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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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chrissf4529 January 25 2014 at 1:32 AM

my father said thirty years ago,during the age of polaroid cameras."Nothing in writing, nothing in photos" I have always lived by this.

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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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capeschk January 25 2014 at 12:57 AM

Only 5 years? Give 'em 5 years for each person they violated.

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jaguara777 January 25 2014 at 12:51 AM

I had heard about this sick guy a few yrs ago. I wish he could get more than 5 yrs.

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redhededkewty January 25 2014 at 12:29 AM

If she dumped you, and you think 'revenge' is required in the form of posting her nude pix is correct behavior, she should've dropped you sooner and harder.

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zaidi.st January 25 2014 at 2:50 AM

zaidi.st@aol.com

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sunnyfox January 24 2014 at 11:46 PM

I'm really sad to hear that this guy got jail time for this. If people insist on taking pics of their vaginas, penises, etc.--then be prepared to have the world looking at it whether you like it or not----BOO F'ING HOO. Don't want your legs spread all over the internet? HERE'S A CLUE: DON'T TAKE PICTURES OF YOUR P*SSIES AND OTHER ANATOMICAL PARTS. It's just that simple, people. I have ZERO sympathy for ANYONE this stupid for taking pics of their genitalia---you DESERVE it.

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loflinpaintingco January 24 2014 at 11:25 PM

All I know is you shouldnt put yourself in the nude on the net. People have become so personal with the computer that they think it is a person itself. You cant hack and get nude pictures if none exist. The only thing that concerns me is children that do not know any better. Grown people should know better.

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reynir11 January 24 2014 at 6:58 PM

why do people have to be on...excuse me...."yawn yawn"... twitter and facebook all the time? it's just a place where people go to brag about themselves and let everyone know what a wonderful life they are having. in reality they are just insecure! I could care less about what others think say or do....except for my family and friends of course and I talk with all of them a great deal so I know what is going on in their lives. whatever you do on these moronic sites is up to you and so are the consequences!

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clmail40 January 24 2014 at 5:43 PM

two words: flash drive

keep that email account empty.

that is all...

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