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Anonymous declares war on 'revenge porn' site founder Hunter Moore

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Hunter Moore, the former owner of a 'revenge porn' website that posted sexual images of men and women online without their permission, has been threatened by hacktivist group Anonymous.

Moore sold IsAnyoneUp.com to anti-bullying charity BullyVille in April this year, after it was criticised for encouraging users to send in compromising photos of their former partners.

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As the site included the victim's full name and links to their social networking profiles, it was accused of fuelling online bullying as subjects were often ridiculed and even had to shut down their online profiles.

Moore has said that he will soon launch a new website, and a technology blog reported that he would this time post the home addresses of victims.

He later said that he was "misquoted", but hacking collective Anonymous has warned that Moore must be held "accountable for his actions".

In a post on the Vimeo website, Anonymous announced the launch of "Operation Hunt Hunter", saying that it is a chance to "make a real difference in the lives of hundreds of bullied teenagers and protect them from real harm such as rape or stalking".

Anonymous said that Moore was "coming back stronger than ever from the shutdown of his previous website" and accused him of being a "capitalist [who] makes money off of the misery of others".

The group has posted a video detailing its campaign against Moore, featuring pictures of Amanda Todd, who committed suicide after topless photos of her were circulated on the internet.

Despite Moore's protestations that the new site has been mischaracterised, Anonymous is not convinced by his intentions.

"This time he is taking it a step further and plans to list physical addresses next to the victims' pictures along with a map to their house, self-proclaiming that he has singlehandedly enabled the stalking of hundreds," the group said.

"His servers are up. He already has domains he is secretly testing and will go public soon. He hides behind a loophole of section 230 of the United States online decency act which states he cannot be held legally accountable for third party submitted content.

"This is a call to all of Anonymous. We will hold Hunter Moore accountable for his actions, we will protect anyone who is victimised by abuse of our internet, we will prevent the stalking, rape, and possible murders as byproduct of his sites."

The group concluded with its trademark slogan: "Operation Hunt Hunter engaged. We are Anonymous, we are Legion, we do not Forgive, we do not Forget, Hunter Moore, EXPECT US."

At its peak, IsAnyoneUp.com is said to have attracted more than 300,000 hits a day - earning Moore up to $20,000 a month from advertising revenues.

But BullyVille shut the site down after buying it from Moore, saying that it "served no public good [and] that is why it is offline".

In a statement at the time, Moore showed little remorse for the victims, but said that he could no longer deal with the "drama" of users submitting content on IsAnyoneUp.com involving under-age subjects, prompting him to shut down the site.

"The site was a blessing for me and still is, but I am burned out and I honestly can't take another under-age kid getting submitted and having to go through the process of reporting it and dealing with all the legal drama of that situation," said Moore, who has a lifetime ban on Facebook.

Watch Anonymous' video below:

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