Sunday, May 20, 2018

What Is Alleged Owners Arrested, Accused of $2 Million Cyber Extortion'

By Newsweek, May 18, 2018

The alleged owners of, a controversial website that scrapes police department booking photos and collates them into a searchable format, have been arrested following charges filed in the state of California including cyber extortion, money laundering and identity theft.

Thomas Keesee and Sahar Sarid, of Florida, were detained on Wednesday this week following an investigation spearheaded by the Northern California Computer Crimes Task Force. The case is now being prosecuted by California’s attorney general Xavier Becerra, who has accused the website’s owners of running a “pay-for-removal scheme” attempting to profit from arrestees’ humiliation.
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