Revenge Porn King Hunter Moore Arrested on Federal Charges

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Revenge porn king Hunter Moore was arrested today on federal charges of computer intrusion and conspiracy in connection with his website isanyoneup.com.  Also arrested was Charles Evens, who was reportedly paid by Moore, 27, to hack into email accounts and steal incriminating pictures of hundreds of innocent people.  Both men were taken into custody at their homes by the FBI.

The two men face 15 charges which include hacking and identity theft.  If convicted of the conspiracy and hacking charges, they could be sentenced to up to five years in prison.  In addition, any sentence resulting from a conviction on the aggravated identity theft charges would carry a two-year sentence to be run after any initial prison term is served.

The website was founded by Moore, once named “the most hated man on the Internet” by Rolling Stone, as a place where bitter ex-lovers could send in explicit images of their exes, which engendered the phrase “revenge porn” to describe the posted images.  In addition to the pictures, the site also posted names, social media information and the location of the victims.  Moore is accused of paying Evens, 25, $200 per week to provide the site a stream of new images by hacking into e-mails and stealing photos.  TIME magazine once named Hunter Moore, arrested today on federal charges, the “revenge porn king.”

The arrangement between Moore and Evens, made via email in 2011, was put into practice in Dec. 2011, when Moore was allegedly sent an email by Evens, who asked for $250 in exchange for photos of six men and six women.  Delighted with the success of the stolen pictures, Moore instructed Evens in January to “hack all week for me.”  More pictures and money were then exchanged.  It has been estimated that Moore was earning $13,000 per month while his website was posting dozens of pictures per day.

The indictment lists a total of eight primary victims identified only by their initials, whose nude pictures ended up on the now-defunct website.

Hunter Moore has always deflected any blame for his very public role in the website, insisting during interviews that the victims were to blame for snapping the pictures to begin with.  He also maintains that in this day and age, people should expect that something like this could happen because “somebody’s going to monetize this and I was the person to do it.”

Moore uses a section of the Communications Decency Act to profess his immunity from prosecution.  By having users of the site sign contracts agreeing to be liable for any legal consequences for the pictures they submit, Moore believes himself legally protected.

He was not protected in 2012 when he was fined $250,000 in civil court for the defamation of anti-bullying leader, James McGibney, who Moore suggested on Twitter was a pedophile in possession of child porn.  McGibney’s website, Bullyville.com,  eventually purchased the domain isanyoneup.com from Moore in 2012.

Revenge porn king Hunter Moore appeared in court after his arrest Thursday on federal charges but did not make a plea.  Evers has yet to appear in court.

By Jennifer Pfalz

Sources:

Wired
Monterey Herald
NBC News
Huffington Post
Mother Jones
BBC

One Response to "Revenge Porn King Hunter Moore Arrested on Federal Charges"

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