Revenge-porn kingpin Hunter Moore faces 2 to 7 years in prison

The Internet’s most notorious revenge-porn kingpin has pled guilty to criminal hacking and identity theft charges.

Hunter Moore, 28, created and ran the now-defunct website Is Anyone Up, which was famous for posting salacious user-submitted pictures between 2010 and 2012. He was arrested by the FBI in early 2014—not for simply running the site, but for allegedly partnering with a man named Charles Evens to hack various email accounts for nude photos to populate the site.

In his plea deal, Moore pled guilty to both identity theft and violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), the country’s main hacking law. He faces between two and seven years in prison.

As part of their evidence, the FBI cited an email Moore sent to Evens in which Moore asked him to hack into accounts and find “as many” nude photos “as possible.” Prosecutors said that Evens then sent Moore a nude photo that soon appeared on the site, and that Moore quickly paid Evens $145.70 through PayPal.

Despite his site’s clear status as a revenge-porn haven, Moore wasn’t actually charged with the most practice most commonly associated with revenge porn operations: demanding payment to take photos down.

Two weeks ago, Kevin Bollaert, who, like Moore, hails from California, became the first person in the U.S. to be found guilty of extortion for running a revenge-porn site.

H/T Adam Steinbaugh | Photo via aliceintheflowers/deviantArt (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Kevin Collier

Kevin Collier

A former senior politics reporter for the Daily Dot, Kevin Collier focuses on privacy, cybersecurity, and issues of importance to the open internet. Since leaving the Daily Dot in March 2016, he has served as a reporter for Vocativ and a cybersecurity correspondent for BuzzFeed.