A federal grand jury indicted revenge-porn king Hunter Moore for conspiracy to “access a protected computer without authorization to obtain information for private financial gain” and other counts on Thursday.
Moore claims to operate a revenge porn site that posts nude photos of people without their consent, IsAnyOneUp.com, and has been called “the most hated man on the Internet.”
Though the photos on the site are purportedly submitted by users, typically spurned lovers, it appears many photos were stolen.
An official at the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles indicated that Moore, 27, and a 25-year-old man named Charles “Gary” Evens were both indicted on the conspiracy charge as well as seven counts of unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information and seven counts of aggravated identity theft.
According to the indictment, Moore would pay Evens to hack the email accounts of victims and steal nude photos to post on the Internet.
Both men were arrested on Thursday morning and face up to five years in federal prison for each of the conspiracy and computer hacking counts if they are convicted. The aggravated identity theft charge comes with a mandatory two-year sentence.
“We’re ecstatic,” said revenge porn activist Charlotte Laws. “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.”
Moore seems undaunted by the charges, even taking time to tweet at Justin Bieber, who had his own run-in with the law on Thursday.
[NBC Los Angeles] [TIME]