Another day, another revenge porn site operator arrested. Hunter Moore, who Time called "the most hated man on the Internet” for his alleged operation of a revenge-porn website, was indicted on Thursday by a federal grand jury, Time said.
Moore's arrest follows the arrest of Kevin Bollaert, a 27-year-old San Diego resident, who ran a similar revenge porn site. Bollaert was arrested in mid-December.
Moore, also 27, has claimed to be the operator of isanyoneup.com, a revenge porn site. The arrest is less about revenge porn, though, and more about hacking. The indictment charges that Moore paid a man, Charles "Gary" Evens, 25, to hack into the email accounts of hundreds of women in order to obtain sexually explicit images for the site.
In typical revenge porn fashion, the images were put online and victims would have to pay to have them removed.
Moore and Evens were charged with conspiracy, seven counts of unauthorized access to a protected computer, and seven counts of aggravated identity theft for a total of 15 counts. If convicted, they both face a maximum penalty of five years in prison for each -- each, mind you -- of the conspiracy and computer hacking counts.
The full indictment can be viewed here. In part, it says:
Defendant EVENS would gain unauthorized access to the e-mail accounts of hundreds of victims (the "victims' accounts") by various means, including "hacking" into the victims' accounts, and obtain information, including nude pictures, belonging to the victims and stored on the victims' accounts.
Defendant EVENS would send nude pictures obtained from the victims' accounts to defendant MOORE in exchange for payment.
Defendant MOORE, aware that defendant EVENS had obtained the nude pictures by gaining unauthorized access into the victims' accounts, would send payments to defendant EVENS using PayPal or directly from his bank account in exchange for the nude pictures, would offer defendant EVENS additional money to obtain unlawfully additional nude pictures, and would post the victims' nude pictures on his website, http://isanyoneup.com, without the victims' authorization.
Charlotte Laws, an activist who has been stumping for Moore's arrest for years, said:
We’re ecstatic. We’re super pleased that the FBI have brought this to fruition. I’ve talked to several of the victims and they are extremely pleased and I know all the victims are going to feel happy and they are going to feel that finally justice is being served.
Laws also says her daughter is one of the victims listed in the indictment, which gives only their first and last initials.
"Revenge porn" begins when relationships end, and involves the posting of private photos, sometimes to multiple sites, without a subject's knowledge or consent. These are, of course, sexually explicit or nude images of the subject. Some sites even specialize in revenge porn photos and charge the subject hefty fees to remove them.
This is the latest legal setback for Moore; in March of 2013 he was ordered to pay $250,000 in damages to the chief executive of BullyVille.com, an anti-bullying website, James McGibney. Eventually, Moore sold isanyoneup.com to McGibney, claiming a change of heart.