'Revenge porn' hacker sentenced to two years in prison for stealing photos: media


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  • Wednesday, 18 Nov 2015

Heinous: A US hacker has been sentenced to two years in prison for breaking into women's e-mail accounts to look for compromising pictures of them to sell to a revenge porn website.

LOS ANGELES: A Los Angeles-area man was sentenced to two years in prison for hacking into women's e-mail accounts to search for naked photos then selling the images to a so-called revenge porn website, local media reports said. 

Charles Evens, 26, pleaded guilty in July to charges of computer hacking and identity theft, the Los Angeles Times and City News Service said. 

Evens was accused of working for another California man, Hunter Moore, who ran a now-defunct site that published intimate or graphic photos, mostly of women, in an attempt to shame an ex-spouse or lover, authorities have said. 

Evens was sentenced on Nov 16 to 25 months in prison, a US$2,000 (RM8,789) fine, and 20 hours of community service, a federal judge ruled, according to the Los Angeles Times

Evens took cash for breaking into e-mail accounts to look for compromising photos of users, authorities said. In some cases, the stolen images were published with the social media accounts of the people depicted, authorities have said. 

Revenge porn has drawn the attention of lawmakers in several states, leading to legislation intended to stop the practice. 

In 2013, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the first law in the nation specifically targeting revenge porn. New Jersey has an older law that allows prosecution of revenge porn, but it was passed as part of a broader cyber-bullying statute. — Reuters


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