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Anonymous Hackers Take Down Child Porn Websites 481

Posted by timothy
from the value-to-society dept.
chrb writes "According to Security News Daily, Anonymous has taken down more than 40 darknet-based child porn websites over the last week. Details of some of the hacks have been released via pastebin #OpDarknet, including personal details of some users of a site named 'Lolita City,' and DDoS tools that target Hidden Wiki and Freedom Hosting — alleged to be two of the biggest darknet sites hosting child porn."
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Anonymous Hackers Take Down Child Porn Websites

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  • Wow- maybe they can do something good, afterall! Hmm... wait, my brain is going to explode now. Moral........compass...........is............frelled . . . .

  • by Anonymous Coward

    I mean, who wouldn't use false credentials if they were into that sorta thing? Someone is gonna get wrapped up in a lynching who doesn't have the foggiest idea as to why, watch. It's a PR stunt to try to make Anon look like more than a group of petty thugs, as if their ideals deserved attention or merit. Frankly, they can all DIAF.

  • by zcomuto (1700174) on Saturday October 22, 2011 @09:46AM (#37803482)

    The quality of the journalists for Tabloids will be tested with this one, how will they manage to spin this into saying it was an awful tragedy and no one thinks of the children? Assuming they don't just say hacking causes cancer, or something.

  • by Wowsers (1151731) on Saturday October 22, 2011 @09:52AM (#37803522) Journal
    Well, so they took down those "porn" websites, but one has to ask, why the authorities have done nothing, preferring to sit on their backsides? Politicians or police using such sites and they want to cover it up?
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by coolmadsi (823103)

      Well, so they took down those "porn" websites, but one has to ask, why the authorities have done nothing, preferring to sit on their backsides? Politicians or police using such sites and they want to cover it up?

      My guess would be a matter of jurisdiction - can't take down sites outside their country.

      • No it's easy to leave them up and use them as the excuse for internet censorship. Like we are doing in Australia.

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by pyrosine (1787666)
        Are you kidding me? Have you seen the amount of attempts by countries trying to take down sites far outside their jurisdiction? Just look at the example of the pirate bay - endless american entities attempting to take down a swedish site. So what do they do? Alter political will in that country to bend it to their will - something that was actually shown to have happened in the leaked cables.
      • by mcgrew (92797) *

        TFA says they released a list with thousands of identities of pedophiles that haunt these sites. Why don't the authorities of the countries they reside in arrest them? Not many governments condone raping children.

    • Re:Covering up (Score:5, Insightful)

      by IgnoramusMaximus (692000) on Saturday October 22, 2011 @10:47AM (#37803790)

      Well, so they took down those "porn" websites, but one has to ask, why the authorities have done nothing, preferring to sit on their backsides? Politicians or police using such sites and they want to cover it up?

      Sigh. Quality of Slashdot readership is steadily going down.

      These were TOR [torproject.org] sites. That means that the hosting servers are near impossible to track because the TOR network is meant to allow for anonymous hosting.

      Subsequently, unless you manage to globally packet-inspect the entire Internet (which is the very thing that the child-porn crusaders advocate, along with introducing a totalitarian global police state to "protect the children") or somehow crack in and identify the location of these servers from whatever data is within, you cannot even tell what country they are in.

      Freedom Hosting is an extreme libertarian host service, with 0% censorship rules, which is meant to host sites of political dissidents and other web contents that is likely to get you killed by a mob of raving religious lunatics for breaking whatever taboo in whatever nut-infested country you happen to live.

      So Anonymous cracked into some sites hosted on Freedom Hosting and defaced them, stole some meaningless login ids (like those of people logging in with the names of their least-liked politicians or neighbours) and did not even get the IP addresses of the servers or the users because on the TOR network they would be meaningless.

      End result: upgraded and hardened CP sites on TOR.

      This action defines the very concepts of "pointless", "futile" and "counterproductive". Which not very surprising since it is usually the fate of all vigilante witch-hunts in the long run ...

