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According to and ARS Technica, the California attorney general’s office charged four people with extortion, money laundering, and identity theft for their alleged involvement with the website, which posts people’s mugshots, but will take them down for a fee.


1. Nationally, how much did the owners receive from people wanting their mugshots removed?
2. What is the sister sit for and how much did they charge for each picture?
3. In the most basic terms, what does the pay-for-removal scheme profit from?
4. Look at the 29-page affidavit (hyperlink in the Farivar article). Summarize the facts for probable cause, including how many interviews were listed and a sentence about the general facts of each interview.

Newman, L.H. (2018). Security News This Week: California charges owners of with extortion., May 19 (Retrievable online at

Farivar, C. (2018). All of’s alleged co-owners arrested on extortion charges. ARS Technica, May 17 (Retrievable online at