Hunter Moore

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Hunter Moore
Born (1986-03-09) March 9, 1986 (age 29)
Sacramento, California, United States
Nationality American
Occupation Entrepreneur, internet personality
Known for Is Anyone Up?

Hunter Moore (born March 9, 1986) is an American felon from Sacramento, California. He started and managed the now defunct "revenge porn" website Is Anyone Up? until its closing in April 2012. He also managed a small career as a disc jockey.

Moore was arrested by the FBI on January 23, 2014 for numerous counts of identity theft and security breach.

Is Anyone Up?[edit]

Moore started the website in 2010. It featured revealing photos and videos of real men and women, linked to their social networking profiles on Facebook or Twitter.[1] Many of the subjects were outraged by the publicity, claiming that the explicit photos had been hacked from their personal computers or shared with former boyfriends or girlfriends, and that the photos had been posted as form of revenge. Because of this, the site's content became known as "revenge porn", but in an investigation by Charlotte Laws, a substantial portion of victims contacted stated that the pictures were outright stolen (40% had their computer or phone hacked only days before their pictures appeared on Moore's website) and another 12% stated that the pictures were fabricated, with their faces photoshopped onto or posted next to shots of nude bodies that were not theirs.[2] The site attracted a great deal of attention, some of it salacious, much of it condemnatory.

Moore claimed that the website attracted 30 million page views monthly as well as yielding $10,000 a month in ad revenue.[3]

Moore eventually faced numerous lawsuits, an FBI investigation[2][4] and he was stabbed in the shoulder with a pen by a woman who had been featured on the site.[4][5][6]

On April 19, 2012, Moore sold the website to an antibullying group.[7] He posted an open letter explaining his decision.[8]

FBI investigation[edit]

In 2012, Moore and a colleague hacker named Charles Evens (who went under the alias of "Gary Jones") were suspected of hacking-related crimes.[9] The Wire stated that "on multiple occasions, [Moore] paid Evens to break into the email accounts of victims and steal nude photos to post on the website isanyoneup.com."[10] When it became apparent to Moore that news about his FBI investigation was beginning to surface to the public, Moore responded with "I will literally fucking buy a first-class fucking plane ticket right now, eat an amazing meal, buy a gun in New York, and fucking kill whoever [talked about my FBI investigation]. I'm that pissed over it. I'm actually mad right now."[9]

Moore also threatened to burn down The Village Voice headquarters if they ran a story about his FBI investigation. They nevertheless ran the story.[9]

Defamation judgment[edit]

On March 8, 2013, Bullyville founder James McGibney won a $250,000 defamation judgment against Moore, after Moore reportedly called McGibney a "pedophile" and threatened to rape his wife.[11]

Indictment[edit]

On January 23, 2014, Moore was indicted in a federal court in California following an arrest by the FBI on charges of conspiracy, unauthorized access to a protected computer, and aggravated identity theft.[7][12] Many of these crimes were allegedly committed in an effort to obtain nude images of people against their will.[7]

Moore was released two days later from Sacramento County Jail on a $100,000 bond. He is allowed no access to the Internet and is required by law to dismantle the archives he owns for the Is Anyone Up? database while the FBI monitors him doing so.[13]

Twitter hacking[edit]

On January 24, 2015, exactly one year since Moore had last tweeted, tweets began to appear on his account making it seem like he had returned to the internet. Moore's mother revealed that his account was either taken over or hacked and he had nothing to do with the tweets.[14]

Guilty plea[edit]

On February 18, 2015, Moore entered a guilty plea with the Central District of California U.S. Attorney's Office, in which he admitted to aiding and abetting hacking, and aggravated identity theft. Under the plea, he would serve a minimum of two years in prison, and a maximum of seven years and a $500,000 fine.[15]

Conviction[edit]

In February 2015, Moore plead guilty to aggravated identity theft and aiding and abetting in the unauthorized access of a computer. In addition to his mandatory prison sentence, Moore also agreed to a three-year period of supervised probation, a minimum $500,000 fine and an order that he delete all the data on his seized computers.[16]

On July 2, 2015, Charles Evens pleaded guilty to charges of computer hacking and identity theft, confessing to stealing hundreds of images from women's email accounts and selling them to Moore. He faces up to seven years in a federal prison and will be sentenced on November 16. Moore will be sentenced in September.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Moore reportedly dropped out of high school at a young age.[18]

Because of his controversy, the administrators of Facebook deleted any and all accounts that they suspect Hunter Moore has created on the website.[18][19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Zelmer, Emily. "Naked & Famous: How A Risque New Website Pushes Boundaries And Buttons". Alternative Press. Retrieved 18 December 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Laws, Charlotte. "I've been called the "Erin Brockovich" of revenge porn, and for the first time ever, here is my entire uncensored story of death threats, Anonymous and the FBI". XoJane. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Gold, Danny. "The Man Who Makes Money Publishing Your Nude Pics". The Awe. Retrieved 18 December 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Dodero, Camille (2012-04-04). "Hunter Moore Makes a Living Screwing You". Village Voice. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  5. ^ Amanda Hess (5 December 2012). "Hunter Moore's Biggest Fan". Slate. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  6. ^ Morris, Alex (11 October 2012). "Hunter Moore: The Most Hated Man on the Internet". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c Neil, Martha (24 January 2014). "‘Most hated man on the Internet’ is charged with email hacking to get photos for revenge porn site". American Bar Association. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Isanyoneup.com, revenge porn website, shuts down after selling to anti-bullying group". BullyVille. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c Dodero, Camille. ""Gary Jones" Wants Your Nudes". Village Voice. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  10. ^ Simpson, Connor. "Revenge Porn King Hunter Moore Arrested for Hacking Email Accounts". The Wire. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  11. ^ Dodero, Camille (2013-12-13). "How Revenge-Porn Publisher Hunter Moore Suffered $250,000 Worth of Payback". Gawker. Retrieved 2014-01-24. 
  12. ^ "FBI Arrests "The Most Hated Man on the Internet," Revenge-Porn King Hunter Moore". MSN. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  13. ^ Ian McDonald: King of Revenge Porn’ Released to Parents, Now Grounded with No Internet, Fox 40, January 25, 2014/
  14. ^ "No, Twitter, Revenge Porn Pioneer Hunter Moore Has Not Made A Triumphant Online Return". The Smoking Gun. January 24, 2015. 
  15. ^ Danielle Citron (18 February 2015). "Ding Dong, Revenge Porn King Hunter Moore Is Going To Jail". Forbes. 
  16. ^ Hamilton, Matt (25 February 2015). "'King of Revenge Porn' pleads guilty, faces up to 7 years in prison". latimes.com (Los Angeles Times). 
  17. ^ Rubin, Joel (2 July 2015). "In 'revenge porn' hacking case, man pleads guilty". latimes.com (Los Angeles Times). 
  18. ^ a b Dickson, EJ. "Daily Dot". Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  19. ^ "Hunter Moore: IsAnyoneUp Founder Could Be the Most Hated Man on the Internet - Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. 

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