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January 30, 2013 in World News

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The Anonymous hack claiming that CEO Sigmund Solares owns and operates a ring of child pornography has turned out to be wrong as even the hackers were fooled by fraudulent information in internet records. Last week, Anonymous hackers targeted the websites with the intent of disrupting their content. The Anonymous hackers made a discovery that shocked them. When looking up information about who owned and operated the ring of 53 sites, they saw the name Sigmund Solares on 6 of the domains. It appears that someone has put Solares’ name on the domain ownership records most likely with the purpose of causing damage to his personal and professional reputations.
Anonymous uncovered this info and released it in a Pastebin link which is a common method of releasing the information they find. Pastebin basically allows users a friendly way to display large amounts of text and links easily and without a lot of tracking. It provides them with a URL to their content and then that is shared by them.
This is the information that was found and after evaluating it, we shared exactly what we saw. WTF News cautioned that these allegations were unproven and simply reported that the hack happened and posted the Pastebin link with the purported information found. WTF News prides itself on having truthful information and where things are still unproven, we note that we are unsure of the validity. It is for situations like this that our site reports exactly the information we have receive in the proper context.
WTF News was contacted directly by an associate of Sigmund Solares who passed along information of the fraud and how they plan to combat it. Upon being contacted, we discussed with the associate what was reported and were told that Mr. Solares was seeking legal action against the responsible party. We have since discussed the matter with Solares directly and he has confirmed the information sent to us by his personal contact.
For clarification, Solares’ DirectNIC is not the only registrar listed with clients operating these sites.

Additional information on this child porn ring can be uncovered by the following 11 registrars where 51 of the 53 domain names originally mentioned are registered: Enom.com, Nic.ru, DomainContext.com, PacNames.com, Domain.com, Godaddy.com, Directi.com, Publicdomainregistry.com, Onlinenic.com, Internet.bs, and Joker.com.

WTF News will have updates on the situation.
Sigmund Solares may be best known to those outside of the tech world for the humanitarian efforts by him and others during Hurricane Katrina.

From our original article

Interdictor is the name of a LiveJournal blog that documented the effect of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans during and following the destruction. It is operated by Michael Barnett. At the time he was an employee of Directnic.com, an internet services company on the 10th and 11th floors of an office building in downtown New Orleans at 650 Poydras Avenue, which he referred to as “Outpost Crystal” (after Barnett’s fiancee, Crystal Coleman). In the early aftermath of the hurricane and flooding, it was one of the few reliable communications links between downtown New Orleans and the rest of the world.

Operating on a diesel generator when power was lost, Barnett and fellow bloggers provided a continuous stream of reports of what was actually happening and, through webcams, live video feeds, and thousands of high resolution pictures, gave the rest of the world a chance to see the looting and destruction firsthand before the rest of the media arrived on the scene.

Using Internet Relay Chat and Instant Messenger they kept in constant contact with the outside world.

The Interdictor blog quickly became a widely recognized and cited source from inside New Orleans. Sources such as CNN even read directly from the blog on the air, putting its contents on-screen. Even after the media arrived, the Interdictor blog was still commonly cited as a reference to the events ongoing in New Orleans. When a police-enforced evacuation of New Orleans was ordered by Mayor Ray Nagin, the Interdictor bloggers were exempted from the mandatory evacuation. The blog’s debut and rise to prominence during the hurricane and its aftermath was listed in an MSN/PC World article as number 14 on a list of “The 16 Greatest Moments in Web History.”

A podcast on the same can be heard here.

Below are portions of a report compiled with some direct comments from Sigmund Solares. Solares has shown us convincing information that will prove this incident was a case of malicious identity theft; most of that has been withheld for now. Solares has uncovered information that confirms his suspicions that the individual responsible is upset with the anti-pedophile efforts that Solares has championed in the past.

This is a simple case of identity theft. Let’s start by going back nine years. In 2004 Intercosmos exposed a child pornographer who masked his identity by using the name of a leader in the anti child porn movement. This was an effort to sully her name through identity theft.
History has repeated itself as the previously terminated customer decided to use my identity (Sigmund Solares) in retaliation through the simple trick of placing my name in the WHOIS record for 6 of his domain name registrations at an obscure domain name registrar name PacNames.com in New Zealand. The evidence of the culprits actions include log in details, payment information, as well as the IP address used by the customer. I will not point fingers at any specific individual at this time other than pointing to the Gmail account lavashin56@gmail.com. I am only providing the evidence.

