Revenge porn kingpin is out on bail. But he’s banned from the Internet.


A screenshot from a Youtube interview with Hunter Moore in July 2012. (YouTube)

Hunter Moore created the notorious revenge porn site isanyoneup.com. He's facing 15 federal charges related to the operation of the site. According to local media reports, he was released on $100,000 bond Friday. Moore was reportedly released into the custody of his parents on the condition that he stay off the Internet, dismantle his social media accounts and submit to drug tests.

The purveyors of revenge porn sites, which allow ex-lovers to submit compromising photos of their former flames for posting online, are typically protected by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. That law prohibits operators from being held liable for user-submitted content. But court documents allege that Moore paid for the services of a hacker who broke into e-mail accounts and provided stolen nudes for posting on his site, which he shuttered in 2012.

Moore and the alleged hacker, Charles Evens, were both indicted Thursday for crimes including seven counts of aggravated identity theft, seven counts of unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information, and conspiracy.

Coverage of Moore's revenge porn empire before the indictment shows an unapologetic figure who seemed to revel in being a "professional life ruiner," as his Twitter bio once boasted. And the court documents allege that Moore paid Evens a pretty paltry sum for hacked nude photos to expose unknowing victims to harsh public scrutiny.

But Moore doesn't seem to enjoy having cameras pointed at him during unflattering situations:  Local media reports he hid his head in a jacket while leaving the Sacramento County Jail on Friday led by three men — one of whom pushed down a local cameraman.

Andrea Peterson covers technology policy for The Washington Post, with an emphasis on cybersecurity, consumer privacy, transparency, surveillance and open government.
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A screenshot from a Youtube interview with Hunter Moore in July 2012. (YouTube)

Hunter Moore created the notorious revenge porn site isanyoneup.com. He's facing 15 federal charges related to the operation of the site. According to local media reports, he was released on $100,000 bond Friday. Moore was reportedly released into the custody of his parents on the condition that he stay off the Internet, dismantle his social media accounts and submit to drug tests.

The purveyors of revenge porn sites, which allow ex-lovers to submit compromising photos of their former flames for posting online, are typically protected by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. That law prohibits operators from being held liable for user-submitted content. But court documents allege that Moore paid for the services of a hacker who broke into e-mail accounts and provided stolen nudes for posting on his site, which he shuttered in 2012.

Moore and the alleged hacker, Charles Evens, were both indicted Thursday for crimes including seven counts of aggravated identity theft, seven counts of unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information, and conspiracy.

Coverage of Moore's revenge porn empire before the indictment shows an unapologetic figure who seemed to revel in being a "professional life ruiner," as his Twitter bio once boasted. And the court documents allege that Moore paid Evens a pretty paltry sum for hacked nude photos to expose unknowing victims to harsh public scrutiny.

But Moore doesn't seem to enjoy having cameras pointed at him during unflattering situations:  Local media reports he hid his head in a jacket while leaving the Sacramento County Jail on Friday led by three men — one of whom pushed down a local cameraman.

Andrea Peterson covers technology policy for The Washington Post, with an emphasis on cybersecurity, consumer privacy, transparency, surveillance and open government.
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