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The Wrong Hands was a group initially founded to leak the Justice League Unlimited's BrainiacWiki and later involved in other notable events in Second Life's history. The founding members comprised of Woodbury University members. In later years the group began recruiting former W-hat members and individuals from other various groups.

Founding

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The Wrong Hands in 2009. From left to right, Haruhi Thespian, Hydrogen2 Oxygen (Jim Korpov), Tizzy Teardrop (Tizzers Foxchase), lnformation Core, Cam Mitchell, Doctor Yootz, Robble Rubble, Mullet Handsohn

On December 20th 2009, Cayce Urriah a member of the Justice League Unlimited teleported into Soviet Woodbury. He ran into a Woodbury/W-hat member named Robble Rubble and the two struck up a conversation about Star Wars. Later in the same conversation Cayce confessed to Robble he was a JLU member and told him about the BrainiacWiki; a database the group uses to track griefers and other enemies. Robble convinced Cayce to send him three pages related to Woodbury, but he refused to leak anymore because he was afraid of getting caught.

Eight days later Robble began talking with other Woodbury members about the possibility of infiltrating the Justice League and getting access themselves, but they needed someone who had no affiliations with the group. A new Woodbury member named Mullet Handson then informed Robble he had and alt that didn't have ties with the group, its name was Haruhi Thespian.

Posing as a female Haruhi Thespian began messaging the leader of the JLU Kalel Venkman. He seemed impressed with Haruhi and invited her to their region Justice Island for a tour. While in the group's watchtower, Haruhi ran into Gawyn Philbin a long time JLU member. Haruhi asked Kalel and Gawyn about the BrainiacWiki to which Gawyn replied "A lot of private info and shit on there that if passed into the wrong hands, could ROYALLY fuck us." The group attempting to infiltrate the JLU now had a name The Wrong Hands.

Justice League Unlimited Infiltration

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Haruhi reveals her affiliation with Woodbury

After the tour completed Haruhi Thespian officially became an JLU applicant. For the next week she got to know the other JLU members and patrolled sandboxes with them. She was the perfect applicant, a little too perfect. Kalel became suspicious and started questioning her, but she then changed the conversation to avoid being caught [1]. A week after becoming an applicant Haruhi was made a full JLU member and now had access to all of their inworld tools including the BrainiacWiki. Other Wrong Hands members began giving her tools to save as much of the wiki as possible.

On January 10th 2010 while the Justice League was in the middle of their weekly meeting, Haruhi asked if she could say something, but Kalel said it would have to wait until the end. When her time came to speak, Haruhi Thespian stated "We at Woodbury are thankful for the wiki :3" in local chat and a group notice. The Justice League immediately went into shock, banned Haruhi from Justice Island and kicked her out of the group [2].

The Alphaville Herald posted an article a few hours after the incident occurred with download links to the entire wiki.[3] The Herald wrote numerous articles about the content in the BrainiacWiki. Kalel Venkman responded by filing DMCAs against the links and Typepad.com the Herald's host; causing the removal of the content on the site. Herald editor Pixeleen Mistral then filed a counter-DMCA questioning Venkman's, and a few weeks later the information was restored.[4]

Emerald Viewer

After the release of Client Detection System in February of 2010, The Wrong Hands began investigating the developers of the system and their other projects such as the Emerald Viewer. In early April of 2010, TWH obtained illegal access to modularsystems.sl the Emerald Viewer's main site. They discovered Fractured Crystal created a datamine database that correlated IP addresses and avatars that teleported into Emerald Point or used their REGApi. A censored version was featured in an article on The Alphaville Herald in May of 2010 [5]. An early LSL script of Client Detection System was also discovered and later leaked. The leaked script was later modified and used to create a series of similar products; including the controversial zF RedZone [6].

In July 2010, TWH member Hazim Gazov questioned the developers adding Emerald Kakadu library or (emkdu) an openjpeg codec to the viewer. One of the developers added a line that would broadcast the version of the Emerald Viewer and the file path. Depending on the path of the exe and the username on the computer, it could disclose a user's real name without them knowing. The data was then decoded by Onyx, a private viewer only a handful of Emerald developers possessed. The developers claimed the code was implemented incorrectly and would be fixed.

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DDoS attack code on Emerald's login screen

In early August, LordGregGreg Back resigned from Emerald over the emkdu issue. A few days later Fractured Crystal hid an iframe in the Emerald Viewer's splash screen. When users started up the client they would ping Hazim Gazov's website causing a small DDoS attack. The code remained hidden for over a week and was discovered by an Emerald Beta tester. After the discovery Fractured Crystal was forced to resign from Emerald and was later banned from Second Life. Emerald was then sent orders by Linden Lab and failed to comply. The remaining developers were banned from Second Life and the Emerald Viewer was blocked on September 8th 2010.

