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Notorious 'revenge' pornster charged with hacking

'Revenge Porn King' Hunter Moore Arrested For Hacking

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 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 Thursday at his home in Woodland. FBI agents also arrested Charles Evens, 25, of the Studio City area of Los Angeles.

Evens pleaded not guilty in a Los Angeles court while Moore appeared in court in Sacramento but didn't enter a plea, U.S. attorney's spokesman Thom Mrozek said.

Both remained jailed.

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

From 2010 to 2012, 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, 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 a 2012 article on Moore in Rolling Stone magazine.

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

In an email to Moore, Evens said what he was doing was illegal, and in other emails, Moore offered to pay Evens $200 a week and asked him to use an anonymous PayPal account to avoid detection of the scheme, according to the indictment. Evens was paid as much as $900 at one time, prosecutors contend.

Moore told BBC that he made as much as $20,000 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 finally sold the website to an anti-cyberbullying organization, saying his notoriety had resulted in people sending him a flood of child pornography and other images.

But he defended the site as well, even though he acknowledged in the 2012 BBC interview that posting the photos could "definitely affect someone's livelihood."

"I just monetize people's mistakes that they made, and it's kind of a shady business. But if it wasn't me, somebody else was going to do it," he said.

In a 2012 interview on CNN's "Dr. Drew" show, a woman who called in to the show chastised Moore for refusing requests to remove naked selfies of her daughter and alleged they came from a hacked account.

"I'm sure she sent the pictures to a million different guys and just ended up on my site just like everybody else," Moore said, although he added that he didn't want to hurt her daughter.

"I`m sorry that your daughter was cyber-raped. But, I mean, now she's educated on technology," he added.

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marksatirv January 25 2014 at 1:11 AM

Never send an email photo to anyone that you don't want plastered all over the Internet for the next 30 years.

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Brea January 24 2014 at 9:44 AM

5 years possible time for "the most hated man in the world" seems like a slap on the wrist. It's like giving Al Capone 5 years for murder one. Ruining people's lives deliberately should be worth a lot more than receiving 5 measly years in prison.

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slanted mofo Brea January 24 2014 at 9:59 AM

Your comparison to Al Capone doesn't work because Al Capone never did time for murder.

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reann648 January 24 2014 at 9:41 AM


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rvscram January 24 2014 at 9:35 AM

arrogant prick. hopefully he meets someone in prison whose daughter he put a picture of on his site.

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U2Fish4JC January 24 2014 at 9:24 AM

It is never a good idea today to have a picture taken of you that could come back to haunt you, but that being said, this guy is about as scummy and low life as can be. 5 years is too short, especially if he was hacking and stealing pictures. Why did they close Alcatraz?

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windingflashez January 24 2014 at 11:11 AM

This is True however the only one I can see in this is the Lady / Individual in the Wheel Chair seeing more then likely she may have been a Medicare Medicade Individual. Any individual that does this is 100% responsible with a Disablilty in this condition of ciscumentace. As for the others they should have thought before they emailed any images in thoughts on behalf of the wheel chair itself.
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windingflashez windingflashez January 24 2014 at 11:16 AM

You Could say this on behalf of the Russian President however the Lady Gaga reward was real in itself from nobel Peace Prize. As for the Return of the explicit underage that is too be excpeted in any of those circumstances ... scary

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J.A. Smith January 24 2014 at 9:19 AM

This is why we used to make Polaroid cameras -- so you didn't have to take your homemade porn pics to the developer. Or, for you kids out there -- so you don't have to upload them to the internet. Because, even if you've kept your pics "private" on your email account, anyone with the know-how can break in and steal them. And, at the very least, there's probably 50 NSA spies with copies. That's how I imagine they start their meetings -- pass around all the homemade porno they've stolen.

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annabelle_johnson14 January 24 2014 at 9:18 AM

For all of these comments saying these girls have "learned their lesson," not all of these pictures were people sexting their boyfriends. They were HACKED, including pictures intended for doctors after surgeries and pictures stolen of girls changing with opened webcams. These men deserve to be in jail for far longer than 5 years.

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Eric annabelle_johnson14 January 24 2014 at 9:35 AM

Agreed....to a point. Any pictures stolen by any neans, particularly hacking, need to be dealt with harshly. Pictures sent out to others (who now own them) should not fit this catagory.

There shouldn't even be a parole hearing in five years. We have all this cyber crime being glossed over because it doesn't have an element of violence. But it still destroys lives. 5 years? I'd be handing out 5 decades if I were the judge. We need to make crimes more expensive than the value of the the crime.

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Ciao Baby! January 24 2014 at 9:17 AM

I wonder how arrogant and self-righteous he will be after spending a few years in federal prison.

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blackcoffeeparty Ciao Baby! January 24 2014 at 9:25 AM

It's not like he's going to a maximum security prison. It's more like a resort you know, club fed

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Eric blackcoffeeparty January 24 2014 at 9:40 AM

Nooooo. There is a misconception that federal prisons are easy time. Those sent to such places as Club Fed are rare. And tend to be well connected such as congressmen.

Federal charges, federal time and federal facilities are not picnics. They are real prisons with real cells. And generally when a federal judge says 5 years you're doing 5 years.

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soccerbob1152 January 24 2014 at 9:15 AM

send him to do a tour in northern Afghanistan, by himself and with a sign on his forehead saying: "I hate and hunt Talibans".....lets see how long he'll last...creepy POS!

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