October 24, 2011
Anonymous Takes Down Child Pornography Sites
The hacker group Anonymous busted a collection of child pornography Web sites and published the names of those who have participated in its illegal activities.
The hacking group used a brute force attack to infiltrate a server called Freedom Hosting, which housed about 40 child porn sites.
The biggest site, Lolita City, contained over 100 gigabytes worth of content.
Anonymous said before taking down the sites that it issued a warning to Freedom Hosting to remove the illegal content.
The sites were down for about five minutes before an admin restored them. However, Anonymous struck back with another attack to knock them offline again.
The hacking group, which made itself famous for targeting large corporations and government sites, posted 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.
"We will continue to not only crash Freedom Hosting's server, but any other server we find to contain, promote, or support child pornography," the group said in a statement.
Anonymous said Freedom Hosting is the host of the largest collection of child pornography on the Internet.