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"Revenge Porn King" Cuts Plea Deal In Hacking Case

Hunter Moore — the nefarious, unapologetic founder of a revenge porn website — has agreed to plead guilty to federal charges of hacking and identity theft, prosecutors said.

Posted on February 18, 2015, at 7:10 p.m. ET

The man who attracted national headlines and near-universal ire after creating a "revenge porn" website has agreed to plead guilty to federal charges involving hacking and identity theft, prosecutors announced Wednesday.

Known as the "Revenge Porn King," Hunter Moore was arrested last year by the FBI and accused of paying someone to hack into people's email accounts and steal nude photos so they could be posted on his website.

Moore had already caught the public spotlight with the founding of his site IsAnyoneUp. In it, nude photos were submitted anonymously and without the approval of people in the photographs — often to get back at their ex.

Moore was unapologetic during the public outcry that followed.

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After his initial site was shut down, he told Buzzfeed he planned to launch a new one because he was "just fucking bored, dude."

Yet according to the plea agreement, Moore admitted to paying 25-year-old Charles Evens to hack into email accounts and steal nude photos for his website, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles.

Moore was charged with 15 counts, including conspiracy, unauthorized access to a computer and identity theft.

Under the deal reached with prosecutors and filed Wednesday in federal court, Moore agreed to plead guilty to two of the 15 criminal counts he was originally charged with — accessing a protected computer for financial gain and aggravated identity theft.

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Moore will also be required to notify his probation officer before he can access a computer or the internet for the first time. That includes any device that can log on, including cell phones or gaming equipment.

All screen names, passwords, email accounts and ISPs that Moore has access to must be given to his probation officer.

He is also banned from contacting any of the victims, or from having any access to sexual images of them, according to the indictment.

Evens, who is facing the same 15 counts Moore was originally charged with, is scheduled to be in court for trial March 17.

Moore could be sentenced to between two and five years in federal prison, as well as face a maximum fine of $500,000, when he is sentenced next week. In exchange, the U.S. Attorney's Office agreed to dismiss the remaining 13 counts against him.

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