Hunter Moore is a notorious public figure, his depraved startup website and lifestyle brought into the spotlight by new Netflix documentary - The Most Hated Man on the Internet. After viewers avidly watched the likes of Don't Fuck With Cats and the Tinder Swindler, which give an insight into the murky underworld of online activity, it's no surprise that searches around Hunter Moore and his former website, IsAnyoneUp.com, are sky high.
The Netflix series, which consists of three parts, includes interviews with victims he abused and profited from. The narrative largely focuses around Charlotte Laws, the mother of one of the victims who fought tirelessly to bring Moore to justice. Moore did serve time behind bars, but was released in 2017. So where is Hunter Moore now? And what exactly did he do?
Where is Hunter Moore now?
Hunter Moore was released from prison in 2017 and since then has stayed out of the limelight. However, he has worked on a few special projects over the past decade. In 2017, Hunter released a single titled, Make The Internet Great Again, as reported by Substream (opens in new tab). Moore also released a book called Is Anyone Up?, which was released in 2018.
In terms of a social presence Hunter Moore now keeps a low profile. He's actually banned from Facebook, and subsequently Instagram, but until recently he has still been active on Twitter with the handle @_iamhuntermoore. On Twitter, Moore describes himself in his bio as 'A small town Christan [Christian] boy'. However Moore's account has recently been suspended.
Before his account was suspended, he tweeted about how now he's living life "peacefully".
He wrote, “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, most of you hates me, if you want me to apologise well I wouldn’t. I don’t owe anyone anything.”
What did Hunter Moore do?
Moore created the sickening website IsAnyoneUp.com – which is one of the earliest examples of a revenge porn website. Hunter, who was 26 when the website was first created, rose to fame when he founded the site in the early 2010s. According to Rolling Stone (opens in new tab), a huge five to 30 pictures a day were posted to the porn site during the 16 months the site was live.
The site, launched in 2010, allowed users to share sexually explicit images of people online without their consent, along with personal information like names and addresses. According to Rolling Stone (opens in new tab) the information that was included alongside pictures was, “The ex’s full name, profession, social-media profile and city of residence - which ensured that the pictures would pop up on Google,” meaning family members, friends and colleagues could easily access the information.
Moore was arguably a huge narcissist showing little remorse for his behavior and a deluded sense of grandeur. One such example is in 2011 on Anderson Cooper’s CNN chat show (opens in new tab) where he argues with victims that what happened to them was their fault as they allowed the pictures to be taken in a grotesque show of public gaslighting. He went on to boast that he is a “professional life ruiner” and compared himself to Charles Manson, thanks to his legions of "followers".
Did Hunter Moore go to prison for his crimes?
Yes, Moore was put behind bars in 2017 for two years and six months, for his crimes after an FBI investigation. But according to mother of one of the victims Charlotte Laws, this only happened due to the involvement of a hacker.
Speaking to The Guardian (opens in new tab), Charlotte revealed how she had been shrugged off by the police and FBI, who only took her seriously when there was proof of hacking. “If a hacker hadn’t been involved, there would have been no case to answer and the site would still be up. But because there was, they took it seriously," she said.
After gaining support from the FBI, Laws helped build a case against Moore. In February 2015, he pleaded guilty to felony charges for aggravated identity theft and aiding and abetting in the unauthorized access of a computer.
During his sentencing, US district judge Dolly Gee said, “He hid behind his online persona and engaged in aberrant behavior. Now you must face the consequences of your own actions. Your poor judgment has caused much pain to your victims and your family.”
Was Hunter Moore involved in the Netflix documentary?
Yes initially, but then he declined involvement for unknown reasons.
On Netflix's Tudum website (opens in new tab), the brand reveals that he was signed up to take part in the show but it's unclear why he decided against it later down the line.
What happened to Hunter Moore's website, IsAnybodyUp.com?
IsAnyoneUp.com was shut down in April 2012 and Hunter Moore sold its domain name to James McGibney. McGibney then redirected the domain to anti-bullying group Bullyville.com. The site gave victims of bullying the chance to share their stories and harrowing experiences. The site now redirects to McGibney's personal website.
After buying the site, McGibney penned a personal letter to Moore, which read (opens in new tab), "Sometimes you need to be a bully to beat a bully and I’m the first to admit that I intellectually bullied the ever-loving s**t out of you.
"Your main stated objective was to 'ruin' young girls' lives. Even after they indicated that they were going to commit suicide if their unauthorised naked images weren’t removed from your website, 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."
Lauren is the former Deputy Digital Editor at woman&home and became a journalist mainly because she enjoys being nosy. With a background in features journalism, Lauren worked on the woman&home brand for four years before going freelance. Before woman&home Lauren worked across a variety of women's lifestyle titles, including GoodTo, Woman's Own, and Woman magazine.
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