This is a tough one. Is this Anonymous’ attempt to Robinhood their way out of trouble? While I don’t condone hacking, I can’t deny I would do almost anything to get pedophiles and any trafficker of children off the street. What do you think?
Anonymous publishes ‘pedophile list’
Published: Oct. 24, 2011 at 1:03 PM
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 (UPI) — The hacking group Anonymous posted a list of more than 1,500 people online who it says used a child porn Web site.
The posting comes after the group shut down more than 40 pedophile Web sites last week that were exchanging images through an anonymous Tor network, the technology site TG Daily reported Monday.
“The owners and operators at Freedom Hosting are openly supporting child pornography and enabling pedophiles to view innocent children, fueling their issues and putting children at risk of abduction, molestation, rape and death,” Anonymous said in a statement on Pastebin.
“By taking down Freedom Hosting, we are eliminating 40-plus child pornography Web sites, among these is Lolita City, one of the largest child pornography Web sites to date containing more than 100 gigabytes of child pornography.”
The group then published a list of more than 1,500 names it says were users of the site.
“If the FBI, Interpol, or other law enforcement agency should happen to come across this list, please use it to investigate and bring justice to the people listed here,” it says.
Anonymous, the group of high-powered hackers famous for taking down websites belonging to Bank of America and Sony, has turned its vigilante brand of online activism to child pornography sites.The “hacktivists” are targeting web host Freedom Hosting and accusing it of knowingly hosting child pornography. This marks a shift for Anonymous, which is better known for hitting corporate and big-business sites with DDoS attacks, briefly taking over operations or scraping information.
Anonymous released a statement condemning Freedom Hosting for its alleged practices and warning all other child pornography sites to take down their materials, reports BGR.
“Our demands are simple. Remove all child pornography content from your servers,” Anonymous wrote in a statement. “Refuse to provide hosting services to any website dealing with child pornography. This statement is not just aimed at Freedom Hosting, but everyone on the internet. It does not matter who you are, if we find you to be hosting, promoting, or supporting child pornography, you will become a target.”
Since the attacks began on Oct. 15, Anonymous has removed pornographic links, shut down access to all clients of Freedom Hosting and declared the web host as “#OpDarknet Enemy Number One.” You can check out the full statement from Anonymous on BGR.
Regardless if you’re a fan of Anonymous, it’s definitely better to be out of its sight. What do you think of Anonymous going after child-pornography websites instead of corporations and government? Let us know in the comments.