Anonymous claims it shut down over 40 child porn sites

Anonymous has been very public in the last several months about its various attacks on web sites owned and operated by the federal government and businesses. Much of their attacks have been blatantly illegal, even though the group believes its actions to be justified. Now comes word that Anonymous has gone after a group that is far worse; operators of child pornography sites.

Security News Daily reports that the group started "Operation Darknet" over a week ago when it discovered a secret network of web sites under the name the Hidden Wiki. These sites contained links to child porn sites that were being hosted by something called Freedom Hosting. Anonymous decided to put its efforts to attacking and shutting down Freedom Hosting's servers and it seems to have succeeded.

In a statement on the Pastebin web site, Anonymous said, "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 100 GB 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."

Now this is the kind of hacking we approve of. Anonymous as a whole may have some ideas about the government and businesses that we don't agree with but there's no disagreement that child porn in any form is reprehensible and should be eliminated. The kinds of people who sneak around and create shadow web sites and file servers to distribute child porn are the lowest of the low and we doubt that law enforcement officials would argue with Anonymous' attempts to do away with this kind of behavior.

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I don't know why anyone reports "Anonymous says". It's a collectivist organization where people can participate in projects or not, anonymously. Report on their effects, not the chatter coming from a member or channel claiming to be an official soapbox. There isn't one.

jd100 said,
And how is it they know about these supposed websites unless they visit them.

you just said what i was thinking also wouldn't that mean there was also in posession of the stuff since they visited those sites

It definitely is a stunt to try to get sympathy for their own illegal crimes. Perhaps they need to look in a mirror at themselves. Seriously.

Seems pretty evident, even from some comments here, that pedophiles are still everywhere and even here.

From the screenshots posted of freedom hosts main page it's some single guy running a BSD server from his home hosting these sites and anonymous should release his information to law enforcement and seize that BSD server.

And whoever said the law needs years to catch these people? they only need proof and a good bust, they're jailing people for less crimes everyday, they just need to take their finger out and actually get a decent cyber crime squad that can do what Anonymous can, Not to mention stop their own law enforcement people found with the same child porn.

All these people involved should be named and shamed and so should the law enforcement agencies that let this single guy host so much crap doing nothing.

i dont think that giving name helps coz as us law says that would be evidence without warrant and not submittable in court (according to tv's i've seen what do i know i'm not american) so better shut it off. so even if its vigilant i'd still applause for the cause.

And vigilantism is still bad, they could have turned whatever information they had over the child porn sites over to the authorities if they wanted to help.

epic! now there taking down sites that the whole world hates. to me it sounds like there recruiting to the cause, when u get your head out of your ass and think about what they are doing its noble and makes sense. Anonymous isnt one person, its all of us, **** the corrupt politicians that dont care about you and want to line their pockets.

s14a said,
epic! now there taking down sites that the whole world hates. to me it sounds like there recruiting to the cause, when u get your head out of your ass and think about what they are doing its noble and makes sense. Anonymous isnt one person, its all of us, **** the corrupt politicians that dont care about you and want to line their pockets.

Apperently the whole world doesnt hate them, or they never would be put up to begin with.

s14a said,
epic! now there taking down sites that the whole world hates. to me it sounds like there recruiting to the cause, when u get your head out of your ass and think about what they are doing its noble and makes sense. Anonymous isnt one person, its all of us, **** the corrupt politicians that dont care about you and want to line their pockets.

Come on... how is just hacking some of these sites going to change anything?

It's like taking a knife off of Charles Manson.

When this article uses the phrases "Anonymous says" and "Anonymous claims", who are they referring to, if Anonymous has no official representatives?

The sad thing about this story is that criminals are protected and have too many rights. If Anonymous is ever caught for his hacking of websites and such, They would never credit him for shutting down these child porn sites unfortunately. In fact they might even prosecute him for it too!

Surely by taking the sites down, they've eliminated the chance of the police doing what they have to do to catch these sickos ? Maybe they should have left the sites up, but sent all the crucial info to the police, so they could do it and at the same time, make some arrests? Anonymous didn't do this for the good of the net. They did it to boost their credibility as a group. But just by being anonymous, they have zero credibility. Well done, but I don't think it will achieve much.

If this hosting provider are known to be hosting so many child porn sights, why are the police not all over it? I don't understand. But fair play to Anonymous - most definitely a noble cause!

