Mr. Sperlein gives ridiculously short time to come up with ransom, so people wouldn’t understand what’s going on and pay out of uncertainty and fear. Giving just a couple of days while the case was initially filed almost a year ago is unsurprisingly brutal.
I’ve been receiving many e-mails from the victims. All of them except one said that they never downloaded movies in question. Unproportionally large number of those e-mails came from women. Given the accusations in gay pornography, that’s another red flag pointing to large-scale scam launched by Mr. Sperlein. Some people indicated that they never heard about this issue before, probably because they have not seen AT&T’s February email, it could be filtered as spam, or just overlooked – AT&T sends many junk letters to its subscribers.
While being cunning and smart lawyer, Mr. Sperlein is absolutely ignorant in technology. He made one huge mistake in those letters, I will explain it in due time.
I have no moral right to ask victims to fight and not to pay ransom, but in my personal opinion, for those who did not download IO Group’s gay pornography, the defense arguments are pretty strong. I would wait for more information: in particular, for the outcome of the case management conference scheduled for June 2, and for developments in other IO Group’s cases.
Note that in his letter, Mr. Sperlein threatens to name you on his complain, thus making your name publically associated with gay pornography, if you don’t contact him by Monday, May 23rd. It is up to you if you want to communicate to Mr. Sperlein that you are innocent, but keep in mind that Mr. Sperlein is brutally cunning, so keep your communication to an absolute minimum: you never know how your extra words can be turned against you by a troll.
Also, try to hide your identify when posting case-related materials and comments online – Sperlein is famous for selective prosecution of those who dared to threaten his extortion business. Publicity is a serious threat. Among the privacy techniques are using anonymous e-mail address created specifically for this case (yahoo, aol etc.) and using an anonymity network Tor.