IP Addresses Tied to Revenge Porn Forum Traced to U.S. Senate Offices

January 12, 2018
OAN Newroom

Less than a year after a revenge porn scandal hit the U.S. Marine Corps, computers registered to the federal government are allegedly being used to swap illegal nude photographs.

While U.S. senators have been pushing for a bill to combat unauthorized sharing of a person’s intimate photos, some senators may have been pushing send on the forums that host them.

According to information shared with the Daily Beast, IP addresses associated with the federal government have been traced to a forum known as Anon-IB.

Logo of the photo-sharing forum. (Nairalaw/Photo)

The forum serves as a medium for users to trade nude photographs of others like baseball cards, without the subject’s consent.

In 2017 an investigation on the Marine Corps began after a group of male Marines was discovered swapping photos of their female peers online.

New data indicates computers tied to the Navy, Senate, Department of Energy, and the Executive Office of the President may be tied to Anon-IB accounts.

As recently as November, an IP address registered to the U.S. Senate was used to comment on a photo of a D.C. woman requesting Anon-IB users find and post nude photos of her.

Victims of the website’s practices have begun to speak out publicly.

“The photos that are on there from five or six years ago were not posed, they weren’t meant for the internet, and they were meant for somebody who I thought I trusted,” said one victim.

Posting of such photos has been made illegal by both the Navy and the Marine Corps, as well as in 35 states which includes D.C.

The potential Senate bill regarding the matter has garnered support from Facebook and Twitter.

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  • Pezgun

    So somebody’s been hitting the porn trading sites from Senator’s addresses. It could be the Senators. If so all I can say is: What ignoramuses. They come off as so technically challenged they probably can’t even spell Vee Pee Enn. Doubtful ethics and questionable moral vaues aside, as competent politicians they should have known better than to let this happen.
    It’s also possible someone accessed their equipment and used it to post from their address. With their proven reckessness in handling email, it’s not hard to believe they’d click a link in one that installed malware which in turn allowed someone to post porn from their address.
    Either way, they’ll be eager to keep this quiet so don’t expect to hear much more about it.

  • JCAK

    Sigh which Democrat Senators this time?

  • Bob

    I have an idea. Why not NEVER allow photos of your nude body to be taken? Just sayin…

  • Linda Griffin

    People who allow photos such as this should have their heads examined. Anybody today who can use a computer knows that they are not private.

    • DCBlueBlood

      Especially with Russians trying find anything for Trump to blackmail others with! Putin loves Trump!

      Blackmail is Blackmail / what’s Putin got on The Trump Family!??!

      • Linda Griffin

        If you have something to say, write it on your own post. Don’t reply to my comments with stupid remarks. There is nothing about what I wrote that pertains to the Russians or Trump.

    • Impaler

      I say take more nude photos. I like them.

  • DCBlueBlood

    Let’s see if Republican Putin lovers actually do something about this!

    Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) is demanding that Attorney General Jeff Sessions brief members of Congress on the steps that the Trump administration has taken to counter Russian hackers, following reports that a Moscow-linked espionage group has been targeting the U.S. Senate.

    Cybersecurity firm Trend Micro said Friday that “Pawn Storm,” also known as Fancy Bear or APT 28, had set up phishing sites mimicking the Senate’s internal email system in hopes of pilfering users’ credentials.

  • DCBlueBlood

    Russian hackers have been targeting the Senate.

    Step aside Republicans – you keep licking Putin’s condom after it’s been in between Trump’s butt cheeks. Let democrats handle the Cyber Security – Redneckistan is to busy drinking beer and groping 14 year olds in between reading their bibles.

    Groups called “Fancy Bear” and a June report talks about a new hacking group called “Pawn Storm”

    Move aside Cons let real Americans take charge! All you want to protect is your Bama Pedophiles and Neo-Nazis.

    • MrReality

      That’s right you deplorable Cons ! …. Let real Americans like Weinstein, Spacek, Lauer, Conyers, and Franken take charge!

  • Varangian Guard

    All congressional machines belong to the people, not the federal employees and elected officials.
    I can’t see how this differs from the corporate laptop and phone I’m issued by my employer.
    I’m certain that my company monitors content to identify breaches in usage agreements we all had to sign. So one should use their personal machine if compelled to engage in any content that doesn’t comply. Which can be as simple online shopping all the way to deviant content.
    What is good for corporate America should be equally as good for the contry’s lawmakers. After all they are the ones writing the drivel standards they refuse to follow themselves. We bought the gub machines with our tax money, inspect ALL their computers and clean some house. I know the ones throwing the most stones need to have the secrets they keep on their taxpayer funded machines revealed. The emperor wears NO CLOTHES!

