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6 FEBRUARY 2017 • 11:14 AM
A hacker associated with Anonymous knocked a fifth of the websites on the dark web offline over the weekend in an unprecedented cyber attack that reveals how anything connected to the internet is at risk of being targeted by hackers.
From web cams to websites, cyber criminals can cause massive disruption for the general public by shutting websites down and stealing data. And now they’re targeting the hidden part of the internet, often associated with criminal activity and illicit content.
The hacker has shut down more than 10,000 websites on the darknet in protest against child pornography. They targeted an underlying infrastructure of the dark web called Freedom Hosting II, which hosts 20 per cent of sites and claims to have a “zero tolerance policy to child pornography”.
“We are disappointed,” the hacker wrote in a message posted on the hacked website. “We found while searching that your server is more than 50 per cent child porn.
“Moreover you host many scam sites, some of which are evidently run by yourself to cover hosting expenses.”
When the hacker, who associates with the online hacktivist collective Anonymous, discovered around 10 child sexual abuse sites linked to Freedom Hosting II they decided to take the whole network offline, replacing the sites with a warning message.
As well as taking the websites offline, the hacker also leaked information from the sites, which allegedly included swathes of child pornography images and stolen personal data that was for sale. The information also included thousands of unverified US government email addresses.
It isn’t the first time that digital vigilantes have looked to self-regulate the seemingly lawless dark web. Anonymous targeted the original Freedom Hosting service back in 2011 as part of Operation Darknet, a campaign against child pornography. Then in 2014, hackers associated with the collective targeted online paedophile rings in Operation Death Eaters.
Hackers associated with Anonymous recently declared war on Donald Trumpand threatened that the new US president is “going to regret the next four years”. They have also targeted controversial groups including the Ku Klux Klan and Islamic State.
The news comes as seemingly lawless marketplaces on the dark web, known for selling weapons, drugs, credit card details and other illicit goods, have upped their cyber security. The Hansa site last week announced said that it would pay security researchers up to 10 Bitcoin (£8,230) for disclosing bugs and glitches.
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