[UPDATE] Ocean Marketing Attempts To Extort Former Client

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[UPDATE] Ocean Marketing Attempts To Extort Former Client

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Just when you thought the story about Paul Christoforo couldn't get any more ridiculous, the man turns things up to 11.

Moisés Chiullan has had a busy day. Since he took over handling N-Control's PR after Roid Rage Nightmare Paul Christoforo, Chiullan has done a pretty masterful job of damage control. He's managed to very publicly disown and denounce Christoforo (going so far as to say that there "isn't a bus big enough for me to throw Paul Christoforo under") and has personally taken to Twitter to answer people's questions about the situation. Tonight, though, Chiullan set up a Reddit AMA to directly respond to all the questions and revealed that his predecessor isn't done making life difficult for N-Control: It turns out the man is trying to extort some serious cash from them.

Earlier tonight, Chiullan tweeted that Christoforo was holding N-Control's various email and social media accounts hostage. One of the first questions asked in the AMA was how this could happen. Chiullan's answer is below:

I've been trying to get him to give up the access to these things he's been holding hostage (email accounts, Twitter, etc) by asking nicely for a couple of days. The gloves are off now.

Paul told me on the phone two hours ago that "Eight months ago, I locked down all this stuff so they wouldn't be able to fuck with me. If they don't give me what I want, it's war." His demands include a contract written on his terms and substantial compensation, both immediate and for as long as the company continues to exist. He flaunted the PR debacle he created as proof that he "made the company a success", citing all the media and public attention as the "best thing that ever happened to Avenger".

He didn't count on the fact that I anticipated all of this and have been a computer hardware and web tech since I was 14.

The thing we did have is control over the AvengerController.com domain. It was transferred away from its original account, which Paul has complete control of. Because of how GoDaddy works, that old account retained all of the email addresses and their master control settings (forwarding and so on). He has continued to respond to customer emails from his personal GMail account and lied to me repeatedly about doing so.

I tried to play nice, and Paul played stupid, acting like he didn't have access to this master account, blaming his "Indian outsourced tech team" being on vacation. I gave him two days to give over N-Control's digital property.

He finally leveled with me tonight that he knew I wasn't that stupid and that he was lying about his access to all these accounts. That's when he issued the above-mentioned threat. He reiterated that he had the hosting, email, and everything on lockdown.

This is just jaw-dropping. There's no other way to describe the situation. Did Christoforo seriously think that Chiullan wouldn't go public about this, when the past week week has proven that every time he opens his mouth he only succeeds in burying himself even further in the public eye?

So, let's recap: Paul Christoforo's history of terrible customer service finally caught up with him when he threatened a smear campaign against Penny Arcade. After realizing that this was possibly the stupidest thing he could have done in the videogame industry, he begged Mike Krahulik to make the collective internet mob back off (that sure as Hell didn't happen). He then started giving interviews where he claimed that he hadn't lost any other clients, Krahulik was unprofessional for not introducing himself, and he was really only sorry that he got caught being a jackass. And now, finally, he's been caught trying to extort money from the clients he very nearly destroyed.

Un. Be. Lievable.

UPDATE: Apparently Christoforo has become much more cooperative since the AMA and this story went live. According to Chiullan:

Mr. Christoforo has very recently become much more forthcoming and helpful regarding a variety of Avenger/N-Control's digital assets that we requested he return a few days ago (as mentioned below in detail). We thank him for his renewed helpfulness.

Source: Reddit

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Does the stupid know no bounds? This is now blatantly illegal. A dude in the us is being sued for 300k for running off with a company twitter account.

"He didn't count on the fact that I anticipated all of this and have been a computer hardware and web tech since I was 14."
Put Paul have wwwebsites on the internet ever since Moisés was a sperm, how could he possibly be outsmarted then???

On a more serious note: I really hope this will push him into the jail, god damn it I can't stand this man.

Wow! So I wonder what all those guys feeling guilty about the evil internet posse ruining this poor fellow's life are going to think about this. Clearly, the internet has gone too far!

he is a professional troll! Massive assface

This is turning into quite the soap opera now. Ocean Marketing is right about one thing though, all this is giving huge media exposure to a relatively obscure peripheral. Im waiting for the moment now when it turns out that the new PR guy, the old PR guy and the original user who complained are all the same person and this is one massive PR stunt thats working incredibly well.

Deploy the justice cannon! Failing that, deploy the stocks.

Evil Smurf:
he is a professional troll!

He's not even that since while trolls will do it for the lulz, this guy believes that what he is doing is the best way for him to clear his name! He honestly believes he can get away with all of this!

This guy is, without a shadow of doubt the most STUPID person this year, to the point it is insufferable. Could someone please ship him naked and penniless to the center of the Australian outback where he can stay away from human society completely, as I am scared there are those that sympathise with someone who clearly does not have the brain functions required to be a productive member of society, let alone a man in his position.

