“Revenge porn” operator arrested, charged with ID theft

Websites that post nude pictures of adults without their permission, commonly known as \”revenge porn\” sites, have recently drawn public scorn and a few lawsuits.

Now, the owner of one revenge porn website is facing prison. Kevin Bollaert, a 27-year-old San Diego resident, was arrested today for running a website called ugotposted.com and has been charged with 31 counts of identity theft, extortion, and conspiracy. The suspect is being held in jail on $50,000 bail.

\”This website published intimate photos of unsuspecting victims and turned their public humiliation and betrayal into a commodity with the potential to devastate lives,” said California Attorney General Kamala Harris in a statement about today\’s arrest. “Online predators that profit from the extortion of private photos will be investigated and prosecuted for this reprehensible and illegal internet activity.\”

Bollaert allegedly followed a business model similar to a now-defunct site run out of Colorado called IsAnybodyDown. According to court documents, he created ugotposted a year ago, inviting anyone to post nude pictures of others. Bollaert required that along with the photo, identifying information was posted, including a full name, location, age, and Facebook link.

Then, Bollaert refused to take the posts down—unless the pictured victims paid up. When he got e-mails complaining about the practice, users would be directed to a separate website, called changemyreputation.com. Then they would be asked to pay a fee, between $300 and $350, in order to get their pics down.

via “Revenge porn” operator arrested, charged with ID theft | Ars Technica.

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