The hackitivst group Anonymous are claiming to have taken down over 40 child pornography websites. going as far as posting one site’s list of over 1,500 members.

I’m not going to get into the technical details of what Anonymous did because it is too early in the morning. Besides, they have posted a timeline of events as well as a handful of related documents over on Pastebin you can peruse.

I found the documents to be as entertaining as they were interesting and informative. The chat log between Anonymous members and the supposed owner of a server that hosted child porn was particularly humorous.

But basically, Anonymous hacked a child porn site, Lolita City, and released the site’s list of over 1500 members, including usernames, how long they have been active on the site and how many images they have shared. They are also claiming to have learned the identities of some of the people on the list and have invited the FBI to contact them if they wanted the details.

They also focused their attention towards Freedom Hosting when they found that over 40 sites that host and distribute child porn were using one of their shared servers. Anonymous released the following statement after Freedom Hosting ignored their request to remove all child pornography from their servers:

“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.

For this, Freedom Hosting has been declared #OpDarknet Enemy Number One.

By taking down Freedom Hosting, we are eliminating 40+ child pornography websites, among these is Lolita City, one of the largest child pornography websites to date containing more than 100GB of child pornography.

We will continue to not only crash Freedom Hosting’s server, but any other server we find to contain, promote, or support child pornography.

They followed this statement with a simple demand-slash-warning to all other server admins:

Our demands are simple. Remove all child pornography content from your servers. 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.

Although I have enjoyed the majority of Anonymous’s operations, I will always remain wary of any group that possesses the ability to shut down a company’s cash flow or an individual’s freedom of speech, as evident by Anonymous’ attacks against Sony and the possible attack against the Westboro Baptist Church — especially when said group is reportedly leaderless.

But I got to admit, I wish large chunk of Anonymous members would do nothing but shut down child porn sites and release the names of the pedophiles who are actively trading in child porn.

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