Man charged with running revenge porn site 'WinByState' and extortion operation arrested in Oklahoma


From the WinByState.com home page.

A statement from the office of California state Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced the arrest of the accused owner/operator of revenge porn website WinByState.com.

Casey E. Meyering, 28, of Tulsa is charged with having "facilitated the posting of more than 400 sexually explicit photos of Californians and extorted victims for as much as $250 each to remove the illicit content." He was was arrested yesterday in Tulsa by a group of law enforcement agents including local police and California Attorney General eCrime Unit agents. Meyering has been charged with 5 felony extortion counts.

What seems particularly heinous about WinByState.com, which is still a fully operational service at the time of this blog post: it was promoted as “a user supported website where you can trade your ex-girlfriend, your current girlfriend, or any other girl that you might know.” The site asked uploaders to identify their “wins” by city and state, and when possible, the victim’s name.

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Hunter Moore arrested

Revenge porn "pioneer" Hunter Moore was arrested and charged with conspiracy, identity theft and unauthorized computer access, reports Time. Moore, according to prosecutors, directed associates to hack into people's email accounts in search of material for his website, which specialized in publishing compromising photos of women and charging hundreds of dollars to remove them.

Ugotarrested: Man charged with operating revenge porn site Ugotposted.com

California State Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced the arrest of a man said to have owned and operated a so-called revenge porn website. According to the arrest warrant (PDF), the site operated by Kevin Christopher Bollaert published over 10,000 sexually explicit photos. The young women who appeared in these images, some of whom were minors at the time they were taken, were charged up to $350 each to be removed from the site.

California Department of Justice agents arrested Bollaert, 27, in San Diego where he lived. He is in San Diego County jail on $50,000 bail, and has been charged with 31 felony counts of conspiracy, identity theft and extortion. If he is convicted, penalties may include jail time and fines.

The arrest warrant is well worth a read. It includes the stories of a number of young women who ended up physically exposed and personally identified on the internet against their will. In some cases, private photos made their way online after their accounts were hacked or phones snatched. The women speak about how that violation damaged their lives and destroyed their sense of privacy.

During an in-person interview with two special agents, Bollaert bemoaned the burden of all those emails he was receiving from young women and teens, asking for images to be removed -- a service he charged hundreds of bucks for.

"At the beginning this was like fun and entertaining," he said to the agents, "But now it's ruining my life." At the end of the meeting, the agents served him with search warrants.

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