  • TexanForever

    Anyone dumb enough to post a nude photo of themselves anywhere on the internet deserves what they get.

    Any government worker or politician accessing porn on government devices should be fired or removed from office immediately. … PERIOD !! … This is not what they were hired or elected to do, salaries furnished from our taxes.
    .

    • DCBlueBlood

      I just say go to the Source … Like Stormy Daniels did she met Trump at a golf course / Melania thinks golf is for idiots. So Trump attorney Cohen paid her $130K in hush money to keep her silent about a 2006 affair. Shhhh Stormy is a adult film star … they all started coming out after Hollywood Access Realeased the Trump Tape. They say they had to pay off 100+ women-Wow! What a P****y Grabber huh!

      Beats Clinton’s romps by a mile Republicans should be proud!

      • Martin2717

        Troll

        • DCBlueBlood

          Douche

          • Martin2717

            Dork

      • Martin2717

        Troll

  • pemaddin

    No surprise here, they are most likely the same ones who used the taxpayers money to support and pay for their daliance.

  • nfcapitalist

    So… is this how progressives are keeping their votes in congress… perfect ZEROS?

    Blackmail?

  • Cindy

    Why would anyone send a nude photo of themselves to anyone via internet, omg, how stupid, if it online its not private! Period, doesnt take a brainiac!!! SMH!!!

    • ShortSweet

      I totally agree, and for that reason have ZERO sympathy for those who signed on for the stupidity. Publish the list of participants … I think the general public will be very surprised at a few if those names.

    • Deplorable Dirty Harry

      Ask Weiner and Huma the classified email princess-they’d know its just arrogance

  • soonerfan

    Once again Washington DC shows itself as the “s***hole” it is!

  • nfcapitalist

    Having Anthony Weiner come out of the woodwork seems to have been only the beginning of these strange creatures who want to expose themselves and look at other people naked… no class at all… these oddly anomalous mentals seem not to be capable of shame.

    I don’t get it.

  • James Williams

    hmm lets see if the computer is on a desk and im a deep stater that doesnt like you wouldnt it be funny to look up some porn or hezbollah sites etc on your computer then amazingly blame you for those actions. if you steal a persons gun and kill someone with it its not them that commited murder.. the left has jumped to more conclusions with no evidence just this year alone that make you question everything they say

    • tedlv

      I have worked as a contractor to DOE, DOD, TVA, and with private companies. All have strict computer security rules, including some beastly passwords, and an enforced requirement to electronically lock the workstation when stepping away.

      While what you’re saying is certainly possible, where I worked it would be highly unlikely.

  • Lord Cornbread

    It’s totally ridiculous that someone allows nude photos to be taken, posted online, and then expects them to remain private.

    • fish1552

      Please show me where it says they gave permission for them to be posted online.

      • Lord Cornbread

        Please introduce me to a sane person that gives electronic nudes to another person and actually expects they will never end up online. That word SANE is the operative term in that sentence by the way.

  • rustyaxlenut

    Let ’em have their porn, especially the U.S. Senate, at least if they are occupied with naught pictures and videos, at least they ain’t screwing the rest of us.

    • ShortSweet

      Yes they are. We’re paying the salaries of the morons surfing the web for porn. Our tax dollars at work.

  • R Honaker

    Why in the Sam hell are they advertising with a big banner on this news article

  • Al Lejdly

    That President “chump” is the reason all of this corruption is getting blown out into the open for us taxpayers to see.

  • Al Lejdly

    Can I post pictures of my colonoscopy on that site so the representatives can see what they really are?

  • Trzo9veuha

    But, but, I was just doing research for the upcoming bill. wink wink

  • tully bascomb

    Fringe benefit of Government employment?

  • mark abby

    So apparently them using porn sites must not be as important as Trump allegedly saying “s**t hole” countries

    I’m glad I’m a senior, I don’t know how many more years I can take of the liberal circus

    • Deplorable Jackphatz

      Stunning…..isn’t it?

    • Al Lejdly

      “I’m glad I’m a senior, I don’t know how many more years I can take of the liberal circus” LOL, I said something similar to that just yesterday.

    • Linda Griffin

      You said it. This world has gotten way too crazy for me. I don’t sign up for this.

  • Javanne

    It would seem that sexual harassment is as endemic in the ‘swamp’ as it is in Hollywood.

    • Al Lejdly

      I thought they were one in the same. They both try to act and are total losers at it.

    • Al Lejdly

      I thought they were one in the same. They both try to act and are total losers at it.

    • fish1552

      In the swamp? Have you read some of the assinine comments on this post? It is rampant here too, blaming the victims and not the guilty people. It’s almost like I was reading this on HuffPo or some liberal site.

