Hacker linked to Anonymous shuts down 1000s of Dark Web sites linked to child porn

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Anonymous hackers have claimed responsibility for shutting down over 10,000 dark web pages sites linked to child pornography.

The hacker’s latest attack targeted Freedom Hosting II, the largest hosting of underground websites.

The hacker who claimed to have carried out the attack told Motherboard that over 50% of all files hosted related to child pornography.

This latest hack reportedly affected around 20% of the dark web as well as cracking a system that had been protected by sophisticated barriers so was particularly notable.

Users of the affect dark web were met by a message from the Anonymous crew announcing, “Hello Freedom Hosting II, you have been hacked,” it was reported.

“We are disappointed,” the message added. “This is an excerpt from your front page, ‘We have a zero tolerance policy for child pornography.’ All your files have been copied and your database has been dumped.”

The note concluded, “We are Anonymous. We do not forgive. We do not forget. You should have expected us.” The message noted that the operation was “surprisingly easy.”

On top of the message, the hacker demanded 1 Bitcoin (valued at $100) to return stolen data – allegedly effecting 400,000 users although it is not clear if this is a serious demand or not.

The hacker says that he just wanted to access Freedom Hosting initially but on realising how much child pornography was available he decided to shut it down.

A previous hack by Anonymous in 2011 infiltrated around 40 child porn sites and published names of users resulting in law enforcement agencies getting involved. A further hack took place in 2014 which the group called Operation Death Eaters.

The group has also recently threatened President Trump claiming he will “regret the next four years.”

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