Anonymous Busts Child Porn Ring

AnonymousFunny, how the mainstream media isn’t all over this one, given Anonymous has been a great punching bag for them. Think they are still upset about the Stock Exchange? … Sara Yin reports in PC Magazine:

Hacker group Anonymous briefly crashed a large collection of child pornography Web sites, and published the names of its patrons.

Last week, the cyber vigilantes, better known for targeting large corporations and oppressive government regimes, used a brute force attack to infiltrate a server called Freedom Hosting, which housed about 40 child porn sites. The biggest site was Lolita City, which contained more than 100GB of content.

According to a timeline of events posted on Pastebin, Anonymous said before taking down the sites, it issued a warning to Freedom Hosting to remove the illegal content. When it failed to do so, Anonymous attacked. The sites were down for about five minutes before an admin restored them, upon which Anonymous again launched a successful attack. Later, the group posted on Pastebin the names of 1,589 individuals who visited Lolita City.

“If the FBI, Interpol, or other law enforcement agency should happen to come across this list, please use it to investigate and bring justice to the people listed here,” Anonymous wrote in a statement.

More: PC Magazine

85 Comments on "Anonymous Busts Child Porn Ring"

  1. Vi0let_femme | Oct 26, 2011 at 2:07 am |

    Thank you for this Anonymous.  You are my heroes

  2. Vi0let_femme | Oct 26, 2011 at 2:07 am |

    Thank you for this Anonymous.  You are my heroes

  3. Vi0let_femme | Oct 25, 2011 at 10:07 pm |

    Thank you for this Anonymous.  You are my heroes

  4. Perhaps this story hasn’t been covered much because there is no reasonable way of verifying it. I mean, what is a news agency going to do, attempt to log on to these sites to see if there actually down or that they actually traffic in kiddie porn? How about these names that they’ve published. They could’ve come from anywhere, for all we know.

    I think It’s entirely possible that this happened, but I don’t think that the lack of coverage is necessarily due to any sort of shenanigans on the part of the media.

  5. Perhaps this story hasn’t been covered much because there is no reasonable way of verifying it. I mean, what is a news agency going to do, attempt to log on to these sites to see if there actually down or that they actually traffic in kiddie porn? How about these names that they’ve published. They could’ve come from anywhere, for all we know.

    I think It’s entirely possible that this happened, but I don’t think that the lack of coverage is necessarily due to any sort of shenanigans on the part of the media.

  6. Perhaps this story hasn’t been covered much because there is no reasonable way of verifying it. I mean, what is a news agency going to do, attempt to log on to these sites to see if there actually down or that they actually traffic in kiddie porn? How about these names that they’ve published. They could’ve come from anywhere, for all we know.

    I think It’s entirely possible that this happened, but I don’t think that the lack of coverage is necessarily due to any sort of shenanigans on the part of the media.

  7. *they’re*

  8. *they’re*

  9. Anonymous | Oct 26, 2011 at 2:48 am |

    They smashed a host with 40 porn sites and an assassination market.
    This is either the most idiotic group of criminals or the world’s most obvious honeypot.
    (Serpico has a sad looking at all the well dressed neat and tidy undercover cops).

    People need to know the truth.
    Their doxing was extremely lacking. Not even one personal address and phone number.
    Then they started accusing random people of being involved.
    Claimed information came from people having access to various resources.

    Crusaders are impotent thugs. They busted a bunch of people who will never do anything. Go after the Dyncorp sex trafficking rings. 200,000 young girls, children, and women get traded between contractors around the world each year.

  10. VarmintReaper | Oct 25, 2011 at 10:48 pm |

    They smashed a host with 40 porn sites and an assassination market.
    This is either the most idiotic group of criminals or the world’s most obvious honeypot.
    (Serpico has a sad looking at all the well dressed neat and tidy undercover cops).

    People need to know the truth.
    Their doxing was extremely lacking. Not even one personal address and phone number.
    Then they started accusing random people of being involved.
    Claimed information came from people having access to various resources.

    Crusaders are impotent thugs. They busted a bunch of people who will never do anything. Go after the Dyncorp sex trafficking rings. 200,000 young girls, children, and women get traded between contractors around the world each year.

