Monday 19 February 2018

'Revenge porn king' arrested for hacking

Associated Press

A notorious "revenge porn" website operator and another California man have been charged with stealing nude photos from hundreds of hacked email accounts and posting the images online.

Hunter Moore (27), who has been dubbed by some media outlets as "the most hated man on the internet", was arrested at his home. FBI agents also arrested Charles Evens (25) of the Studio City area of LA.

Mr Evens pleaded not guilty in an LA court, while Mr Moore appeared in court in Sacramento but didn't enter a plea, the US attorney's spokesman Thom Mrozek said.

Both remained jailed.

A 15-count federal indictment charges the men with conspiracy, computer hacking, aggravated identity theft, and aiding and abetting. They could face up to five years in prison if convicted.

From 2010 to 2012, Mr Moore ran a website called isanyoneup.com that posted nude and explicit photos, including some submitted to the site by former lovers and spouses without the permission of the people in them. Alongside the photos, Mr Moore included the name and other details of the people depicted.

The photos included an 'American Idol' finalist, the daughter of a major Republican donor, and a woman in a wheelchair.

According to the indictment, Mr Evens was paid for providing Mr Moore with nude photos that he obtained by hacking or using other means to access hundreds of email accounts.

Mr Moore told the BBC that he made as much as $20,000 (€14,600) a month in advertising revenue.

He ignored cease-and-desist orders and scoffed at challenges to the ethics of his site, although in 2012 he sold the website to an anti-cyberbullying organisation, saying his notoriety had resulted in people sending him a flood of child pornography.

Irish Independent

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