A sex worker who has run an escort service on the Tor network and who was previously the leader of a hacker group has been arrested and charged with cyber-espionage, the Justice Department said in a news release on Thursday.
Theodore Gwynne was arrested Thursday and charged in federal court in Los Angeles with conspiring to commit cyber-terrorism and unauthorized access to computers, the statement said.
It did not provide further details.
Tor, a software that enables anonymous web browsing, is a virtual private network that allows users to browse the Internet anonymously.
The Tor network allows people to hide their IP address, meaning that if they were to browse through a web page anonymously, they would not be tracked.
Gwynne, an adult performer, was arrested after a complaint was filed in August by a member of the International Association of Adult Performers, an advocacy group that advocates for sex workers.
Gwynnes lawyer said his client had never been convicted of any crime.
In October, Tor’s chief executive, Ross Ulbricht, was convicted in New York of running a “dark web” site for selling drugs and money laundering.
He faces life in prison when he is sentenced in March.