Revenge-porn kingpin paid bargain basement prices for hacked nudes, court docs allege

Hunter Moore was once called "the most hated man on the Internet." He earned that reputation by running isanyoneup.com until 2012 -- a notorious (and popular) revenge-porn site where ex-lovers supposedly uploaded compromising pictures of their former flames to cause them emotional distress.

Moore's site was particularly malicious because it linked photos of victims to their real life identities -- listing full names, profession, city of residence, and social media site profiles, so the revealing images were often among the top Google search results for that individual.  A federal indictment against Moore Thursday alleges he also paid another man, Charles "Gary" Evens, to hack into the e-mails of victims and steal personal images for posting on the site. And the court documents suggest that it was depressingly cheap, too.

Evens pleaded not guilty in a Los Angeles court Thursday, while Moore appeared in a Sacramento court but did not enter a plea.

According to the documents, Moore first offered Evens $200 a week for his hacking skills.


But later the indictment cites e-mails suggesting Moore and Evens worked together on a case-by-case basis. At one point, Evens offered to supply nude photos he had found after hacking into the e-mails of 12 strangers for $250 -- about $20 a pop. Moore allegedly responded he would like "as many as possible."


But Moore may not have even paid the full asking price, the documents allege. The first Paypal payment the court documents note was $145.70 on or about Dec. 14, 2011 -- six days after Evens allegedly offered up the 12 photos for $250.


While the court documents also allege larger payments later on, it's unclear how many photos were involved. But the documents indicate none of those payments appears to have exceeded $900 at a time. If true, that suggests the going rate for violating the privacy of individuals in an incredibly personal way was remarkably low.

 

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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