    • The military contractor Dyncorp?  Please expound.

      • emperorreagan | Oct 26, 2011 at 9:47 am |

        Dyncorp was busted in the late 90s for running sex trade in Bosnia which included prostituting women and children.  The whistle blowers were black listed of course and Dyncorp has tried to bury the history, but you can still find lots of information with a google search.

        Some of the cables leaked in the past year from Wikileaks have revealed that Dyncorp is up to its old shenanigans in Afghanistan, running prostitute rings.  Particularly disgusting, they’re implicated as prostituting young boys for bacha bazi – see the documentary here: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/dancingboys/ about bacha bazi.

  11. Walterpepper | Oct 26, 2011 at 2:58 am |

    Good on them for using their super powers for good.

  12. Walterpepper | Oct 25, 2011 at 10:58 pm |

    Good on them for using their super powers for good.

    • Anonymous | Oct 26, 2011 at 2:36 pm |

      Anonymous isnt inherently bad: they act upon they’re own moral code. Much as the same way the government has values, and the church has values, so does Anonymous. Of course, there are different parts within Anonymous that step outside the general boundaries IE Lulzsec, who hacked for the hell of it to prove a point.

      Anon general wants to go against ‘Copywrong’, and keep internet as a separate zone for the most part. One right I know concerns quite a few Anons is how DDoS is illegal, where in reality it is the same as picketing. 

      And just remember, Anonymous is seen as bad due to media lighting on the subject because they ‘hack’, and hacking is ‘bad’.

  13. Anonymous | Oct 26, 2011 at 5:17 am |

         For the record, Anonymous is not a hacker group. They are not necessarily hacktivists or crusaders or internet thugs. They are not tied to 4chan any more than any other image board or any internet domain at all, really. They have no members and no leader. They have no single culture. They do not universally uphold any one belief. They do not necessarily use the name “Anonymous.” Any time you post anything on the internet or otherwise engage in mass communication without using your real name, you are Anonymous. When a lot of internet users get pissed off about the same thing and try to do something about it, they use the name Anonymous and borrow icons from imageboard memes to present a unified banner for the cause they are currently pissed about, and then the rest of us have to listen to some dumbass on the news call them “Hackers on steroids,” or “members of the secret society known as Anonymous.'”

         I am a “member” of Anonymous. If you use the internet, you are also a “member” a vast majority of the time. If you have no computer and no internet connection, you are still probably a “member” of Anonymous. Quit thinking there’s some kind of Black Hand of the internet wielding an army of hackers every damn time some kids get a lot of other kids to use LOIC at the same time.

  14. Anonymous | Oct 26, 2011 at 1:17 am |

         For the record, Anonymous is not a hacker group. They are not necessarily hacktivists or crusaders or internet thugs. They are not tied to 4chan any more than any other image board or any internet domain at all, really. They have no members and no leader. They have no single culture. They do not universally uphold any one belief. They do not necessarily use the name “Anonymous.” Any time you post anything on the internet or otherwise engage in mass communication without using your real name, you are Anonymous. When a lot of internet users get pissed off about the same thing and try to do something about it, they use the name Anonymous and borrow icons from imageboard memes to present a unified banner for the cause they are currently pissed about, and then the rest of us have to listen to some dumbass on the news call them “Hackers on steroids,” or “members of the secret society known as Anonymous.'”

         I am a “member” of Anonymous. If you use the internet, you are also a “member” a vast majority of the time. If you have no computer and no internet connection, you are still probably a “member” of Anonymous. Quit thinking there’s some kind of Black Hand of the internet wielding an army of hackers every damn time some kids get a lot of other kids to use LOIC at the same time.

    • MESS WITH THE BEST, DIE LIKE THE REST

    • Wutwutrawr | Oct 26, 2011 at 11:32 pm |

      yes in a way were all anonymous, but you’re wrong to say its not a hacker group, there aren’t members, and there aren’t leaders. There is a group, they actually go out of the way to say this… do you know anything about anonymous?

