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By Anna Merlan
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In other words, if a hacker knows only your Gmail address and can figure out how to access your phone, he's already most of the way into your shit.
That's what happened to a twentysomething woman from the Northern California we'll call Tanya, who has never met or spoken with Kristen. Over Facebook chat, a panicked friend typed that she'd lost her phone and asked Tanya for help. Tanya reflexively sent her e-mail address and phone number, and almost immediately, she got an alert that the password on her Yahoo account had been changed. She was momentarily confused. When she finally fought back into the account, her profile information was replaced with an e-mail address: email@example.com.
That was January 7, 2012. "Two days later around midnight, I got weird messages from people, and I ignored them," Tanya recalls over the phone. "When I woke up the next morning, I had over 30 phone calls from people and over 400 friend requests from Facebook, and I had no idea what was going on." She'd been posted to Is Anyone Up, with her name, hometown, face—and someone else's nude body. Tanya had a shock of recognition: The photos of her breasts were actually those of her friend, pictures Tanya had taken during an exercising spell to help visually track her process. "When I actually looked at my e-mail, I didn't even remember having those."
Tanya is not the sort of person who takes nudes. She is extremely modest—and this was one of the most emotionally damaging scenarios she could imagine. "I didn't even leave my house for a week." When she finally gathered the courage to do an errand, something awful happened. "I went to Taco Bell, and someone came up to me and was like, 'Oh, I've seen you naked.'"
Tanya took no solace in the fact that the site's characteristically crude comments were flattering. ("Does this girl have any flaws?" was a stark contrast to the usual "Jesus, someone call Greenpeace and get her back in the water.") The fact that it wasn't her body didn't make it better; in some ways, the misunderstanding made the situation feel worse. She tried to get the photos down by e-mailing the site to no avail. Eventually, she started talking with other women who had been posted and discovered she wasn't the only one. "Everyone I talked with, we were all hacked by Gary Jones."
More than a month later, Tanya wrote to Jones and said that she knew he had hacked other people for the same reason.
On Monday, February 20, at 12:52 p.m., Tanya wrote, in part: "Do you know how much damage you are doing to people. . . . I have a question why?"
Almost four hours later, she got a reply.
All I can say is I'm sorry. Really. If it makes you feel better, I did nothing other then look at your pictures. Nothing financial or medical, I promise. I truly wish there was something I could do to make it up to you. I'm having a hard time, too. Please feel better and know that nothing else will come from this.
A hacker with a conscience. Also, a hacker who wasn't denying anything. A few hours later, Tanya wrote: "You and Hunter are invading my privacy. . . . I'm sorry, but I don't get how you can be having a hard time. "
He wrote back:
Actually, I just got my 3rd DUI and lost my job last week. . . . I'm 6 days sober. But I get it, that was my choice as opposed to you who did nothing wrong. If it's any comfort, you are absolutely beautiful, and that gives you a leg up on almost every other woman. Hopefully, in the next month, it will fade away, and you'll feel happy again. Want me to send your parents an e-mail for you explaining it to them?
That's the last message in the thread.
"Gary Jones," as it turns out, has been at this for a while. Google "firstname.lastname@example.org," and three anonymous forum posts—two from March 2011 and one from December 9, 2011—single out the address. "I recently got my e-mail password stolen from another account," reads a panicked message from March 15, 2011. "The person who has my account is email@example.com."
That same month, an Australian woman named Danni Suriano alerted her Facebook friends that she'd been hacked in a frantic status update. ("HACKER!!! ON MY PROFILE RIGHT NOW!! do not tell him anything about your contact info!! firstname.lastname@example.org.") On October 18, 2011, Suriano was posted on Is Anyone Up. (She didn't respond to our request for comment.)
"Gary Jones" has a Facebook profile; it doesn't mention his interest in nude photos. Instead, the page identifies him as a 32-year-old who hails from Belize, lives in Australia, and works for the plus-size agency BELLA Model Management. (Reached by e-mail, the director of BELLA Model Management told the Voice, "We don't have a Gary here.") The accompanying photo shows him as a beefy bodybuilder with a bad dragon tattoo, sunglasses on his head, and cartoon-hyena smile.
It's actually a circa-2008 Wikipedia image of Matthew Rush, a gay-porn megastar known for such titles as Splash Shots III and "the first 3-D gay porn feature film," Whorrey Potter and the Sorcerer's Balls. (Rush plays Voldemorecock—it's available on Blu-ray.) Rush's birth name is Gregory Grove, not Gary Jones. (Reached by e-mail, Grove said, "I have no idea who this person is.")
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.
just as Ralph answered I am amazed that any one able to profit $8936 in a few weeks on the internet. did you see this
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.