Anon takes down concealed child porn hub

 

People claiming to be part of online group Anonymous have taken down a website hidden from regular view on the Tor network. The account details of 1,589 users of Lolita City were leaked to the public as proof of the groups attack.

Tor is a system used to gain anonymity online and is used to share files. It has become popular with users sharing movies and music, giving them an extra layer of protection from copyright holders pursuing pirates. Unfortunately, the anonymity attracts users that deal in vile images and videos of child abuse, using the “darknet” to file share.

The attack on the hub is part of a larger crusade against paedophiles, labelled Operation Darknet. The call to arms from the group also referenced “To Catch a Predator”, a reality television show that trapped and confronted paedophiles.

The group has been criticised for the attacks, which began on the 14th of October, because of vigilantism and not leaving the matter to the proper authorities.

Their intentions may have been good, but take-downs of illegal websites and sharing networks should be done by the authorities, not internet vigilantes.

When ‘amateurs’ attack there is always the risk that they are compromising an existing investigation, preventing the police from gathering the necessary evidence they require for a successful prosecution, or making it difficult to argue that evidence has not been corrupted by hackers.

The anonymous hackers may feel they have done the right thing, but they may actually have inadvertently put more children at risk through their actions.

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But other people online are congratulating the group for their actions, saying the police would not have caught the culprits or that the child pornographers deserved whatever attacks are fired at them.

 

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