CRIME

Hunter Moore Has Been Arrested by the FBI

CRIME
Jan 23, 2014 at 2:56 PM ET

Two weeks ago, I profiled the 27-year-old Hunter Moore, the notorious figure behind IsAnyoneUp.com, a revenge porn website.

Today the FBI arrested him—along with one other man, Charles Evens—for allegedly hacking into users’ email accounts that were associated IsAnyoneUp.com. The FBI is accusing them of hacking into the email accounts, extracting nude photos and unlawfully posting the pictures on Moore’s site, IsAnyoneUp.com.

The indictment alleges that Moore entered into an agreement with Evens stipulating that Moore would pay Evens anywhere between $145 and $250 per hacked photo. In one email, Evens requests $250 from Moore for finding nude photos of “6 guys and 6 girls.” In another, Moore asks for “as many” nude photos as Evens can get. Just from the emails cited in the indictment, Evens allegedly made thousands of dollars from his end of the bargain.

According to a press release emailed to me by a representative of the Los Angeles FBI field office, Moore and Evens face a 15-count indictment. If they’re found guilty of all charges, they could face up to 30 years in prison each.

Evens and Moore are being charged with conspiracy, seven counts of unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information and seven counts of aggravated identity theft.

From the press release:

According to the indictment, Moore operated the website http://isanyoneup.com, where he posted, among other things, nude or sexually explicit photos of victims. The pictures were submitted without the victim’s permission for purposes of revenge. However, to obtain more photos to populate the site, Moore allegedly instructed Evens to gain unauthorized access to – in other words, to hack into – victims’ e-mail accounts. Moore sent payments to Evens in exchange for nude photos obtained unlawfully from the victims’ accounts. Moore then posted the illegally obtained photos on his website, without the victims’ consent.

To be clear, this isn’t the first time Moore has had a run-in with the law. Since May 2012, he’s been under FBI investigation, shortly after he was forced to shut down his porn site, IsAnyoneUp.com.

And here is the full indictment:

Revenge Porn – Moore-Evens Indictment

Moore is a mercurial character. After our original story was published, Moore was unhappy and took to Twitter to bash us online. Brian Feldman, my colleague here at Vocativ, explained in a follow-up post how Moore used his online following to try and silence us.