By Alex Distefano
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By Alan Scherstuhl
By Tessa Stuart
Hunter Moore said he would set fire to the Voice's office if I wrote this. Actually, the 26-year-old's exact words were, "Honestly, I will be fucking furious, and I will burn down fucking The Village Voice headquarters if you fucking write anything saying I have an FBI investigation."
Some background: Hunter Moore is a self-made Internet villain. For more than a year, the Sacramento native published nude cell-phone photos of 18- to 30-year-olds, usually against their will, on his blog Is Anyone Up. Some of the people posted were publicly notable: pop-punk bassists, an Ultimate Frisbee champ, an American Idol finalist, the founder of Dream Water, Twilight star Kiowa Gordon. The majority of them were not: a Taco Bell employee from Orlando; a wheelchair-bound St. Louis community-college student; a high school English teacher in Hamilton City, California. What made these online betrayals even more vindictive was that they appeared alongside the unwitting model's full name, social-media profile, and city of residence—private citizens in vulnerably explicit positions, just a Google search away from friends, enemies, parents, employers.
Just as troubling was that publishing these nudes was a legal act. Is Anyone Up branded itself as a "revenge porn" site, encouraging angry exes to send, anonymously, their former partners' nudes. Many people did. So the breasts, penises, and asses on Hunter Moore's site were, the story went, supplied by avenging cuckolds, embittered former friends, and other people with scores to settle. Because this content came from third-party users, Moore wasn't legally held responsible, thanks to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996, the same powerful shield that prevents Facebook (or the Voice, for that matter) from being sued for what users post.
Is Anyone Up quickly became a lurker's paradise, a life-ruiner, and a public-shame catalog. As the site's popularity spiked, Hunter Moore became a cult of personality, the anti–Mark Zuckerberg, a polarizing figure the BBC called "the Net's most hated man." He received countless death threats, cease-and-desist letters, and a Facebook ban. Last summer, a San Francisco woman he'd posted stabbed him in the shoulder. Infinitely quotable and ruthlessly unapologetic, Moore also drew an army of online supporters, kids who called him a devious genius, professed their love for him, and wanted to have sex with him, which he made a sport of publicly. Anderson Cooper tapped Moore as a guest, a Nightline crew came to his house, and I wrote a cover profile about him for this newspaper.
But along the way, as more unsuspecting subjects ended up on Is Anyone Up, more of them claimed that they'd been hacked—that someone had actually gained access to their e-mail accounts and stolen their images, which had not, in fact, been previously sent to people who later submitted them for publication after relationships soured.
Naturally, this excuse sounded flimsy, if not preposterous. "Everybody can claim they're getting hacked," Moore told me in April. "That's the easiest way to fucking get out of it—'Oh, I fucking shoved my finger in my asshole, and I sent it to this dude who looked hella cute and had a face tattoo on Twitter. And I'm gonna say I got hacked.' Let's be real, you're a fucking whore, and you just met the dude, and you thought he was cute."
That conversation happened the same day as a stunning development: Moore suddenly sold his domain to an anti-bullying site, bullyville.com, and effectively shut down Is Anyone Up on April 19. "I'm fucking sick of looking at little kids naked, and I'm sick of my fucking site. I'm sick of fucking people calling me a 'faggot' and telling me to kill myself," he told me. "I'm tired of fucking looking out the window and thinking somebody's going to fucking come through and murder me in my sleep." He insisted that his decision to shutter Is Anyone Up had nothing to do with law-enforcement pressure. "Fuck no, I would fucking literally murder somebody right now if I had a fucking gun and [that person] wanted to make those allegations."
The Voice has learned that the FBI's Los Angeles Internet Crime division has been actively investigating Hunter Moore and Is Anyone Up for months, according to four people who say they've been interviewed by the FBI about his now-shuttered site. The case's focus, according to those familiar with the investigation, was Moore's possible connection to a hacker who has repeatedly broken into the inboxes of countless victims, rifled through their attachments, and submitted the accompanying nudes to Is Anyone Up. (A Los Angeles FBI spokesperson would not confirm or deny such an investigation.)
