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California men charged with 'revenge porn' Internet crimes

Two men from California are facing allegations of computer crimes in connection with a "revenge porn" site created online. The pair is also implicated in identity theft, according to news reports. Authorities say that the duo, ages 25 and 27, are facing an intimidating 15-count indictment from a federal grand jury, including unauthorized computer access and aggravated identity theft.

Authorities allege that the men hacked into computers to gain access to illicit photographs without victims' consent. The older man was already notorious for his alleged creation of a former website, which featured explicit photos of individuals submitted as "revenge" by jilted lovers and others. That site earned the man the dubious honor of "most hated man on the Internet" from a British newscaster.

The younger man is accused of accessing e-mail accounts of various victims using hacking methods. The older man was reportedly seeking additional material for his site, and he worked with the other man through May 2012, according to the allegations. The older man paid the younger man for nude pictures obtained during the alleged sex crimes.

Activists have since worked to develop and implement a law in California that effectively bans revenge porn. One woman's daughter was allegedly targeted in the effort. The alleged victim in that case was harassed, and people tried to force her employer to fire her. Internet experts say the incident reinforces messages to keep passwords and answers to security questions private.

The men accused of Internet crimes have been indicted on several federal counts but that does not mean that they are automatically guilty. Such defendants may benefit from the assistance of a qualified criminal attorney in California, who can help them learn more about legal options. Such cases can lead to long-term consequences for the defendants.

Source: NBC News, "'Revenge porn' site creator, alleged hacker charged with computer crime, ID theft" Andrew Blankstein, Jan. 23, 2014

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