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Dysart Willis

Revenge porn site operator pleads guilty

With the new show " CSI Cyber" coming next week, it seems reasonable to highlight cyber crime and how authorities are enforcing state and federal laws that prohibit a number of crimes committed over the Internet. Online bullying is one of those issues that law enforcement agencies are taking very seriously. The same could be said about so-called " revenge porn."

This term describes how a former love interest may send out illicit pictures of their ex (who they may hate for various reasons) as revenge for either breaking up with them or cheating in the relationship. Depending on the age and circumstances, sending these pictures can be considered a crime. However, there is a growing trend of hacking private computers to access these pictures. 

In fact, a 28-year-old California man recently pled guilty to a number of federal charges stemming from the unauthorized access of private computers. According to an NBC News.com report, the man paid an associate to hack computers in order to get pictures to be put on his website. The site was dedicated to "outing" ex-girlfriends and boyfriends by posting nude photos of them for everyone to see. His actions gained him the title " the most hated man on the Internet."

The man is scheduled to be sentenced in June. In the meantime, it is likely that a pre-sentence investigation will be completed that will give the court some helpful background information that would help in determining an appropriate sentence. He currently faces a minimum of two years in federal prison, but it remains to be seen what other conditions will be imposed.