Now this is good hacking. Now they should release website owner's info so we all can visit them & have a good "talk".

k37chup said,
Now this is good hacking. Now they should release website owner's info so we all can visit them & have a good "talk".

while they have shut down the websites, the law inforcement officials who were already
dealing with invistagations now have a harder job to do. the correct thing for anonymous to do would be to pass on the information they have to the officials. and not leak the info to the public.

xSuRgEx said,

while they have shut down the websites, the law inforcement officials who were already
dealing with invistagations now have a harder job to do. the correct thing for anonymous to do would be to pass on the information they have to the officials. and not leak the info to the public.

You don't know if law enforcement was after this sites or not. We don't even know if they made to get the "fan database" which Anonymous leaked. IMO, they helped, good job Anon.

Actually not all pornography is okay and is deemed illegal so your logic is flawed. Besides the moral and ethical reasons age is the main factor as someone under age is considered a child and therefore is illegal to exploit or harm that child. Where as legit porn companies have disclaimers stating the girl guy etc is 18 or older. To sit there and compare child porn to adult porn is a showing of how little you understand about morals and ethics

How many of the people here applauding this apply this standard to pornography in general?

Let me guess, it is okay the instant that someone is legally at or above some arbitrary age, but it is wrong the instant before then. There is no logical reason for such behavior to become okay when someone is older by one second, minute, hour, day, week, month, year, etcetera. The only possible function it could serve would be to enable people to rationalize amoral behavior by saying to themselves "well, I only exploit them after x point, therefore exploiting them is okay". The hypocrisy of such ideas is incredible.

If pornography is okay, then what Anonymous did was wrong by all meanings of the word. if all pornography is wrong, then what Anonymous did was a good thing. There are no other logical ways of reasoning about this.

Shining Arcanine said,
How many of the people here applauding this apply this standard to pornography in general?

Let me guess, it is okay the instant that someone is legally at or above some arbitrary age, but it is wrong the instant before then. There is no logical reason for such behavior to become okay when someone is older by one second, minute, hour, day, week, month, year, etcetera. The only possible function it could serve would be to enable people to rationalize amoral behavior by saying to themselves "well, I only exploit them after x point, therefore exploiting them is okay". The hypocrisy of such ideas is incredible.

If pornography is okay, then what Anonymous did was wrong by all meanings of the word. if all pornography is wrong, then what Anonymous did was a good thing. There are no other logical ways of reasoning about this.


if its clearly an adult person in the video then its clearly ok... if its jailbait then i'd think that they leave it too, given the benefit of the doubt
but if its clearly children being made to have sex, then thats when theres no hypocrisy or logical reasoning needed

carmatic said,

if its clearly an adult person in the video then its clearly ok... if its jailbait then i'd think that they leave it too, given the benefit of the doubt
but if its clearly children being made to have sex, then thats when theres no hypocrisy or logical reasoning needed

The point is (I believe), that above the legal age, those in porn know what they're doing. If they're a young teen or pre-teen, they could have been groomed or otherwise deceived.

smooth_criminal1990 said,

The point is (I believe), that above the legal age, those in porn know what they're doing. If they're a young teen or pre-teen, they could have been groomed or otherwise deceived.

I'm going to sit on the fence on this one - It's definitely a good thing that there are fewer CP sites on the internet, having said that if they were being monitored by official agencies to bust everyone involved then this may have won the battle but lost the war if you know what I mean. But to say that adults who take part in porn know what they are doing may not always be the case. Adults can just as easily be groomed, abused or offered pharmaceutical incentives to take part and that is pretty heinous in itself.

Edited by Pygmy_Hippo, Oct 23 2011, 11:16am :

carmatic said,

if its clearly an adult person in the video then its clearly ok...

What do you define as adult? How old they look or how old they are? US Adult or UK Adult? One is 18 the other 16. 200 years ago it was much younger.

It's all very arbitrary.

Shining Arcanine said,
How many of the people here applauding this apply this standard to pornography in general?

Let me guess, it is okay the instant that someone is legally at or above some arbitrary age, but it is wrong the instant before then. There is no logical reason for such behavior to become okay when someone is older by one second, minute, hour, day, week, month, year, etcetera. The only possible function it could serve would be to enable people to rationalize amoral behavior by saying to themselves "well, I only exploit them after x point, therefore exploiting them is okay". The hypocrisy of such ideas is incredible.