Oh, and this is illegal, right? This HAS to be illegal.

Calumon: ...I don't like him. I thought he just might be having a bad day, but he's just a really big meanie.

Jack and Calumon:

Oh, and this is illegal, right? This HAS to be illegal.

Yes. Extortion is a felony.

vansau:

Jack and Calumon:

Oh, and this is illegal, right? This HAS to be illegal.

Yes. Extortion is a felony.

Control replied to my tweet after I said that legal damages would be easy to prove here, company name, amazon rating, Los of revenue etc. Hope they nail him.

Bloody hell, this guy is more messed up than a sack of a drunken ferrets.

How does this guy manage to find his way out of the house in the morning? I mean, there's like, doors in the way and stuff.

He better get used to living in a small room with barred windows for two decades.
Seriously, what the hell is wrong with people?

Daystar Clarion:
Bloody hell, this guy is more messed up than a sack of a drunken ferrets.

How does this guy manage to find his way out of the house in the morning? I mean, there's like, doors in the way and stuff.

Ldude893:
He better get used to living in a small room with barred windows for two decades.
Seriously, what the hell is wrong with people?

Here's all the evidence you need that steroid abuse is bad. If yu needed proof, that is.

Ahaha! Brilliant! I for one am enjoying the slow but pro-active suicide of Paul Christoforo.

Here is a guy standing neck deep in a pool of gasoline, brandishing a lighter as a threat to the confused people standing by. Some people just never learn. So let him burn. I'm enjoying every minute of it.

Just farcical. What is going through this guy's head.

Yosharian:
Just farcical. What is going through this guy's head.

air and light from ear to ear, most likely.

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It's time to end this, now.

He has gone too far, he must be stopped!

Daystar Clarion:
Bloody hell, this guy is more messed up than a sack of a drunken ferrets.

Though I agree with you on this statement...

How in Satan's glorious name do you know what a sack of drunken ferrets look like? Let alone how you managed to get them drunk! o.O

On topic: This is one of those things where the guy's running away with a leaking keg of black powder and the match was just lit at the other end. I do hope the fireworks are beautiful when it's all said and done.

If this man gets the shit raided out of him by Anonymous, I will dance with joy. Fuck this cock-shiner in the ass with a giant rusty spoon named Phil. I hope the only job he gets is in a sweatshop. And if that doesn't work itself out, I hope he drops the soap in a prison shower.

CrazyCapnMorgan:

Daystar Clarion:
Bloody hell, this guy is more messed up than a sack of a drunken ferrets.

Though I agree with you on this statement...

How in Satan's glorious name do you know what a sack of drunken ferrets look like? Let alone how you managed to get them drunk! o.O

On topic: This is one of those things where the guy's running away with a leaking keg of black powder and the match was just lit at the other end. I do hope the fireworks are beautiful when it's all said and done.

If I told you, I'd have to kill you.

I will say one thing. It's not as fun as it sounds.

FFS Paul
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If you want to protect your wife and kids, take a look at the daggers in your side.

GIVE IN. No-one cares if you wwebsite as on the internet.

Can we stop giving this egomaniac attention now - the harder we rage the more he plays to it, we (the gaming community) look like overzealous children having a stupid fight and to be honest nobody wins here.

As far as I'm concerned this adds nothing new to the story, he's still the same impotent jackass he always was, and I still believe we should be more concerned about how we react to this, and how other sections of media see us. All this death threat and retaliatory bollocks could give SOPA some big ammunition.

Though he is right - he's brought far more publicity to that peripheral than it could ever have otherwise hoped to get.

EDIT: OP can you take off the section about roid rage - it's unproven character defamation that there is simply not enough evidence to pass judgement on. As someone who has had to take steroids (prescribed for a severe medical condition) - I would be very upset to find I'm being slandered all over the net for a medical procedure.

The conspiracy theorist in me almost thinks this all a ruse for The Avenger controller people to get the internet mob on there side. But, that's a little crazy. Still, extortion? With the whole internet watching? What can you gain from this?

This guy, is Un-fucking-believable.

How can even the fools still feel sorry for this shithead, he's clearly bullshitting people as he has never stopped posturing and insulting people. If you pity this man you've been tricked.

Flying Dagger:
Can we stop giving this egomaniac attention now - the harder we rage the more he plays to it, we (the gaming community) look like overzealous children having a stupid fight and to be honest nobody wins here.

As far as I'm concerned this adds nothing new to the story, he's still the same impotent jackass he always was, and I still believe we should be more concerned about how we react to this, and how other sections of media see us. All this death threat and retaliatory bollocks could give SOPA some big ammunition.

Though he is right - he's brought far more publicity to that peripheral than it could ever have otherwise hoped to get.