  • seawulf

    Huh. I think the lesson here is that if you don’t want pictures to be seen, don’t take them. Unfortunately that is a fact of life these days. People are not good by nature. If they get ticked off, they often seek revenge. It isn’t right, but it is a fact. I guess if you find that one of our government people is posting things like this, then they should be canned. But the question I have involves the firewalls the government uses. How can you go onto a government computer and get to these websites anyway? Why aren’t they blocked?

    • jvlewis

      And then they wonder how they got hacked.

    • fish1552

      The list of sites grows daily. It is nearly impossible to block everything. Or some of the IT people are complicit.

      • seawulf

        I would better guess that the government officials don’t want to be restricted on where they can go and what they can look at. But my answer is still the same…too bad. I don’t think it is right for someone to be soaking up tax dollars to surf porn. Want to do it on your own time…your business. Want to do it on my dime? No.

  • landy fincannon

    Oh look, Fakebook and Twitter are in favor of the bill.

  • Wallville

    More Transparency in this matter please.

  • disqus_D87XRi0Gy7

    “What difference does it make”

  • TEXAS HEALTH NUT

    WE THE PEOPLE are not happy about this!! We demand that the names of all are given out to the PEOPLE so that we can throw them out of office!! Just about sick of all the crap going on in our government!!

  • nancy

    I want a list of Congressmen and/or government employees that used our tax dollars to settle sexual harassment issues. We have a right to this information and I want it!

  • I Say

    When do these “pampered Perverts” in the senate get brought to light and justice?

  • R Storm

    Would this include OBama’s executive offices?

    Not sure of the dates this happened- the article doesn’t specify. Is this the slush hush up fund of millions of taxpayer dollars? If so-
    how many taxpayers are willing to forfeit their hard earned pay for this nonsense?
    Time to STOP the nonsense.

    • ShortSweet

      I personally don’t care when it started … I want it stopped and I would definitely like to see a list published naming those who participated. I paid for this nonsense and have every right to demand an investigation and a credible accounting.

  • Roy Beane

    And just when the congressmen and senators thought it was safe to put away the jumper cables and electric cattle prods…….then this has to happen.

    • Al Lejdly

      oooooh, kanky!

  • Roy Beane

    Guess the usual “sex in the halls” must be getting boring in congress these days. But seeing Schumer in a thong……..ewwww. Gotta take another shower now. Where is that bottle of Pine Sol and Kerosene?

    • Al Lejdly

      If the Pine Sol and Kerosene don’t work I’ll throw a match in to put you out of your misery.

  • marcthepig

    Maybe there are pics of Pelosi, Feinstein, and Wasserman-Schultz in a 3-way? I should call Bill, he will know.

    • tully bascomb

      Sheeze, I just tossed by breakfast!

    • uhoh

      are you trying to be funny?
      gag

    • Al Lejdly

      Thanks a LOT! I can’t unsee that now!

    • TexanForever

      Oh, … my Eyes, … My Eyes … !!!
      .

    • Legion

      If I saw that my face would be like the scene at the end of ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ and would melt right off my skull ! !

  • Ken

    This stuff was mostly blocked and the Internet was monitored on bases in the Air Force, however the ones at the on base library were supposedly open. Some just have too much time on their hands and seem to get bored and do dumb stuff…

  • marcthepig

    “The photos that are on there from five or six years ago were not posed, they weren’t meant for the internet, and they were meant for somebody who I thought I trusted,” said one victim.

    This chick sounds easy. Wonder if she’s got a sister?

  • marcthepig

    Nekkid pics of Pelosi and Feinstein anyone?

    • Ken Knerr

      Ewww.

    • Diane Coto

      Ewww!

    • Ken Knerr

      Pass the brain bleach.

      • uhoh

        the one mental image i can’t get out of my head if that of romney getting a prostate exam!

    • JL Ziegler

      Must be their faces cut/pasted on “sexy” porn men and women because, otherwise how yuck can you get?

    • Al Lejdly

      Want me to ban you? BARRRRFFF!

    • Arnold Maize

      I think they are both eunuchs. At least a political one

  • Paul

    So the question becomes: Why in the world would you put photos that should never see the light of day on any device?
    Seriously folks, this is a special kind of stupid. And these people handle sensitive material? OH geez what next? Pictures of old men nude? God how stupid can one be?

    • john last

      Ewww, AGAIN !
      I couldn’t imagine taking a nude pic of old me !
      Ugh !

  • Biform25

    Name those that use the IP addresses in question.

  • No Mas

    You know somewhere in the bill is fuzzy language that exempts the Senate from criminal exposure while (cough Cough) investigating online porn,
    DRAIN THE SWAMP!