Back in 2004 the contact information for a leader in the Anti Child Porn movement was placed on the WHOIS records for multiple child porn domain names.

Eight year old letter sheds light on motive. A letter written by Intercosmos and sent to Antichildporn.org about this incident has been online for the past 8 years and is available at http://antichildporn.org/intercosmos.htm.
The most relevant paragraph from the letter posted to this webpage is as follows, “In this particular case, we were contacted by the Safe Housing Alliance representative, “Lisa”. “Lisa” informed our staff that she had been notified by the Anti Child Porn Organization (ACPO) that they had discovered her contact information in association with credit card payment sites that were taking payments for child pornography distribution. “Lisa” realized at that time she did not give her permission to use her contact information nor were these domains her property. Once in contact with us, we assisted “Lisa” in filing what is called an Invalid WHOIS report on the domain name and also finding all additional domains she was falsely listed on.”
The facts in the letter above can be verified by several individuals and organizations. The award received as a result of this and much additional work was also displayed at the Intercosmos offices for years.

My initial assumptions proved true. When I was told of the allegations I assumed that the child pornographer was one of many child pornographers that Intercosmos terminated in the past, someone who had an axe to grind. I knew that the culprit set me up to appear like a bad guy. I determined that the best and quickest way to prove this was to link one or more domain name registrations to a customer at Intercosmos. I investigated to prove this assumption was true.

The public WHOIS information is erroneous in this case. Records are easily subject to both unintentional mistakes and deliberate fraudulent activity. Solares noted what he has uncovered

What I uncovered from the WHOIS: The contact details did not include my name for domain name registrations related to the dns-force.com nameservers.1 The contact details did include my name for 6 domains related to the dxgirlz.com nameservers, these are the 12 domain name registrations that were spread across 5 domain name registrars and 3 countries.
The Smoking Gun: I then researched to find all domain names associated with the nameservers in question. This led to pgirlz2.com which is registered at directNIC. The customer who owns the domain name pgirlz2.com also uses the email address lavashin56@gmail.com which is the email identified in the WHOIS records. This is the smoking gun. The customer was sloppy. The customer registered domains at multiple registrars to play a game of Whack a Mole. The customer did not want all of the websites shut off at one time. But, the customer used the same email account across many of these operations.

More from Solares.

In short, Intercosmos, Sigmund Solares and others became a target because they worked with organizations to shut down child porn websites. Intercosmos consistently and swiftly shut down child porn websites. The company maintained a close working relationship with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children the FBI and other law enforcement agencies with respect to child porn. I believe that due to these efforts to stop child porn, myself and others were targeted by this evil person.

Here is why Intercosmos and Sigmund Solares became a target.
From http://antichildporn.org/, “Today, December 17th, 2004 the AntiChildPorn Organization (ACPO) is proud to name Intercosmos Media Group, Inc. Creators of directNIC.com as the first recipient of its “ACPO Child Friendly” award. We at ACPO are proud to work with Intercosmos Media Group and grateful for all their help, and for setting an excellent example to the community! Shouts out to everyone at Intercosmos Media Group!”

I do hope that you follow through and help find the true culprit to this clearing myself as well as other victims from any involvement.
If we can find lavashin56@gmail.com and bring him to justice, then at least one great thing can be accomplished from these false allegations, with a result of preventing future individuals from being falsely accused and more importantly preventing additional children from being exploited.

Solares emailed internet administrator ICANN and others about the matter.

This document covers additional details in support of the short document which responded to the allegations which were posted at http://wtfrly.com/2013/01/25/anonymous-attacks-child-pornography-websites-allegedly-owned-by-ceo-sigmund-solares/#.UQfe1-go5zM
No advance notice, nor time to respond. Prior to the posting of the allegations with respect to the alleged child porn websites and the mention of me personally, I was not notified, nor was Intercosmos notified. No one asked for help in verifying the identity of the culprit. I assume that with the public posting of the accusations the culprit is currently working to cover his tracks. The lack of notice means that this document will be somewhat incomplete and certainly not edited and polished. I put this document together by myself.

As of Wednesday, Solares noted that he received acknowledgement of his information at one of the registrars, PacGames.
WTF News will address any misinformation that is posted on our website and will work to help spread the correct info, simply contact us.


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