Microsoft Buyout

On September 30th 2010 while in a skype call with a Linden, TWH Member Tizzers Foxchase overheard that Microsoft had placed a bid on the company. Shortly thereafter Tizzers posted on Twitter "A little birdie told me that Microsoft may have silently offered to buy Linden Lab this week." The tweet went viral and within a few hours it ended up on Tech Eye, Gamespot, Toms Hardware, ZDNet and various other sites. Some believed it was an elaborate troll, but 2 days later Microsoft ended up buying another virtual environment Vivaty.

End of Woodbury University and Aftermath

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'Second Life Professional Edition' copybot viewer sold by WU members.

On April 20th, 2010, Woodbury University was banned from Second Life[7]. The majority of The Wrong Hands were banned since nearly all had been estate managers in Soviet Woodbury. The company never gave an official reason for the termination. Linden Lab considered removing Woodbury before the formation of The Wrong Hands; but this plan came to a halt after the real life University showed interest in expanding its virtual campus [8]. The banning occurred a few weeks after the hacking of the Emerald Viewer's website [9]. Emerald's development team also obtained evidence group members possessed and sold a copybot viewer; which they revealed to Linden Lab in retaliation for the hacking [10].

A few weeks after the termination members moved to the sim Rancor owned by Atlas Saintlouis. The region soon became soviet themed, and its name later changed to 'Red Square' after the group's other sim 'Revolution' came online. A machinima was posted on January 3rd, 2011 under the name Woodbury in Second Life 2011. However, most of the old Woodbury regulars no longer logged on and the new community mainly comprised of TWH members, residents from welcome areas and other various groups. The estate remained access only until being opened to the public on April 20th, 2011. On July 19th, 2011, both sims were taken offline with the owner, regulars and some estate managers banned.

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The Wrong Hands; Christmas 2011

In late 2011 the group became active on SLUniverse.com after a blog named TheListSL leaked portions of the BrainiacWiki and JLU group notices. Some SLUniverse users made an anti-cyberstalking spin-off group named The Pink Hands. Also in late 2011 The Wrong Hands created a new sim named "Nope" a private sandbox for members and close friends. However, the sim was shutdown on March 22nd 2012 when the land baron stopped paying tier.

Reddit/Sanvich

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The Reddit Sim

In late March of 2012, Tizzers planned to create a community with users from reddit.com and bought the sim ‘Reddit’ in world. She knew when Linden Lab discovered her involvement in the region it would more than likely be banned and decided to create a contingency plan. If Linden Lab took the region offline and the new users knew little of the group's past; Tizzers assumed the new community would be outraged and the company would receive bad publicity on reddit. However, most redditors weren’t interested in joining Second Life, and things became tense when infighting caused Robble Rubble to leave the group.

In August of 2012, Linden Lab announced that Second Life would be coming to Steam. To attract the potential new users; Tizzers redesigned the region and renamed it to Sanvich. Remnants of the Patriotic Nigras were also allowed to create a base in the region to encourage new residents to become griefers. On September 24th, the sim was taken offline by Linden Lab. In response, Tizzers posted about the banning on reddit, claiming to have "no idea" why the company removed the region; users upvoted the post to the front page of reddit [11].

Justice Island

Justice Island Offline

After Sanvich's banning, The Wrong Hands remained inactive in Second Life throughout the rest of 2012. The Justice League Unlimited's in world presence also diminished during this period. On December 19th, 2012, the group pulled the plug on its region Justice Island. Co-founder Kara Timtam stated their decision was due to a decline in griefing and because League could no longer afford the region and their website Krypton Radio. [12]

Final Years

In January 2013, The Wrong Hands returned to Second Life after the Justice League Unlimited became dormant in world. After returning the group began recruiting new members; including former Emerald Viewer developer Skills Hak. In February 2014, The Wrong Hands created a new sim named RUDE. However, without a common enemy, ideological differences led to spawning of factions within the group. The divide primarily occurred between ex-Woodbury members who wanted to use RUDE to build a new group similar to Woodbury University and ex-Woodbury/W-hat members who wanted the region to represent the more closed off nature of The Wrong Hands.

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Estates of the two successor groups prior to the banning

The disputes that occurred between these two factions led to the departure of Tizzers Foxchase, Cam Mitchell and the founding of another region. After the breakdown of a brief reconciliation; members bitterly disbanded the group on March 15th, 2015. The fracturing and eventual disbandment of The Wrong Hands led to the founding of two successor groups. OUTRUN, a retro wave 1980s themed community founded by Tizzers Foxchase and YUNG CUM BOIS; a community that collaboratively created themed builds in the region Poop (previously known as CUMBOY CANYON).

On February 25th, 2016, both regions including Insilico were taken offline by Linden Lab. After complaints Poop and Insilico came back online the next day but OUTRUN remained offline. On March 21st, 2016, Linden Lab permanently banned Skills Hak and took Poop offline again. Skills later stated Linden Lab gave several reasons (not publicly disclosed) for the banning but agreed to transfer Insilico to another owner and compensate her for the loss of the regions. As of 2017 some ex-members still sporadically log in to Second Life although hostility between the group's previous factions remains.

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