  15. There needs to be a constant DDOS on a site like that. Government is all over us for pot but some dumb ass sex freak can run such a site without Feds doing anything . What a fucking world we live in. I’m going to go puke now, someone come hold my head up please. 

  16. There needs to be a constant DDOS on a site like that. Government is all over us for pot but some dumb ass sex freak can run such a site without Feds doing anything . What a fucking world we live in. I’m going to go puke now, someone come hold my head up please. 

    • Zwenkwiel | Oct 26, 2011 at 1:12 pm |

      in case you didn’t realize
      the Internet is international
      if that server happens to be based in another country your government can do little more than ask the government of said country to take action against the site and it’s owners

    • JoiquimCouteau | Oct 26, 2011 at 4:12 pm |

      People buy and sell drugs online without anyone doing anything about it

  17. This is great news.  This is exactly what needs to happen.  We are at war online just as much as we are in life.  

  18. This is great news.  This is exactly what needs to happen.  We are at war online just as much as we are in life.  

  19. MESS WITH THE BEST, DIE LIKE THE REST

  20. The military contractor Dyncorp?  Please expound.

  21. Fuckin right! Any of the 1 percent on the list?

  22. Fuckin right! Any of the 1 percent on the list?

  23. Fuckobama | Oct 26, 2011 at 1:28 pm |

    Anonymous: Helping humanity. The U.S. Government: Helping their financiers. 

  24. Fuckobama | Oct 26, 2011 at 9:28 am |

    Anonymous: Helping humanity. The U.S. Government: Helping their financiers. 

  25. emperorreagan | Oct 26, 2011 at 1:47 pm |

    Dyncorp was busted in the late 90s for running sex trade in Bosnia which included prostituting women and children.  The whistle blowers were black listed of course and Dyncorp has tried to bury the history, but you can still find lots of information with a google search.

    Some of the cables leaked in the past year from Wikileaks have revealed that Dyncorp is up to its old shenanigans in Afghanistan, running prostitute rings.  Particularly disgusting, they’re implicated as prostituting young boys for bacha bazi – see the documentary here: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/dancingboys/ about bacha bazi.

  26. One thing to remember, and this is a MAJOR issue: Any of the information obtained was done so by illegal means which means NONE of it is admissible in a court of law. NONE. Not one shred. In fact, anything “discovered” after being obtained through these means will be thrown out of court very quickly.

  27. One thing to remember, and this is a MAJOR issue: Any of the information obtained was done so by illegal means which means NONE of it is admissible in a court of law. NONE. Not one shred. In fact, anything “discovered” after being obtained through these means will be thrown out of court very quickly.

    • Thank you. At least someone else understands something around here. 

      • I think that is the point exactly to make here. Sometimes the law has problems getting the right things done, this group gave them means to actually investigate something that could be a substantial break in getting rid of the worlds problems and they can’t take it, because “it’s not legal”. Seems like we might want to rethink our programs if we can’t stop the people through legal means.

        • Porno has been shown to reduce incidences of rape. Do you think that doesn’t apply to kiddie porn? In all likelihood, prosecuting these people will do more harm than good.

          • Dori Loga | Oct 27, 2011 at 2:55 am |

            @man Yunsoo… You comment is way off base here. What do you think is happening in these ‘kiddie pornos’?  Children are being raped, and molested to get the vile content these disgusting people are watching…. Regular porn has willing, payed, ADULTS…. Not forced children!   These people should be prosecuted to the fullest extent… The people who watch it, and any who are involved in anyway!

          • Are you telling us that you’ve been watching those 100 GB and found it all to be forced kids? Shouldn’t you be arrested, then?

          • Pedo Bear | Oct 27, 2011 at 8:25 pm |

            Approves.

          • Idiots Rule | Oct 28, 2011 at 2:57 pm |

            You have to be fucking kidding me? so your saying its okay to watch child porn so yo udont go out and fuck some kid? are you fucking for real? You think these kids have a say? You think they want to be doing this? You think its right someone else can stick their cock in some 3 year olds ass so you dont have to go do it yourself..holy fuck..what is this world coming to. Maybe its best that we are put out of misery. Our society is too messed up.

