Kevin Bollaert, 27, of San Diego, California was charged this morning with conspiracy, identity theft and extortion, all relating to his ownership of the websites Ugotposted.com and its sister site Changemyreputation.com, according to California’s Attorney General.
In all, Bollaert face 31 felony counts which could results in fines and/or jail time.
Here’s what you need to know about him:
1. Users Could Only to Upload to His Site if They Provided Intimate Details About Girls
He created the site Ugotposted.com which allowed users to upload explicit photos of girls. The practice is known as “revenge porn” as most of the girls who were pictured had scorned the men who posted them. What made Bollaert’s site different to other “revenge porn” sites was that uploaders to Ugotposted had to include explicit details about the girls in question, including names, addresses and Facebook links. The website at times had up to 10,000 images online. According the office of the attorney general in California:
California Penal Code sections 530.5 and 653m (b) make it illegal to willfully obtain someone’s personal identifying information, including name, age and address, for any unlawful purpose, including with the intent to annoy or harass.
This is what greets users who type in Ugotposted.com right now:
The URL information says that it is registered to Kevin Bollaert, however it says the site is based in Paris, France.
2. His Website Had a Sister Site
Soon after the creation of Ugotposted in December 2012, Bollaert set up the site Changemyreputation. The purpose of this site allowed victims from Ugotposted to contact the webmaster and pay for the pictures to be removed. Prices that victims allegedly paid to have their photos removed were between $300 and $350. According to the office of the attorney general’s release, Bollaert told investigators he made around $900 per month from the venture.
Documents made available online cite Bollaert, along with Eric Chanson, his parents, Roy and Amy Chanson, as the owners and operators of Ugotposted and Changemyreputation through their company Blue Mist Media.
3. He’s Been the Subject of a 3-Month-Long Investigation
He’s being held on a $50,000 bail at San Diego County Jail. California Attorney General Kamala Harris said of his arrest:
This website published intimate photos of unsuspecting victims and turned their public humiliation and betrayal into a commodity with the potential to devastate lives. Online predators that profit from the extortion of private photos will be investigated and prosecuted for this reprehensible and illegal internet activity.
4. Websites Were Not His First Work
Bollaert’s Facebook page indicates that he formerly worked at John Deere tractors in some capacity. On his LinkedIn page, Bollaert says that he worked for a company called TechTeam Global Inc between February 2007 and May 2009.
5. He’s Has a BS in Computer Science From Western Illinois University
He lives in San Diego, California but is a native of Moline, Illinois.