Saturday, March 10, 2012

Former Perverted Justice volunteer's CFAA conviction affirmed by 3rd Cir.

In United States v. Raisley, 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 5002 (3rd Cir. 2012), the Third Circuit affirmed the conviction of former Perverted Justice volunteer Bruce Raisley after he created malware to attack websites that had written about him. Perverted Justice, using volunteers pretending to be minors, engages in and investigates illicit conversations between the adults and the pretend children. Raisley had begun to disapprove of the group's methods and soon thereafter he was caught as he attempted to meet an underage girl at an airport. Radar and Rolling Stone wrote about the incident, and Raisley launched a DDoS attack which brought down their websites.

Raisley was convicted under the CFAA and sentenced to 24 months, 3 years supervised release, and $90,386.39 in restitution. On appeal, he made several arguments concerning the admission or exclusion of evidence, but each was readily struck down.

To learn more about this case, click a link below:
  • Perverted Justice - Their website posts chat logs from each of their investigations, even ranking them by most slimy and noting throughout the discussion how advanced the perpetrators are.
  • DOJ Press Release - Post-trial release from the US Attorney's office.
  • Radar's Article - It's no longer on their website, but Corrupted Justice, a critic of Perverted Justice has posted it.


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