  28. Good work Anonymous! Thank you!

  29. Good work Anonymous! Thank you!

    • For ruining any possible investigation and put the bastards behind bars?

      • Mysophobe | Oct 26, 2011 at 9:59 pm |

        You keep saying that, but I think you are mistaken. Yes, an officer of the court can taint an investigation by using illegal means in the discovery process, but I don’t believe that applies in this case. Giving the authorities a name is just that, regardless of how it was obtained. That’s why the court can grant legal immunity to a co-conspirator in a criminal investigation without jeapordizing the case. Shit, the police act on anonymous tips all the time. You’re trying to apply the state’s rules of conduct where they don’t apply.

  30. None of that will be admissible in court. The websites will sprout somewhere else.

  31. None of that will be admissible in court. The websites will sprout somewhere else.

  32. Zwenkwiel | Oct 26, 2011 at 5:12 pm |

    in case you didn’t realize
    the Internet is international
    if that server happens to be based in another country your government can do little more than ask the government of said country to take action against the site and it’s owners

  33. Anonymous | Oct 26, 2011 at 5:34 pm |

    Classic. Child porn attack turns public into police state loving mob. Meanwhile, in Oakland…

    Again, if you’ve got evidence like a forum where people trade Facebook passwords and have access to home addresses of children as a result then you’ve got something.

    The information here was crap.

    Anyway, I’m not one to disown my brothers and sisters in Anon, but I think this needs serious discussion.

  34. VarmintReaper | Oct 26, 2011 at 1:34 pm |

    Classic. Child porn attack turns public into police state loving mob. Meanwhile, in Oakland…

    Again, if you’ve got evidence like a forum where people trade Facebook passwords and have access to home addresses of children as a result then you’ve got something.

    The information here was crap.

    Anyway, I’m not one to disown my brothers and sisters in Anon, but I think this needs serious discussion.

  35. For ruining any possible investigation and put the bastards behind bars?

  36. Thank you. At least someone else understands something around here. 

  37. exercing censorship on my comments now disinfo? because people should know that bashing those sites destroyed some evidences that could have been used in court. And the kiddie porn websites will just come back up under new domains.. 

  38. exercing censorship on my comments now disinfo? because people should know that bashing those sites destroyed some evidences that could have been used in court. And the kiddie porn websites will just come back up under new domains.. 

  39. Anonymous | Oct 26, 2011 at 6:36 pm |

    Anonymous isnt inherently bad: they act upon they’re own moral code. Much as the same way the government has values, and the church has values, so does Anonymous. Of course, there are different parts within Anonymous that step outside the general boundaries IE Lulzsec, who hacked for the hell of it to prove a point.

    Anon general wants to go against ‘Copywrong’, and keep internet as a separate zone for the most part. One right I know concerns quite a few Anons is how DDoS is illegal, where in reality it is the same as picketing. 

    And just remember, Anonymous is seen as bad due to media lighting on the subject because they ‘hack’, and hacking is ‘bad’.

  40. Shut yah damn grammar nazi…

  41. Anonymous | Oct 26, 2011 at 8:12 pm |

    People buy and sell drugs online without anyone doing anything about it

  42. Interesting how “Anonymous” is a name for everyone who does anything on the internet nowadays.  

  43. Interesting how “Anonymous” is a name for everyone who does anything on the internet nowadays.  

  44. You’re right. How dare I correct myself.

  45. You’re right. How dare I correct myself.

  46. Butthole bandit | Oct 27, 2011 at 12:45 am |

    It will never be on mainstream media. They want us to believe their evil and angry at everything. That’s why media has to much power. ALL A GIANT FUCKING CONSPIRACY MAN

  47. Butthole bandit | Oct 26, 2011 at 8:45 pm |

    It will never be on mainstream media. They want us to believe their evil and angry at everything. That’s why media has to much power. ALL A GIANT FUCKING CONSPIRACY MAN

  48. I think that is the point exactly to make here. Sometimes the law has problems getting the right things done, this group gave them means to actually investigate something that could be a substantial break in getting rid of the worlds problems and they can’t take it, because “it’s not legal”. Seems like we might want to rethink our programs if we can’t stop the people through legal means.

