9 years in prison for American who stole nude photos from hacked iCloud accounts

9 years in prison for American who stole nude photos from hacked iCloud accounts

Hao Kuo Chi, 41, has been sentenced to nine years for stealing nude photos and videos. He stole over 3.5 TB of erotic material from more than 500 victims. Last October, the man admitted that he was responsible for the theft.

The US Department of Justice writes this in a press release.

Personal collection consisted of 3.5 TB of nude photos

According to the ministry, Hao Kuo Chi was active on Anon-IB for many years. That was a notorious website where nude photos and videos of unsuspecting victims were shared and traded. The purpose of the site was not so much to satisfy the erotic appetites of the visitors but to use the image and video material to intimidate and embarrass victims. If this happens without the person’s permission in the picture, we speak of revenge porn.

The perpetrator, who used the pseudonym ‘icloudripper4you’ on the internet, managed to obtain the login details of his victims via phishing. His e-mail account contained the login details of some 4,700 victims. He saved over 3.5 TB of erotic images of more than 500 victims on his computer for his personal collection. He sent nude photos and videos to other platform users more than 300 times.

Victims fear for their safety and reputation

“Chi has victimized hundreds of women across the country and left them fearing for their safety and reputation,” prosecutor Roger Handberg said of the case. His colleague at the FBI says that the suspect led “a terror campaign from his computer” and caused a lot of fear and suffering among his victims. “The FBI is determined to protect the American people by exposing and bringing these cybercriminals to justice,” said FBI agent David Walker.

Chi has never denied his actions. In October 2021, he acknowledged stealing nude photos and videos from hundreds of victims between 2014 and 2018. He now has to go to jail for that. The court convicted him of conspiracy and computer fraud. He now has to go to prison for 9 years.

Revenge porn in the Netherlands

Revenge porn has been legally banned in the Netherlands since 2020. Until then, a person could only be convicted of blackmail, slander or defamation. Women in particular are victims of revenge porn. They blame themselves for letting it get to this point and are ashamed of it.

Talking about it is often difficult. Victims often suffer the consequences of revenge porn for years to come. In addition to emotional damage, it can also lead to reputational damage and cyberstalking.

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