Where is Hunter Moore today? His low-key life after prison

Hunter Moore

Hunter Moore single-handedly popularized revenge porn – a term that was only popular in the dark recesses of the internet until his site, IsAnyoneUp.com, gave it mainstream fame. The idea was simple yet supremely diabolical: a user would submit a nude photo of their ex for Hunter to post on the site alongside the ex’s full names, social media profiles, profession, and city of residence. 

Thanks to Moore, anyone – bosses, colleagues, parents, relatives, children – could access the photos via an innocent Google search of the victim. 

Moore’s reign of terror ended after one of the victim’s mothers, Charlotte Laws, presented a detailed file on Hunter to the FBI. Hunter’s story and impact on his victims feature in Netflix’s The Most Hated Man On The Internet

Hunter Moore has kept a low profile following his release from prison in 2017

Like other victims affected by Hunter’s perversion, Charlotte was dismissed by the police, lawyers, and internet providers after reporting Hunter. Undeterred and desperate to find justice for her daughter, Laws embarked on a mission to collect as much information as possible about Hunter Moore. 

She spent two years compiling a file on Hunter, which included interviews with 40 victims worldwide. Laws handed the file to the FBI and left them to handle the rest. She told The Guardian:

“The thing is humiliating people. The kind of people who would never post their photo on a site like that, and who have a lot to lose. Who have high-profile jobs, or could have their entire life destroyed. That’s what he found enjoyable. That’s what his followers found enjoyable.”

Moore told Rolling Stone that he was ‘fucking scared shitless’ when the FBI showed up at his house with a warrant to search for evidence of hacking. Hunter contended that, according to the Communications Decency Act of 1996, authorities couldn’t hold him liable for user-submitted content.

Hunter was right, but he could still face jail time for hacking people’s computers to acquire their nude photos. Moore told Rolling Stone that he was sure some images were obtained through hacking, but he didn’t participate in any illegal activity. 

In 2015, Moore pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft and aiding and abetting in unauthorized computer access. A court sentenced him to two years in prison, a $2,000 fine, and $145.70 restitution. 

Moore allegedly planned to release EDM tracks following his release from jail in May 2017. In 2018, he released a self-published book titled Is Anyone Up? The Story Behind Revenge Porn

Hunter Moore

Hunter is active on Twitter, where he occasionally protests cancel culture and tweets about his past glories. In April, he said he wouldn’t apologize for his past:

“Look guys, I did my time behind bars. Living my life peacefully now. It’s been a decade about what happened. Some of you loves me and most of you hates me. If you want me to apologize, well I wouldn’t. I don’t owe anyone anything.”

Moore sold his website to an anti-bullying campaign

“On this day 12 years ago, I sold my site IsAnyoneUp, and the rest is history,” Moore tweeted on 20th April 2022. 

At the height of its popularity, Moore’s site had 350,000 unique visitors per month and earned $30,000 in ad revenue. Moore was forced to close the site in 2012, following 16 months of unrestricted use. 

He then sold the domain name to an anti-bullying website, Bullyville.com. Moore told Rolling Stone that he’d found happiness after selling the site, saying ‘ruining people’s lives with naked pictures wasn’t, you know, the ideal job.”

Moore is adamant that he sold the domain, but the man who bought it, former Marine James McGibney, stated that he duped Hunter into the sale. McGibney sent a letter to Moore, saying: “you need to be a bully to beat a bully, and I’m the first to admit that I intellectually bullied the ever-loving shit out of you.”

James admonished Moore for maintaining his abusive ways even when victims threatened to commit suicide. He continued:

“You laughed in their faces. Are you still laughing now? You tried to destroy their lives, but instead, I intellectually destroyed yours. You received a masterclass in the fine art of social engineering.”

Moore claims to be a reformed man committed to humanity’s betterment. He protested via Twitter that people only focus on the wrong things he did, neglecting the good he’s done:

“So yesterday VICE made a lil documentary and uploaded [it] on their YouTube channel making me look evil. Why not mention the good shit I’ve done. I donated thousands of dollars, did charity events, [and] saved hundreds of animal lives.”