Revenge Porn Site Owner Convicted of Extortion

At a time when it seems anyone can be hacked, this conviction could help change things for victims.
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But we do move on to a game-changing conviction that could shake up a controversial industry. A guilty verdict for a man who operated what's known as a revenge porn the website where people could post naked pictures of their the ex-lovers. Reporter: After years of ugly headlines and nude pictures splashed across websites, women humiliated for the sheer sport of it, another kind of revenge. Guilty -- Reporter: Kevin Bullard guilty in a San Diego courtroom of six counts of extortion and 21 counts of identity theft. Tonight from jail, he says he's sorry. Yeah. Here I am in a holding cell right now for 24 hours. Waiting. It's pretty miserable. I hope everybody realizes. Reporter: The state's top prosecutor went before the news media to announce that so-called revenge porn operators are going down. I would suggest that anyone commit ago crime with a computer, you better bring your toothbrush if you end up in court room, because you might end up in jail. Reporter: Thousands of pictures were posted on his website, you got posted.com, without their permission. But that was only half of it. They said he set up a second website, change my reputation.com, where they had to pay up to $350 to get the humiliating photos taken down. One report was called a digital sleaze maestro and was taken into custody following his landmark conviction. The whole idea was to make money, but really it wasn't going to make very good money, you know. I could have had a regular job and made more money off of it. Reporter: He faces over 20 years behind bars. The conviction is a huge victory for a growing list of victims and law enforcement who had been stuck, effectively unable to do anything about the now hundreds of sites that operate in legally murky territory. When this Danish woman found herself victimized, she, too, was horrified posting this experience on the guardian. Most of those people knew those were posted against my will. I wish I could say that the abuse ended that day or that week or that month, but years later, I'm still being harassed. Reporter: So she took the highly unusual step of posting her own nude photographs, photos she staged as a way, she says, for her to become more comfortable with her own body again and take back control of her own identity. I get why people think this is counter intuitive, but this sh key. Consent is key. I did this. Reporter: Others feel trapped, like holly. Knowing that someone with a click of a button take whatever information they wanted from you and share it is really troubling. It almost makes me want to shower with my clothes on. Reporter: And Kayla laws. It's embarrassing to know that they've seen that photo of me, and they know what I look like now topless because of that site. These revenge porn sites are evil abuse. Anytime one gets taken down another one pops up in its place. Reporter: California along with other states have passed legislation making revenge porn sites illegal, but in some laws the laws are inconsistent. It's terrible with keeping pace with technology. Technology is evolving much faster than the legislation we need to regulate it. Reporter: In a rare move, the ftc has now gotten into the site, just last week banning another revenge porn site, is anybody down.com and ordering its operator to remove an estimated 1,000 nude photos, once again posted allegedly without the victims' consent. The world of involuntary porn is a strange one with when we met who many consider the godfather. He says he's never hacked anyone. His former website, is anyone up.com was designed for humiliation on a scale only the internet can offer. Reporter: It's all about humiliation? Yeah, it is. Reporter: And you are fine with blasting it out and basically ruining in some cases other people? I mean, to he, I don't know these people. And it's kind of anonymous to me. I think the people submitting it are the ones who should be, you know, feeling bad when they do click that submit button. Reporter: You have no empathy? No. They're characters and avatars on a screen. Reporter: He boasted about the woman who came to his door looking for her own brand of revenge. I was walking out of my house one day and out of nowhere, the girl we had posted or I had posted, she stuck me in the shoulder with a bic pen, and this is the scar I had left. They had to surgically remove it. Reporter: Hunter is no longer in the revenge porn business. He was arrested last year on hacking and identity theft charges. But others have had unintended shockwav shockwaves. They've mobilized angry women. This is the Erin brockovich of revenge porn. She tracked down victims like her daughter and helped spearhead California's new law. Anybody who distributes a nude or topless picture without the victim's consent, that would be illegal. Reporter: Moore is now out on bond, awaiting trial later this year. If convicted he faces up to 45 years in prison. When we last caught up with him, he still thought using humiliation as a business model was a good idea. Do you think at some time you might look back at the person you are now and have some regret? Yeah, I'm going to grow and change as a person, but right now, at this time, I'm going to take full advantage of people's mistakes and what I created. Reporter: His critics might call revenge a dish best served with a side of irony. As a condition of his release, he's not even allowed to use the internet. I'm Neil Karlinsky for nightline in Seattle.

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