The hacktivist group is once again targeting pedophiles
Over the weekend, the hacktivist group Anonymous apparently grew tired of pedophilia and decided to launch Operation PedoChat (#OpPedoChat). Several websites used by pedophiles to trade questionable images and videos of children have already been taken down. Following is a breaking report by a tech reporter detailing this developing story.
“A quick check of the attacked portals shows some are still down. Unfortunately, others have already returned. At the time of writing, I counted 85 domains being targeted by Anonymous (the number is higher if you count individual websites). This is a growing number: more and more are being added on a regular basis.
Anonymous has promised "defaces, logs & dox and the occasional domain hijack as well." In fact, the first round is already complete, and has been split into four parts of doxing (the act of tracing someone or gathering information about an individual using sources on the Internet): one, two, three, and four. The publicly posted information includes the details of hundreds of pedophiles (both users and administrators of these websites) as well as e-mails between some of them.
This isn't the first time Anonymous has taken on child pornography. While #OpPedoChat seems to be a bold mission, and the group is aware it won't be able to ever complete it, it's important to remember Anonymous has already had success in this area. Back in October 2011, Anonymous attacked over 40 pedophilia-sharing websites and exposed more than 1,500 alleged pedophiles that had been using them as part of Operation Darknet (#OpDarknet). Some have hinted that the two operations are closely tied together.
This time though, Anonymous members behind the initiative seem to be much more set on doing a lot of damage as various factions around the world rally behind the cause. The details of the operation have already been translated into French, German, Greek, and Irish. More translations are coming.
Here's how Operation PedoChat was announced this weekend, in English, via Pastebin:
“Lately, there has been a surge of websites dedicated to pedophiles for chat, picture sharing, etc. These sickos openly advocate concepts like "man-boy love" with statements such as "If the boy [in this case only 8 years old] is asking for it, we shouldn't deny him". This is not limited to boys; boards for little girls exist as well and operate with impunity. Child pornography is frequently traded and even innocent pictures of random children (at the beach, on a playground, etc) are publicly fantasized about. This is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”
As it often does, Anonymous is attempting to rally the public behind its latest cause:
“WE Anonymous aim to diminish if not eradicate this plague from the Internet. For the good of our followers, for the good of mankind, and for our own enjoyment we shall expel from the Internet and systematically destroy any such boards that continue to operate.
YOU are Anonymous as well. YOU can get off your ass and help. Spread the word to fellow Anons, to the press, and encourage them to do the same. Those that can attack are asked to fire their lazors; those that cannot are encouraged to learn. These pedos are very butthurt about being hit too, so there is some LULZ factor in it. SAIL SAFE!”’ - Emil Protalinski