"The FBI has been in contact with me," Moore admitted during the same conversation in which he threatened to burn down the Voice. "I have nothing to hide."
Bullyville.com is a month-old property run by former Marine James McGibney, another controversial website owner whose flagship property, cheaterville.com, asks for people to expose unfaithful scalawags. He also relies on the Communications Decency Act of 1996's protections to run cheaterville.com. "Under no circumstances are any photos, posts, anything that was previously on Is Anyone Up servers ever allowed to be made into a public domain again," he explained about his company's purchase of Moore's domain. "We could do this, and then maybe Hunter starts up another website two months from now and puts all this stuff back up, and we made sure that couldn't happen."
For what its worth, it appears Caldwell and Moore might actually know each other. There are videos of Moore, officially as the "isanyoneup" crew, attending caldwells show. Pretty fishy. They even both comment on the video.
Gary Jones IS Hunter Moore. I've known Hunter for years here in San Francisco, even before his shitty site. Let's put some pieces together shall we? A. Hunter is a social networking genius, he can get anything on chat from a place to stay to a party cracking, seriously. B. Hunter did hair at a shitty porn studio C. Hunter spent 8 months in Australia partying away settlement money D. Hunter is a self-proclaimed male model. Thats just so simple to see from "Gary Jone's" Facebook profile. I'm not the FBI tho just someone who's been aquatinted to Hunter for years.
BTW you should have never put me on your site homie, karma's a bitch, especially when you fuck with your "friends" dude I feel kinda bad for you!
There is a rumor that Moore was also persuaded to shut down the site because of new legislation being passed that will add an amendment to the Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which is how he got away with a lot of this. Apparently if content is purely for the sake of a privacy violation and pornographic in nature, the webmaster must remove it - also - people who run similar "revenge porn" sites can face fines or jail time if they are a US citizen.
This poor guy Hunter Moore, almost insanely happy to ruin people's lives but acts like a little girl when his privacy is threatened.
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For whatever anecdotal hearsay is worth I can tell you that of the three people I have personally talked to after they were posted on IAU, none of them were hacked. Seriously, people be sexting, and unless your some kinda celeb there is really no incentive to hack you. In fact, I'd argue that the 'revenge' part of "revenge porn" explains how many of the photos got out there: people have nude pictures of their exes, and all it takes is one moment of impulse for them to wind up on the internet.
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Wanna know something crazy? Hunter Moore/IAU threatens the FBI... Is Anybody Down just gets their nudes.
I thought that IsAnyoneUp was actually kind of funny, but if it relied on hacking peoples email addresses to get private pictures, that's not something that should have been condoned. I don't know what the truth is here for certain, however, I don't really buy the idea that its likely to find people storing random nude pictures of themselves within their email accounts. More than likely some people are embarrassed at their pics being online and made up stories about being hacked. But I can't know for certain. I think there's an interesting market for these kinds of people discussion sites like http://www.dirtyphonebook.com and others in that it allows you find out information about people by Googling them, and if you find out that somebody is abusive or an alcoholic or whatever thats good if you are considering dating them for example so you know about that. But private information shouldn't be leaked like that depending on what exactly it is. This Hunter Moore is a weird guy, but an interesting character nevertheless. He seems mentally unstable though.
Interesting, the man has a lot of hate to spew when he is outed, doesn't he. If you spend your time outing others stupidity, you should be prepared to pay the price when you are outed. Otherwise, you failed to learn the lessons of mutually assured destruction: it's better not to play the game if you can not suffer the consequences.
Hunter Moore is making terrorist threats by threatening to get a gun and murder the person who told about the FBI and saying he will burn down The Voice if they print the story. That alone is a serious offense. He sounds like a despicable excuse for a human being. He is a dangerous, creepy, loathsome criminal. He's buying stolen goods ("content") and exploiting people's privacy. I hope he rots in jail.
Good article, Camille. It looks like Hunter Moore is posting secretly here. Boy, he is outraged and a little crazy if you ask me.
This is fucking bullshit. Who the fuck keeps nudes in their email account. Hunter Moore may be an asshole but these whores are putting blame on him to cover up their own shame at being worthless, easy fucking sluts.
