Activists thought they had scored a major victory in Ecuador forcing Chevron to pay $18.2 billion dollars for dumping waste into the Amazon, but “payback is hell” as they say. A U.S. judge has allowed Chevron to subpoena the IP usage records of over 100 environmental activists. The subpoena would not allow Chevron to read particular emails, but would allow it to obtain the professional and personal sites visited by activists over a nine year period.

Chevron is charging the activists with fraud, but the judge has allowed the corporation to go on a fishing expedition to discover other personal data about any who would challenge its actions.