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U.S. v. Hunter Moore and Charles Evens: Email Hacking

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The United States District Court for the Central District of California indicted Hunter Moore, 27, and Charles "Gary" Evens, 25, on charges of conspiracy, unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information and aggravated identity theft. The indictment stems from allegations that Moore, who has been called the "king of revenge porn," paid Evens to hack into private computers, stole nude photos, and posted the photos on a now-defunct website.

 

In the 15-count indictment, it is alleged that "Beginning on an unknown date and continuing through on or about May 2, 2012, in Los Angeles County, within the Central District of California, and elsewhere, defendants Moore and Evens, together with others known and unknown to the Grand Jury, knowingly combined, conspired, and agreed to commit the following offense against the United States: to access a protected computer without authorization to obtain information for private financial gain, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1030 (a)(2)(C), (c)(2)(B)(i)."

The indictment does not charge Moore with hosting inappropriate images that were uploaded by others to his website, but focus on the alleged violation of hacking laws because he paid Evens to obtain the images. Most states do not have "revenge porn laws" at present, but many are working to enact such laws. In California, an anti-revenge-porn law was passed, but has been criticized by activists and victims between it does not apply to those who take photos themselves, which represents some 80 percent of the victims.

In 2012, Moore gave an interview in which he stated his confidence that owning a website that published nude photos of individuals without their consent was protection under the Communications Decency Act (1996) Section 230. This provision was designed to protect free publishing on the web.

Moore and Even were arrested by the FBI. Evens pleaded not guilty in federal court and was released on bond. Moore's "detention" is sought by federal officials. The men were arrested on the basis of several emails they exchanged, which discussed Moore's employment of Evens to hack into private computers, how to avoid detection by using anonymous PayPal accounts, According to the indictment, Moore asked Evens "to send him naked pictures and stating that he would send payments."

Resources

U.S. v. Hunter Moore and Charles "Gary" Evens, Indictment

"Revenge Porn King Hunter Moore Was Arrested, But Not for Hosting Revenge Porn"

 

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