Apparently, Verant then decided to ban anyone who had posted to that thread, and actually claimed to people who had asked why they were banned that the message board’s hosts (gamerealm.com) had provided them with the IP addresses needed to implement the bans.
This was a surprise to said message board hosts, who posted a complete denial that they had cooperated with Verant in this manner.
As another user commented, They did not care that the one that was doing wrong was caught, they simply wanted someone to blame, and attacked.
As the users of the UO Prostitute message board can tell you, if you’re going to post to message boards, your account could be at risk.
Because, as you should know by now, the Internet is actually owned by Electronic Arts and Sony. It’s a joint operating agreement, I think.