawsuit or Government investigation. LOL

M_Lyons10 said,
Wow. I never heard of this site. I can't believe this would even be legal...?

Having perused the site at one time in the past when it first came up, I do believe some of the posts were not taken by the posters themselves but culled from elsewhere are the internet.

I have a friend who LOVES to search around the web and find photos that people "mistakenly" upload to very public and openly available galleries on Flickr, Picasa, etc, etc, etc. Having had the opportunity to watch him at work, I must say that at least in the past that some people out there really had no clue about security settings as they posted full on totally hardcore porn shots of themselves to Flickr for example.

Condere said,

Having perused the site at one time in the past when it first came up, I do believe some of the posts were not taken by the posters themselves but culled from elsewhere are the internet.

I have a friend who LOVES to search around the web and find photos that people "mistakenly" upload to very public and openly available galleries on Flickr, Picasa, etc, etc, etc. Having had the opportunity to watch him at work, I must say that at least in the past that some people out there really had no clue about security settings as they posted full on totally hardcore porn shots of themselves to Flickr for example.

Oh good grief...

Just went to Flickr and spammed the refresh button looking at newly updated photos and sure enough found someone's naughty bit in a publicly viewed gallery. Now, all someone would have to do is a little extra leg work with the account, and you may be able to track down their e-mail account and further on down to Facebook or something else.

Which leads me to a personal favorite past-time killer of mine. Dig up those Anonymous/Lulz hacker porn database data dumps, and see how many of those e-mails are linked to Facebook. One thing that I never tried was the password linked to those e-mail accounts in the database dumps, but who here wants to guess how many of those passwords would work with their Facebook account too?

M_Lyons10 said,

Oh good grief...

Never assume that everyone else on this planet is smart. I don't know if you work in IT, but as someone who is, you'd be amazed at what people do and put on a computer. EVEN a work PC.

Condere said,
One thing that I never tried was the password linked to those e-mail accounts in the database dumps, but who here wants to guess how many of those passwords would work with their Facebook account too?

Trololo-enjoy prison.

n_K said,

Trololo-enjoy prison.

Never said I did it (try passwords).

Additionally, it's not like I am the brainstorm behind it. There was actually an article somewhere about it because people were using the info to out other people. I then remember people in the comments section of that web site to dig through the list and post very amusing/interesting/whatever link to the accounts.

Trying to dig up the article from however long ago, if I can at all.

Not the one I remember, but here is something referring to it.
http://techie-buzz.com/online-...words-change-passwords.html

Which leads me back to some of my other statements. Sites like this one that has posted pics, may and certainly has/had pictures put up on the web who simply have no clue what dangerous situations they are doing by people who are way too devious and smart.

OK, to further attempt to pull the foot from my mouth in so much as can be done on the internet.

Here is the gist of what happened awhile back.

Stories come out about Lulzsec data dumping porn site usernames and password, and people using those e-mail addresses and passwords to log into other sites.

In the comments section of a news/tech site of one of these stories, people starting posting e-mail accounts that linked to Myspace/Facebook/LinkedIn/etc.

What was "interesting" was when Joe.Schmo@gmail.com linked to Reverand Joe Schmo's Facebook account in South Caroline. Then the jokes would pour in about someone needing to repent.

So, if it's damning and wrong to take ONLY the e-mail account name and paste it into the Facebook search field and have it return a result asking you if you want to "friend" them, well guilty.

No where did I use passwords, EVER.

Condere said,

Having perused the site at one time in the past when it first came up, I do believe some of the posts were not taken by the posters themselves but culled from elsewhere are the internet.

I have a friend who LOVES to search around the web and find photos that people "mistakenly" upload to very public and openly available galleries on Flickr, Picasa, etc, etc, etc. Having had the opportunity to watch him at work, I must say that at least in the past that some people out there really had no clue about security settings as they posted full on totally hardcore porn shots of themselves to Flickr for example.


yeah you're right.. there are some dutch sites (Xseno.nl) etc where you can vote for pictures of girls (and boys) and the one with loads of votes get free cash.. etc etc..

So you know what will happen... Disaster is lurking around the corner with creeps hiding behind every step etc.

And there are a lot of those sites on the internet,,, where people think its safe.. until something bad happens.