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Kevin Bollaert, the owner of the now-defunct "_Ugotposted_" website, faces a long list of felony charges, including identity theft, extortion, and conspiracy, according to a recent article published by the Web Host Industry Review. The article outlines that Bollaert's website hosted "_revenge porn_"- video clips and photos taken by former relationship partners – to be used in the act of revenge against those individuals for the failure of the relationship.
Bollaert is up against "_28 counts of identity theft, two counts of extortion and one count of conspiracy_" since the alleged practices of this website could have involved "_media stolen from hacked accounts and hidden cameras_, "according to information published in the article. The article further states, "_Another key element of revenge porn is finding out the identity of those in the photos and videos, and alerting family, friends, employers and other community members to their existence via email, phone calls, social media, and even in person._"
The Ugotposted website hosted posts which, according to the report, " included private images and identifying information like social media accounts_" – more than 10,000 posts total. Brian Cardwell, an eCrime specialist for the California Department of Justice, is the primary investigator in the case, according to the article. During his investigation, Cardwell found that victims who contacted Ugotposted – with requests to remove their images – did not receive a response, according to the article. The article also stated that Cardwell found that the "_public email address associated with Ugotposted_, "received more than 1,000 messages between June 20, 2013, and August 26, 2013, that "_contained the word 'remove' included the terms 'emotional distress,' 'great stress in my work and personal life, 'defamation of character,' and 'underage photos.'
Written by Bryon Turcotte / December 12, 2013