US man arrested for 'revenge porn' website extortion

December 11, 2013
California Attorney General Kamala Harris speaks during a news conference on October 10, 2013 in San Francisco, California

US police arrested a 27-year-old man Tuesday accused of running a "revenge porn" website hosting over 10,000 sexually explicit photos as part of an extortion ploy, officials said.

Kevin Christopher Bollaert, 27, was arrested in San Diego and charged with 31 felony counts of conspiracy, identity theft and extortion over the racket, which allegedly made him tens of thousands of dollars.

"This published intimate photos of unsuspecting victims and turned their public humiliation and betrayal into a commodity with the potential to devastate lives," said California's Attorney General Kamala Harris said.

Bollaert, who is being held in jail on $50,000 bail, allegedly created the website ugotposted.com in December last year, allowing to be posted without the subject's permission.

Such photos, commonly knows as revenge porn, are typically obtained consensually during a relationship but then posted without permission, or are simply stolen or hacked.

Unlike other revenge porn websites where photos are anonymous, ugotposted.com required the poster to include the subject's full name, location, age and Facebook profile link.

Bollaert created a second website, changemyreputation.com, which he used when individuals contacted ugotposted.com asking for their photos to be removed from the site.

He then allegedly extorted victims by offering, from the changemyreputation website, to remove content from ugotposted.com for a fee of up to $350, allegedly making tens of thousands of dollars, according to court documents.

"Online predators that profit from the extortion of private will be investigated and prosecuted for this reprehensible and illegal internet activity," Harris said in a statement.

Explore further: Minn. man accused of hacking Facebook accounts

Related Stories

Minn. man accused of hacking Facebook accounts

April 21, 2011

(AP) -- Prosecutors have accused a Minnesota man of hacking into other people's Facebook and other computer accounts and stealing photos of women to post on adult websites.

California outlaws 'revenge porn'

October 2, 2013

Posting naked pictures of an ex-partner online can now land you in jail for up to six months in California, after a bill against so-called "revenge porn" was signed into law.

Guilty plea in Miss Teen USA extortion case

November 12, 2013

A 19-year-old computer science student pleaded guilty Tuesday to hacking the computers of Miss Teen USA and other women and secretly photographing them with their own webcams.

Recommended for you

Microsoft describes hard-to-mimic authentication gesture

August 1, 2015

Photos. Messages. Bank account codes. And so much more—sit on a person's mobile device, and the question is, how to secure them without having to depend on lengthy password codes of letters and numbers. Vendors promoting ...

Power grid forecasting tool reduces costly errors

July 30, 2015

Accurately forecasting future electricity needs is tricky, with sudden weather changes and other variables impacting projections minute by minute. Errors can have grave repercussions, from blackouts to high market costs. ...

Netherlands bank customers can get vocal on payments

August 1, 2015

Are some people fed up with remembering and using passwords and PINs to make it though the day? Those who have had enough would prefer to do without them. For mobile tasks that involve banking, though, it is obvious that ...

3 comments

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

BSD
1 / 5 (1) Dec 11, 2013
I hope this maggot gets reamed out whilst in prison for what he has done.
Maybe photos of him getting it up the arse will be posted online, how will he cope with that?
dav_daddy
1 / 5 (1) Dec 11, 2013
If he would have done it all through the main site and charged the money for an "expedited" removal it may been legal depending on which jurisdiction he lived in.
BSD
1 / 5 (1) Dec 11, 2013
If he would have done it all through the main site and charged the money for an "expedited" removal it may been legal depending on which jurisdiction he lived in.


How could that be legal? He put the material on there in the first place.

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.