If pornography is okay, then what Anonymous did was wrong by all meanings of the word. if all pornography is wrong, then what Anonymous did was a good thing. There are no other logical ways of reasoning about this.

I don't think you understand just how young some of the children are. We're talking pre teen here, in some cases well below that, practically still babies, and in the worst cases, actual babies.

These sick ******* should be hung.

carmatic said,

if its clearly an adult person in the video then its clearly ok... if its jailbait then i'd think that they leave it too, given the benefit of the doubt
but if its clearly children being made to have sex, then thats when theres no hypocrisy or logical reasoning needed

What if they are consenting children ? Can't a children choose to have sex ? If not, why ? And who decides that ?

Shining Arcanine said,
How many of the people here applauding this apply this standard to pornography in general?

Let me guess, it is okay the instant that someone is legally at or above some arbitrary age, but it is wrong the instant before then. There is no logical reason for such behavior to become okay when someone is older by one second, minute, hour, day, week, month, year, etcetera. The only possible function it could serve would be to enable people to rationalize amoral behavior by saying to themselves "well, I only exploit them after x point, therefore exploiting them is okay". The hypocrisy of such ideas is incredible.

If pornography is okay, then what Anonymous did was wrong by all meanings of the word. if all pornography is wrong, then what Anonymous did was a good thing. There are no other logical ways of reasoning about this.

Well... what do you propose?

DrunkenBeard said,
What if they are consenting children ? Can't a children choose to have sex ? If not, why ? And who decides that ?
"Hello, I'm Chris Hansen. Would you please take a seat over there?"

DrunkenBeard said,

What if they are consenting children ? Can't a children choose to have sex ? If not, why ? And who decides that ?

is this guy for real? is there a way to ban people in thi site?

chago12 said,

is this guy for real? is there a way to ban people in thi site?


You have no right to ban anyone since you are younger than 100 years old.

I'm quite sure this isn't girls 17 years and 364 days old. We're probably talking about preteens, and while you could make a case for lowering the age at which pornography is legal, you certainly can't include children who haven't even begun puberty. They're just not biologically ready yet for sex.

Child protection agencies around the world constantly work together, and often they are working with the groups who run these types of sites, monitoring and tracking just so they can take down the pedo ring networks by raiding home addresses.

It usually takes a few years before they're ready with enough evidence and have the home addresses of the pedos running these sites. It takes a hell of a lot of work to gain the pedo's trust and what anonymous are doing here might seem like a great yey-hor for the good, but in reality they could just be making it a lot more work for the people who're trying to put these guys/girls (whoever) behind bars.

Still, nice to see things happen even if the hidden wiki is an onion site, be interesting to see how they've found the hosts of it.

sagum said,

True, and there is no doubt that it is effective, and headline-making. The problem is the length of time it takes to get to the end result. Anon don't have the same resources, so they're doing what they're good at. Can't knock them for that, really.

That and the outside chance that some of these might be legit nudist sites. where it's unfortunately legal to trade in nudist video's. course the video's are very strict on how they are traded. find them on non nudist sites they tend to get punted.

lordofangels said,
well done Anonymous, see it's that easy to rid the net of these scum,
now why is this not done by law enforcement, hosting, isp's etc

They're too busy protecting big business from pirates. Sadly there is no money in busting these kinds of psychos. I'll leave my point inferred, I'm sure you see where I'm going with this.

I think law enforcement would be more interested in names, details and records of credit card payements instead of getting the news that they ddos'ed some of those sites. But at least it's already a somewhat nobler goal

XerXis said,
I think law enforcement would be more interested in names, details and records of credit card payements instead of getting the news that they ddos'ed some of those sites. But at least it's already a somewhat nobler goal

Given what they were able to do to that security company, it'd be pretty sad if the Child Porn rings had better security.

XerXis said,
I think law enforcement would be more interested in names, details and records of credit card payements instead of getting the news that they ddos'ed some of those sites. But at least it's already a somewhat nobler goal

According to their pastebin, they've dumped every username from one of the sites. It won't be proof exactly, but what's the betting that some of the people used the same username on facebook or something.

Uhyve said,

According to their pastebin, they've dumped every username from one of the sites. It won't be proof exactly, but what's the betting that some of the people used the same username on facebook or something.

Yeah and unfortunatly for the people who have a common username, that might just spell trouble for innocent people.