  49. Mysophobe | Oct 27, 2011 at 1:59 am |

    You keep saying that, but I think you are mistaken. Yes, an officer of the court can taint an investigation by using illegal means in the discovery process, but I don’t believe that applies in this case. Giving the authorities a name is just that, regardless of how it was obtained. That’s why the court can grant legal immunity to a co-conspirator in a criminal investigation without jeapordizing the case. Shit, the police act on anonymous tips all the time. You’re trying to apply the state’s rules of conduct where they don’t apply.

  50. Wutwutrawr | Oct 27, 2011 at 3:32 am |

    yes in a way were all anonymous, but you’re wrong to say its not a hacker group, there aren’t members, and there aren’t leaders. There is a group, they actually go out of the way to say this… do you know anything about anonymous?

  51. Porno has been shown to reduce incidences of rape. Do you think that doesn’t apply to kiddie porn? In all likelihood, prosecuting these people will do more harm than good.

  52. Dori Loga | Oct 27, 2011 at 6:55 am |

    @man Yunsoo… You comment is way off base here. What do you think is happening in these ‘kiddie pornos’?  Children are being raped, and molested to get the vile content these disgusting people are watching…. Regular porn has willing, payed, ADULTS…. Not forced children!   These people should be prosecuted to the fullest extent… The people who watch it, and any who are involved in anyway!

  53. rezaul 622 | Oct 27, 2011 at 10:50 am |

    I didn’t intend anything to hurt the reputation of anyone on the New
    England Patriots, or on behalf of Robert Kraft,” Gronkowski said.
    “That’s all. It was just a simple picture. That’s all. From here on out,
    I’m just here to talk about the Pittsburgh Steelers and the big game
    this weekend.

  54. rezaul 622 | Oct 27, 2011 at 6:50 am |

    I didn’t intend anything to hurt the reputation of anyone on the New
    England Patriots, or on behalf of Robert Kraft,” Gronkowski said.
    “That’s all. It was just a simple picture. That’s all. From here on out,
    I’m just here to talk about the Pittsburgh Steelers and the big game
    this weekend.

  55. rezaul 622 | Oct 27, 2011 at 10:52 am |

    The sites were down for about five minutes before an admin restored
    them, upon which Anonymous again launched a successful attack. Later,
    the group posted on Pastebin the names of 1,589 individuals who visited
    Lolita City

  56. rezaul 622 | Oct 27, 2011 at 6:52 am |

    The sites were down for about five minutes before an admin restored
    them, upon which Anonymous again launched a successful attack. Later,
    the group posted on Pastebin the names of 1,589 individuals who visited
    Lolita City

  57. Pedo Bear | Oct 28, 2011 at 12:25 am |

    Approves.

  58. Are you telling us that you’ve been watching those 100 GB and found it all to be forced kids? Shouldn’t you be arrested, then?

  59. Trespassing is bad, too, but they didn’t reach the Bohemian Grove’s Cremation of Care ceremony, AFAIK.

  60. Trespassing is bad, too, but they didn’t reach the Bohemian Grove’s Cremation of Care ceremony, AFAIK.

  61. Trespassing is bad, too, but they didn’t reach the Bohemian Grove’s Cremation of Care ceremony, AFAIK.

  62. Idiots Rule | Oct 28, 2011 at 6:57 pm |

    You have to be fucking kidding me? so your saying its okay to watch child porn so yo udont go out and fuck some kid? are you fucking for real? You think these kids have a say? You think they want to be doing this? You think its right someone else can stick their cock in some 3 year olds ass so you dont have to go do it yourself..holy fuck..what is this world coming to. Maybe its best that we are put out of misery. Our society is too messed up.

  63. The anonymous I know likes CP.

    What utter bullshit. Did you get invaded by some hapless femanon?

    Seriously, why?

    The anonymous I knew is no more.

  64. The anonymous I know likes CP.

    What utter bullshit. Did you get invaded by some hapless femanon?

    Seriously, why?

    The anonymous I knew is no more.

  65. apocalypso! | Jan 23, 2012 at 2:40 pm |

    “How can they fight an army that doesn’t exist?”

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