  • It is likely that there are many more child pornography hidden services out there, that are not publicly listed. The hidden services architecture makes it difficult to say how many hidden services there are, and I doubt that the worst child porn websites are keen on being publicly listed.
  • Verification? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Dachannien (617929) on Saturday October 22, 2011 @09:57AM (#37803542)

    How are we even going to know whether or not this is true? Nobody in their right mind would try to verify whether those sites were taken down or not, and even if they did, they sure wouldn't talk about it publicly, what with the risk of the cops showing up just for visiting those sites. Anonymous can pretty much say whatever they want about this with impunity.

    • "Members of the Anonymous hacktivist movement are claiming responsibility for taking down more than 40 secret child-pornography websites and leaking the names of more than 1,500 members of one of the illegal sites."

  • by loafing_oaf (1054200) on Saturday October 22, 2011 @10:02AM (#37803570)
    So they're tackling the only issue about which there is absolutely no debate, just like cable news anchors. Does Anonymous have a PR department now, improving their image?
    • They're not "supposed to be" anything. In fact, if you try and put them in a box, a certain subset will go out and do the opposite just to demonstrate that you can't, in fact, predict their actions.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    http://www.vatican.va/

    still up

    • by godrik (1287354)

      man, you can't do that to me!
      I have mod point and I don't know whether I should mod ou insightful or troll...

  • Child porn people are one of those groups I just can't bring myself to feel sorry for. If Anonymous wants to lay the beat down on their ass I hope the cops let it slide. I know it's not just or legal, and it only encourages them, but this time I just don't care.

    If someone told me a child molester died in a tragic car accident, you can bet I would dispute the word 'tragic'.

    I've never killed a man, but I've read many an obituary with a great deal of satisfaction.
    ~Mark Twain

    • Child porn people are one of those groups I just can't bring myself to feel sorry for.

      If someone told me a child molester died

      Is there evidence that the users of these sites were actually molesting children, rather than just looking at pictures or videos of other people doing so? It is hard to defend someone who likes child pornography, but we do not want to start accusing those people of far worse crimes they may not have committed. Many of these sites were apparently publicly listed (from the wiki), which makes me doubt that there was much new "material" on them (i.e. someone who shares new child pornography images is someon

  • Great PR tactic (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward

    This tactic could work if it they relentlessly keep doing it and gets it publicized. Fighting pedophiles is tried and true way to win support for almost anything.

    Next time some politician attack Anonymous:

    - Oh you are attacking Anonymous?
    - How come you, they are protecting our CHILDREN!

  • I'm not sure why people are surprised. The general collective has always seemed to have a conscience. Their tactics may be illegal but they generally push forward a righteous agenda. Protesting rigged Iranian elections, exposing BofA corruption, defending WikiLeaks and in general defending free speech. I'm not saying they are saints or that they are justified in their actions, just that this fits their m.o.

    I'm not sure how you justify the Sony attacks but I'm sure it had something to do with corporat
  • It's important to remember that just because Anonymous takes responsibility for something, it in no way means it's the same collective of individuals responsible for some other action under the name. That's both the advantage and disadvantage to using that umbrella to cover your actions. There was just a news story the other day of Anonymous hacking another police station. Can people find justification for that nearly as easily as shutting down child porn? What stops a judge from charging an individual

  • by afabbro (33948) on Saturday October 22, 2011 @11:33AM (#37804032) Homepage
    perverted-justice.com [perverted-justice.com] has been taking down pedophiles online for years, and doing it legally.
  • by YTMDetc (2453116) on Saturday October 22, 2011 @03:38PM (#37805630)
    Looking at some of the comments, it seems that a few people don't seem to get Anonymous. Anonymous isn't a group, really - they don't have a common agenda, they don't have common opinions or necessarily common skills. Rather, Anonymous is a label people have claimed and since it seems to be a similar type of person each time (e.g. from a certain part of the Internet, hacks sites or brings them down, may be vigilantes or may well be trolling), people still hold the misconception that they are somehow a unified group. They're not. Anonymous are anonymous. That's the point. There is no link between anything they do except people copycatting each other, and using the label. Thus Anonymous is not a group - I would say it is more of a phenomenon that has arisen, with the help of the Internet.

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