AK357 and TheWireGuys Involved in IPVM Theft Ring

Author: John Honovich, Published on Feb 21, 2013

We have evidence and confirmation that multiple individuals are involved in a coordinated effort to steal and redistribute IPVM content.

Involved again is 'AK357' who stole access to IPVM last month. Additionally, our evidence shows that 'TheWireGuys' is involved.

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Comments (9)

Two Avigilon partners, not involved in this, objected to the title and the implication that they were thieves. Our point is about the specific ones mentioned, not all partners.

As to mentioning that they are Avigilon partners, both AK357 and TheWireGuys have relentlessly promoted Avigilon for years, nearly exclusively. Plus, these series of events were triggered last month with their responses/protests to the Avigilon marketing critique series.

Update Feb 27: Here is how both market themselves on CCTVForum.com:

One's only identification is Avigilon, the other one's lead camera / VMS offering identified is Avigilon.

Though I would love to share IPVM articles with my employees, I respect John's admonitions not to share articles and logins - there's too much good information here I would miss if my membership was terminated. It's unfortunate others don't feel the same way.

Interestingly, and related to another article on IPVM, I still read and post occasionally on cctvforum under the username of survtech. ak357 and thewireguys are quite active there, as probably are the others mentioned (is Tom tomcctv?)

I find it highly disturbing when people involved in security/asset protection are dishonest. How could a client trust them?

Theft is theft. John, protect your property.

I ask IPVM for permission to use info from their web site but what is the association with Avigilon, that they are partners? The connection with Avigilon seems irrelevant to the story.

'Undisclosed' manufacturer, answered 3 comments above.

I sell Avigilon product but have no association with the people you are calling out on this so i have to agree with Undisclose Manufacturer,The connection with Avigilon seems irrelevant to the story.

To the people posting "Avigilon has nothing to do with it" clearly don't understand how hard it is to get people to read pages on the Internet.. Wire Guys are a large, and very vocal Avigilon integrator(the most vocal on Social Media perhaps), they apparently have been stealing IP of IPVM... Story Title written.

How can you not trust a company who installed a system at Tim's Ugly Mug?

Note: I modified the title from "Avigilon Partners in IPVM Theft Ring' to 'Avigilon Partners Involved in IPVM Theft Ring,' adding in the verb 'involved'. In the original title, the word 'partners' is a noun but I can see how it can be misunderstood to be a verb, implying that Avigilon is partnering with a theft ring. As I made clear early, I do not believe this. It is Avigilon Partners who are involved, not Avigilon. The revised title should make this clearer.

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