  • Senate offices!! Whew that had me scared for a second.

    • No Mas

      Senate offices in the past 6 years,., ,choke on that.. bigly… lol

    • whoselineisitanyway

      Maybe it’s supposed to be
      ORIFICES

  • reggie miller

    Want a list of this and of who requested payola for sexual misconduct coverups.

    • tedlv

      You weren’t supposed to remember about that. The ruling class is counting on you to forget.

  • Just another incident of “do as I say, not as I do”.
    Pervs abound in DC.

  • CantBePCAnymore

    We want a thorough list of every person whose computers were linked to this. It’s not permitted in private industry, it shouldn’t be tolerated in our government!

    • HarryObrian

      You are living under the misconception that the government and much of the private industry is not above the law. The fact that they were allegedly caught and an article was published is not for going further and punishing them it is just them gloating.
      Ask yourself,.. When is the last time anyone, at any government or corporate level, was meaningfully punished for anything?

      • tedlv

        TVA is a quasi government organization, as my coworkers and I put it, “they are government when it’s beneficial to TVA”. A guy in upper management was caught viewing an explicit adult site and escorted out of the building by two armed guards. I don’t know if they were being government or corporate, but the dude is gone. Others have been discliplined for opening news sites.

      • CantBePCAnymore

        I have personally seen corporate bigwigs fired for their bad behavior. It’s time to require punishment at all levels. I don’t believe things have to be the way they have always been.

        • Lord Cornbread

          Don’t flash your tittiesif you don’t want them seen.

        • HarryObrian

          Corporate bigwigs don’t stay fired, they either retire handsomely or move to another gig effortlessly.

      • KaliforniaKook

        Wow! You obviously have blinders on. As an ex-Boeing employee, I remember well when CEO Harry Stonecipher was fired for messing around with a female VP. I remember a manager being walked out after complaining that his desktop computer wasn’t working right – and IT found it to be out of disk space – filled with porn. I remember a guard being fired when IT noticed the computer in the guard shack was linking to porn sites. Mike Bear, a company president was fired for hiring the DOD purchasing officer’s daughter. I remember a lot more, but you get my drift. From top to bottom, Boeing employees were expected to stay off porn sites with company equipment – even from home. We had a clear code of ethics – which mostly started with “When at work, you’re supposed to be working”.
        I remember an HP CEO got fired for spying on her execs. Not even my company.
        So, are you a child, or do you just not follow the news?

        • HarryObrian

          And where are they now?
          Being fired is not a punishment for many, jail is a punishment.

      • LB

        I have seen many people in the corporation where I work fired for infractions far less abusive than trading nude photos of coworkers. You don’t her about it because such personnel actions are not public when they occur in a private company. In the government, they should be made completely public and the offenders shamed by having their identities revealed. That’s when it stops.

      • TexanForever

        Carlos Danger should fit in here somewhere.
        .

        • Beaula

          So shouldn’t the Awan brothers!

    • landwell

      Not permitted on Gov. computers either. DOE fired a guy for it on this one project I was working at.

      • tedlv

        That happened at a government agency to which I was contracted. They escorted an upper manager out under armed guard.

    • Sane_Person37

      I believe on a per capita basis, there is more perversion in Congress than in any other group of people.

      • CantBePCAnymore

        Yeah, I’d have to agree with that.

      • WitchWay

        In some government Agencies, there is a Program that prevents you from going to risky or forbidden websites. Too bad that it isn’t installed on all government computer systems.

        • Sane_Person37

          Very easy to blacklist sites. We’ve done it in our IT dept

          • WitchWay

            What I said – it is the fact that not all Agencies or Departments want to allow that blocking. Why should our Congress be allowed to have access to porn? Why should DoD have access??

          • Sane_Person37

            Because they are the elite. They stopped trying to hide it a long time ago.

          • fish1552

            It is, however you cannot possibly hit everything. The list grows daily and is nearly impossible to keep up with and still put forth manhours towards doing the rest of the job. Put simply, the users bear responsibility to stay off tjem for the few hiurs they are at work. Not being able to means they need addiction help.

          • Sane_Person37

            Sure some naked women picture or video site might open tomorrow, but you can easily get all the big hitters like pornhub and make it pretty annoying for the abusers to try to find new ones. Internet searches can make it faily easy to keep up if you can have at least one person formally dedicate their time to making it happen.

      • Varangian Guard

        Absolutely, these Gub wonks are no longer motivated by public service. It is greed and power.

        PJ O’Rourke once said “Giving politicians money and power is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.”

        Why is their behavior surprise anyone? They are human, sometimes I believe they demonstrate that they are in fact less than….