Anonymous, a group of hackers, sworn to rid the online world of evils, has unveiled its latest feat – pulling the plug on approximately 10,000 dark websites contained gigabytes-worth of brutal child pornography. The group of online vigilantes declared that they do not tolerate individuals who willingly upload and watch this kind of ‘entertainment’ and they swore to do everything they can in order to bring down these websites and expose the people behind them.
Recently, Anonymous, the group of hackers who declared last year that they would bring ISIS to its knees, announced that Freedom Hosting II, one of the largest servers of the dark web, has been hacked and taken online.
The members of the online vigilante group stated that by annihilating Freedom Hosting II, they’ve managed to take offline over 10,000 websites which hosted child pornography. As you know, the grand World Wide Web has several layers, the first layer being the one which contains most of the stuff you’re looking when using Google or other search engines.
However, the Internet has a darker side, on that cannot be accessed if you don’t know the magic password. Nicknamed the deep web or the dark web, this layer of the Internet is not indexed by any regular search engine, and can only be accessed through clients such as Tor, or by using an authentication key.
The Internet’s dungeon is called the dark web for a reason. As some dark web researchers would point put, this is the place where you find some of the most disgusting, mind-bending, and vilest things cooked up by the human imagination.
To name just a few, the dark web contains sites dedicated to child pornography, human trafficking, and sites where you can contact and hire assassins. The main reason why the authors of such websites are so hard to track down is that the deep web ensured anonymity.
But thanks to Anonymous’ efforts, the dark web has now 10,000 websites less. Sarah Jamie Lewis, a deep web researcher, noted that Freedom Hosting II, the server took offline by Anonymous, hosted approximately 20 percent of all dark websites pertaining to child pornography.
So, what will the vigilante group do next? According to one of the group’s members, their intent was to bring down the server and watch how the law enforcement authorities apprehend their authors. The member also added that this is only the beginning of their war on the dark web.
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