Is Hunter Moore Still in Prison? 'It's Not Justice'

The Most Hated Man on the Internet is the latest documentary series on Netflix that true-crime enthusiasts cannot get enough of.

The jaw-dropping three-part series explores the story of Hunter Moore, the founder of the now defunct quasi-revenge-porn website, IsAnyoneUp.com.

Moore allowed visitors to the website to submit explicit pictures and videos of other people, without their consent, and even orchestrated a hacking scheme to steal people's most intimate images.

In January 2014, Moore was arrested following a two-year FBI investigation on charges of conspiracy, unauthorized access to a protected computer and aggravated identity theft.

In February 2015, he pleaded guilty to felony charges for aggravated identity theft and aiding and abetting in the unauthorized access of a computer but is he still in prison today? Newsweek has everything you need to know about Hunter Moore's fate.

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A picture of Hunter Moore from Netflix's "The Most Hated Man on the Internet." Netflix

Is Hunter Moore Still In Prison?

No, Hunter Moore is not in prison today.

He was sentenced to just two-and-a-half years in prison for his crimes in November 2015. He also received a $2,000 fine and was required to pay $145 in victim restitution.

He was released from prison in 2017, agreeing to a three-year period of supervised probation which ended in 2021.

Viewers have undoubtedly been left shocked by his short sentence, considering the depravity of his crimes. Moore not only advocated revenge porn but also exploited people without their consent, engaged in blackmail and arranged for Charles Evens to hack the email accounts of women, stealing their images and uploading them to IsAnyoneUp.com.

However, at the time Moore committed these acts, there were no laws in place covering revenge porn for him to be charged under. Therefore, he was only charged and found guilty under the laws relating to hacking.

Speaking to Newsweek, The Most Hated Man on the Internet director Rob Miller and producer Vikki Miller shared their thoughts on Moore's sentence.

Vikki Miller said: "Obviously, it's not justice, the havoc that he wreaked, the levels of devastation that he created in people's lives, but there wasn't a crime for this.

"It's that ridiculous, ironic situation where it was so awful what he did, that it created a law to stop people doing it again, but obviously, that law didn't apply to him."

She continued: "So in terms of what he was tried for, I can understand the sentence and you know, it could have been more, but he wasn't tried for revenge porn and so that's the disconnect.

"That's, I think, what's difficult for people. Obviously, he wasn't sentenced to very long in prison, either but equally, he wasn't found guilty of what is now a crime that he committed, that's the difficult thing for me."

Rob Miller added: "If I put myself in the shoes of a victim, whose life has been affected by being posted on that website, and kind of profoundly shaken and changed and also going through that trauma then, of course, that amount of time in prison and then you multiply that by how many victims there were, I can understand why some people feel that it wasn't enough."

Charlotte Laws, whose daughter was featured on the site without her consent, fought extra-hard to shut down Is AnyoneUp.com and stop Moore from 2010 until 2012.

She spoke with over 40 other victims around the world and compiled all of the evidence she had gathered over two years against Moore, handing it over to the FBI's Los Angeles Internet Crime Division in 2012.

In conversation with Newsweek, Laws also reflected on Moore's sentence, describing it as like "capturing Jack the Ripper and giving him community service."

Despite his crimes, Laws does have a tinge of sympathy for Moore, in that he is wasting his talents for evil instead of good.

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Charlotte Laws in "The Most Hated Man on the Internet" on Netflix. Netflix

She said: "He believes still that tearing other people down, somehow boosts him up. I mean, that's his mindset. That's how he views the world and it's really a shame because he was able to get a lot of followers. I say that he's like a charismatic leader in the way that Charles Manson was a charismatic leader, he's able to get people to follow him and to do what he asked them to do. And it's a shame to waste that talent. He could use that for good and instead you decide to use that to harm others."

Today in the U.S., 48 states, have passed anti-revenge porn laws since 2013 but it is not a federal crime today. On the other hand, hacking is a federal crime, under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act 1986. This statute makes it a criminal offense across the country to access a protected computer without consent with the intent to cause harm or commit a fraud crime.

Laws has continued to meet with state and federal legislators in a bid to create laws to protect future victims of revenge porn.

Moore has kept out of the public eye since his release from prison, although he wrote the book, Is Anyone Up? The Story of Revenge Porn, in 2018 and released a dance music track, "Make The Internet Great Again."

Moore originally agreed to participate in The Most Hated Man on the Internet but then dropped out.

The Most Hated Man on the Internet is streaming on Netflix now.