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The Wrong Hands was a group initially founded to leak the Justice League Unlimited's BrainiacWiki but was later involved in other notable events in Second Life's history. The founding members were 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, Tizzy Teardrop, 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 3 pages related to Woodbury, but he refused to leak anymore because he was afraid of getting caught. On December 28th 2009, 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 IMing the leader of the JLU Kalel Venkman. He seemed pretty impressed with Haruhi and invited her to their region Justice Island for a tour. While touring the group's watchtower, Haruhi ran into Gawyn Philbin a long time JLU member. Haruhi asked Kalel and Gawyn about the BrainiacWiki and 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 was finished Haruhi Thespian sent in her application and Kalel Venkman added her to the JLU Applicant group. 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. At one point Kalel became suspicious and started to question her, but she was able to change the conversation to avoid being caught [1]. A week after becoming an applicant Haruhi was made a full JLU recruit and now had access to all of their inworld tools and 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 filling DMCAs against the links and Typepad.com the Herald's host. The content was removed from both sites. 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.

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 were estate managers in Soviet Woodbury. Mainland parcels and groups owned by Woodbury University were also reclaimed or deleted, but The Wrong Hands inworld group survived. The exact reason for the termination was never specified by Linden Lab. The company was considering terminating Woodbury University prior to the formation of The Wrong Hands; but this was stalled after the real world University began to negotiating an expansion of 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 was revealed to Linden Lab in retaliation for the hacking [10].

In May of 2010 TWH members moved to the sim Rancor owned by Atlas Saintlouis. The sim's name was later changed to Red Square and another sim Revolution was added on December 20th 2010. 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 was comprised of TWH members, residents from welcome areas and other various groups. The estate remained access only until it was 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 August of 2011, TWH was active on SLUniverse.com after a blog TheListSL leaked portions of the BrainiacWiki and JLU group notices. Some SLUniverse users later created their own TWH spin-off called The Pink Hands, an Anti-Cyberstalking group. In October of 2011, The Wrong Hands created a new sim named 'Nope' a private HQ and 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, another sim was purchased name ‘Reddit’ and Tizzers planned to create a community with users from reddit.com. However, Tizzers knew when Linden Lab realized her involvement in the region it would most likely be banned, so she planned to use this to her advantage. She assumed if the region was taken offline, the new community would be outraged by Linden Lab’s actions and she could then create negative publicity by encouraging members to upvote a post about banning to the front page 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 was coming to Steam. With the hope of pulling off her new community plan with Steam users instead, the sim was renamed to Sanvich on September 4th. However, the plan was thwarted by financial troubles that left the sim with less than a month of tier. In an attempt to create negative publicity for Linden Lab before the region’s closure, the Patriotic Nigras were allowed to rezz their iconic Fort Longcat in the sky to encourage the region's banning. On September 24th, the sim was taken offline by Linden Lab. Tizzers then created a reddit post about the banning under another name, claiming to have no idea why the region had been removed; the post was upvoted to the front page of reddit.

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 inworld 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 the decision was made due to the decline in griefing and because the League was unable to afford the region and their website Krypton Radio [11].

Final Years

In January 2013, The Wrong Hands returned to Second Life after the Justice League Unlimited became dormant inworld. 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 the region 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 eventually led to the departure of Tizzers Foxchase and Cam Mitchell and the founding of another region. After the breakdown of a brief reconciliation between the factions; the group was bitterly disbanded on March 15th, 2015. The fracturing and eventual disbandment of The Wrong Hands led to the founding of two successor groups. OUTRUN, a retrowave 1980s themed community founded by Tizzers Foxchase and YUNG CUM BOIS; a community that collaboratively created various 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, Poop was taken down by Linden Lab again and Skills Hak was permanently banned. 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 members still sporadically log in to Second Life although hostility remains between the group's previous factions.

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