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YouGotPosted revenge porn site owner sentenced to 18 years

The sentencing of Kevin Bollaert stopped an all-day hearing where several victims told of the humiliation inflicted by his actions. Bollaert burst into tears as he listened to testimony from victims and his mom.

The sentence was at the high end of the range; Bollaert faced a maximum of 20 years. In explaining his punishment, the judge noted that he stacked the sentencing terms based on the multiple victims.

Considering credits for good behavior, Bollaert could be eligible for parole after 10 years, the judge noted.

YouGotPosted revenge porn site owner sentenced

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Bollaert must pay $10,000 in restitution.

Bollaert was convicted of 27 counts of extortion and identity theft in connection to the tens of thousands of pictures posted online.

Bollaert would subsequently require hundreds of dollars from individuals to remove their pictures through another web site he possessed once they were printed.

Prosecutors called Bollaert “vindictive” and promised he took pleasure out of hurting his female victims with the web being his “tool of destruction.”
In court Friday, the judge their son has said he’s shown remorse was told by his parents.

“He’s said many times he wishes he never made the site… If he could return and alter it all, he’d,” they said in a statement to the court.

One after another victims shared how they were damaged by the activities of Bollaert.

“It’s just broken me on a level that’s not describable,” one girl told the court.

Another described how she’s haunted by her photographs being made people, saying,”If someone looks at me? She also described her experience as a day-to-day challenge.

A third victim said she’s difficulty recognizing Bollaert as a human being.

The case centered on a now defunct site called YouGotPosted.com, created by Bollaert so ex husbands and ex boyfriends could submit uncomfortable pictures of victims for retaliation. The pictures also linked to sufferers’ social media reports.

Prosecutors say those who needed to get the photos taken down were redirected to another one of Bollaert’s websites, ChangeMyReputation.com. There, $300 to $350 were charged to have their pictures removed.

State law forbids anyone from posting identifiable naked pictures online after a break up, punishable with $1,000 or six months in jail.

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Notorious revenge porn site operator Hunter Moore charged with hacking

A notorious “revenge porn” website operator and another California man have been charged with stealing nude photos from hundreds of hacked email accounts and posting the images online.

Hunter Moore, 27, who has been dubbed by some media outlets as “the most hated man on the Internet,” was arrested Thursday at his home in Woodland. FBI agents also arrested Charles Evens, 25, of the Studio City area of Los Angeles.

Evens pleaded not guilty in a Los Angeles court while Moore appeared in court in Sacramento but didn’t enter a plea, U.S. attorney’s spokesman Thom Mrozek said.

Both remained jailed.

A 15-count federal indictment issued this week in Los Angeles charges the men with conspiracy, computer hacking, aggravated identity theft, and aiding and abetting. They could face up to five years in federal prison if convicted.

From 2010 to 2012, Moore ran a website called isanyoneup.com that posted nude and explicit photos, including some submitted to the site by former lovers and spouses without the permission of the people in them. Alongside the photos, Moore included the name and other details of the people depicted.

The photos included an “American Idol” finalist, the daughter of a major Republican donor, and a woman in a wheelchair, according to a 2012 article on Moore in Rolling Stone magazine.

According to the indictment, Evens was paid for providing Moore with nude photos that he obtained by hacking or using other means to accessing hundreds of email accounts.

In an email to Moore, Evens said what he was doing was illegal, and in other emails, Moore offered to pay Evens $200 a week and asked him to use an anonymous PayPal account to avoid detection of the scheme, according to the indictment. Evens was paid as much as $900 at one time, prosecutors contend.

Moore told BBC that he made as much as $20,000 a month in advertising revenue. He ignored cease-and-desist orders and scoffed at challenges to the ethics of his site, although in 2012 he finally sold the website to an anti-cyberbullying organization, saying his notoriety had resulted in people sending him a flood of child pornography and other images.

But he defended the site as well, even though he acknowledged in the 2012 BBC interview that posting the photos could “definitely affect someone’s livelihood.”

“I just monetize people’s mistakes that they made, and it’s kind of a shady business. But if it wasn’t me, somebody else was going to do it,” he said.

In a 2012 interview on CNN’s “Dr. Drew” show, a woman who called in to the show chastised Moore for refusing requests to remove naked selfies of her daughter and alleged they came from a hacked account.

“I’m sure she sent the pictures to a million different guys and just ended up on my site just like everybody else,” Moore said, although he added that he didn’t want to hurt her daughter.

“I`m sorry that your daughter was cyber-raped. But, I mean, now she’s educated on technology,” he added.

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