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About the while IAU fiasco I don't like the point of what the site was about, but you really can't blame Hunter Moore, seriously of you want to blame someone then blame the dumbasses who take the pictures of themselves and send it to their bf/gf, do you honestly think regardless of the relationship status your at in the moment that your nudes are going to remain in his/here's posession for that long? Why do you think Sexting is such a big problem? Obviously not because of Hunter Moore, it's people who are dumb enough to take nudes of themselves. Overall it's more the people's fault than Hunter's, while Hunter had the ability to not post those pictures, the people had the ability to not take them send them to your current lover and think everything is trusted, without the people Hunter would be your adverage joe.
I'll tell you what is retarded. That is anyone who took the time to believe this was a real story, and to believe that anyone cared what was written.
You're retarded. You ask for all this information, and can not give him what he asked for? Anyone on this site still took the pictures. This is a terrible story.
Making a living out of causing pain for others is too strange for me. Knowing in advance that you will be inflicting anguish because you seek infamy and money are unworthy goals if you imagine yourself to be civilized
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Ugh, this isn't hacking. This is all social manipulation.
Hacking requires technical know-how.
Social manipulation involves tricking somebody into doing something stupid, like giving a random stranger your Gmail reset code.
There should be an IQ test for using the internet.
Wah wah wah. Don't be a whore, taking naked photos of yourself and getting bummed when someone asshole, that you sent it to, posts it online. Moore hasn't done anything wrong. He just made it possible for us to make fun of your messed up tits and hatchet wound snatch because you're too stupid to send them to a scene kid. Your fault. Not his. Fuck anyone who says otherwise.
The author of these two stories, Ms. Dodero, should count herself partially responsible for Mr. Hunter's behavior and the mentality he represents. Her barely disguised attraction and adulation for this "bad boy" (read: sociopathic bottom-feeding child with manifest self-esteem and sexual inadequacy issues, not to mention a pathological fear of and hatred toward women) only adds fuel to fire. Does this sort of shallow expose of the lowest filth of humanity really warrant TWO cover stories in The Village Voice?
"It's the same thing as Scarlett Johansson getting hacked. It always comes back on the hacker. I'm not gonna lie. I've paid people for content. I don't give a fuck. You can say that. If I've paid for content, they have to submit the same [way] as the user. It would all fall back on the user."
No, it doesn't "all fall back on the user" when you know that you're buying the goods without the current owner of the image's consent. Motherfucker just incriminated himself. He KNOWINGLY bought stolen property. That there sir, is a crime. Lock the fucker up and throw away the key!
Edit; missed half the phrase and added on a bit.
n order to lose your acct you'd need one of the following to happen
1. you lose your phone and someone figures out who you are and decides to try to hack your acct. simple fix, use a screen lock or better yet don't lose your phone
2. you give the code to a suspicious person asking for it. simple fix, don't give it to anybody
@Its_Hunter Oh, come on. None of your A-D say anything about whether or not it's actually Hunter doing the "hacking".
It takes time to manipulate your way into peoples' accounts. Most likely, it wasn't Hunter.
@Shivathedestroyer424 aww! Sad that there are women who enjoy sex? Awww poor lil boy... and they aren't giving it to you, right?
keep callin em whores and sluts! Charms their socks off boychild
Way to ignore the main point, which is that these creeps were STEALING, as well as violating their victims' privacy rights.
Why shouldn't you be able to have nudes of yourself? How does that make you a whore, worthless or an easy slut?
Social engineering is far older than hacking, yes. But it's still a very useful tool in the hacking toolkit.
Yes, idiot, fuck the FBI that is probably going to put his ass in jail for a couple of years. The only thing fucked is Hunter Moore. Find a real hero moron.
And I'm sure if Ms. Dodero was Mr. Dodero, writing the same piece, you'd accuse him of a "barely disguised attraction" to Moore? Get a clue. Your argument could be a lot stronger if you avoided making sexist assertions...
How many times has Hitler's atrocities been written about? Are those authors partially responsible for his actions? C'mon, man. Try making a valid point next time.