EDIT: OP can you take off the section about roid rage - it's unproven character defamation that there is simply not enough evidence to pass judgement on. As someone who has had to take steroids (prescribed for a severe medical condition) - I would be very upset to find I'm being slandered all over the net for a medical procedure.

Nothing new? Did you miss the extortion section?

Knight Templar:
This guy, is Un-fucking-believable.

How can even the fools still feel sorry for this shithead, he's clearly bullshitting people as he has never stopped posturing and insulting people. If you pity this man you've been tricked.


OP: Extortion is a felony, my good man. Enjoy prison.

Fasckira:
Im waiting for the moment now when it turns out that the new PR guy, the old PR guy and the original user who complained are all the same person

And Gabe from PA, just to complete the mindfuck.

I can't get over this guy, he sounds so terminally stupid that he could walk into a room containing nothing but an office chair and a necktie and still find himself overpowered and bound within 10 minutes.

ResonanceSD:

Flying Dagger:
Can we stop giving this egomaniac attention now - the harder we rage the more he plays to it, we (the gaming community) look like overzealous children having a stupid fight and to be honest nobody wins here.

As far as I'm concerned this adds nothing new to the story, he's still the same impotent jackass he always was, and I still believe we should be more concerned about how we react to this, and how other sections of media see us. All this death threat and retaliatory bollocks could give SOPA some big ammunition.

Though he is right - he's brought far more publicity to that peripheral than it could ever have otherwise hoped to get.

EDIT: OP can you take off the section about roid rage - it's unproven character defamation that there is simply not enough evidence to pass judgement on. As someone who has had to take steroids (prescribed for a severe medical condition) - I would be very upset to find I'm being slandered all over the net for a medical procedure.

Nothing new? Did you miss the extortion section?

Where he pretended he was all powerful but in the end had no power at all and couldn't do anything?

Sounds like the same old story to me.

He probably has gotten through life acting like this, and it's always worked out in the end for him. Until now.

And now he's an old rabid dog that can't learn new tricks.

EDIT: Is it just me, or is the captcha on this site getting worse and more difficult to depicher?

Jack and Calumon:
This guy is, without a shadow of doubt the most STUPID person this year, to the point it is insufferable. Could someone please ship him naked and penniless to the center of the Australian outback where he can stay away from human society completely, as I am scared there are those that sympathise with someone who clearly does not have the brain functions required to be a productive member of society, let alone a man in his position.

Yeah.....we have a town there. Perhaps the middle of the Kimberly would be better......but we have towns there too. I know! Drop in the middle of the Nullarbor plain and make him choose between walking to Adelaide or Perth (with a preferential detour to the Maralinga Test site)!

This saga has been filled with so much asshattery, my brain is having trouble realizing the full concentration of it.

You know, when there was an article on Kotaku about people digging up dirt on this douchebag, I tried to argue that poking through a man's private life might be going too far. I no longer feel that way. This guy likely deserves all the crap the internet throws at him at this point.

Also, I admit I'm no lawyer, but I get the feeling that this most recent wave of herp-derping on his part might be breaking some laws. As in, using someone else's email accounts without authorization (which has been rescinded) and then demanding money in exchange for the return of control over said accounts just kinda sounds, you know, illegal. Just sayin'...

EDIT: Oh, and if I'm reading the article right, he's been replying to customers through the hijacked email accounts even after he was fired and therefore had no right to represent the company anymore, which I KNOW is illegal. It would be like me pretending to be a Microsoft representative and then interacting with users in an "official" capacity. MS would sue my pants off and that's if I'm lucky. If I'm not I might be going to jail...

Dude...wtf. At first I was happy to see him get your just deserts for being a jerk. then I felt kind of sorry for him I felt people were taking it to far and I thought he learned his lesson. But, fuck man, he just wont stop. I mean, really, REALLY? This just confounds me that despite what's happening the guy is STILL going at it. I mean from those initial letters I figured the guy had an overblown ego, but to think he can just keep doing this. just... fuck man, I don't even know what to think.

The_root_of_all_evil:
FFS Paul
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If you want to protect your wife and kids, take a look at the daggers in your side.

GIVE IN. No-one cares if you wwebsite as on the internet.

Yeah at this point either they don't exist or he just doesn't care about them. You know for a little while there I actually felt kinda sorry for him but now... throw him to the dogs for all I care.

Daystar Clarion:

CrazyCapnMorgan:

Daystar Clarion:
Bloody hell, this guy is more messed up than a sack of a drunken ferrets.

Though I agree with you on this statement...

How in Satan's glorious name do you know what a sack of drunken ferrets look like? Let alone how you managed to get them drunk! o.O

On topic: This is one of those things where the guy's running away with a leaking keg of black powder and the match was just lit at the other end. I do hope the fireworks are beautiful when it's all said and done.

If I told you, I'd have to kill you.

I will say one thing. It's not as fun as it sounds.

So it was you who broke into my malt liquor and exotic pet collection. This is why I can't have nice things.

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