Thursday, January 19, 2012

Chronicles of the Anonymous: Heroes and Villains


Operation Darknet or #OpDarknet, the large scale attack against online pedophiles, was launched by Anonymous in what was considered by most as one of their more “noble” endeavors.

Basically, a darknet website is a closed private network of computers used for file sharing. Darknet websites are part of the invisible web, sometimes called the deep web, containing content that is not part of the surface web, which is indexed by standard search engines.

Since child pornography is strictly prohibited practically the world over, fetishists have to resort to file sharing and hosting sites in the deep web to keep their illegal activities out of the limelight. Most child porn users also resort to tools that protect their anonymity online such as Tor, a free software tool and an open network that helps defend against network surveillance by bouncing user communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world. Simply put, your I.P. as well as physical location remain unseen by the sites you visit.

In a pastebin release, available here, Anonymous describes how it brought down the file sharing network attributed with an estimated 100 gb of child pornorgraphy. A look at their online statement addressed to the users would be interesting:

Our Statement
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.

Our Demands
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.

 to be continued...

Nathan J. Marasigan, Entry No. 5

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