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'Hacktivists' Anonymous performs 'vigilante' attack on child pornography website

October 27, 2011 - London

Notorious hacker group Anonymous has now switched its attention to websites hosting or promoting child pornography, and claimed to have knocked out one of the world highest-profile sites.

According to the Daily Mail, Anonymous said that it had warned Freedom Hosting, which hosts various websites used to trade child pornography, to take the sites down but the company failed to do so.

Anonymous hackers then disabled its servers and would continue to do so until the material was removed.

The group claimed at least 40 websites have been shut down, accounting for more than 100GB of content that depicts children being abused.

It also infiltrated the user database and has published the account details of 1,569 paedophiles online, the paper said.

According to the report, Freedom Hosting switched to their backups but Anonymous closed them down again.

Anonymous said in an online statement that it was appalled by any the company for 'openly supporting child pornography and enabling pedophiles to view innocent children, fueling their issues and putting children at risk of abduction, molestation, rape, and death'.

The attack is a change of track for Anonymous, which has previously attacked companies such as Mastercard, Visa, and Paypal.


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