18-Year Old Black Hat SEO, Charles Floate, Arrested Over Hacking & Child Porn Charges

Oct 24, 2014 • 8:09 am | comments (62) by twitter | Filed Under Search Engine Industry News

Charles FloateThe SEO community is currently talking about the latest news in the industry of a well-known black hat SEO, who is only 18 years old, named Charles Floate.

Charles Floate (@Charles_SEO was hacked), also may be the operator of @GodOfSEO (which also may be hacked), appeared in Birmingham Magistrates' Court after being arrested following an "investigation into a cyber attack on the Home Office website, West Midlands Police said," according to the BBC.

Part of the charges, outside of the hacking charges, include shocking "possessing photographic indecent images of children, possessing non-photographic prohibited images of children and possession of extreme pornography."

The community is in shock.

David Naylor posted the news on Twitter and even Matt Cutts responded a couple times, but deleted one post and left the other.

The folks at Black Hat World are also chatting about the news.

Charles Floate is expected to appear in Birmingham Crown Court on November 5th. He is currently in the custody of the police.

Forum discussion at Black Hat World and Twitter.

Update: October 16, 2015, here is the latest.

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