Anonymous Take Down Child Porn Sites

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Anonymous Take Down Child Porn Sites

The hacking group Anonymous has just taken down 40 sites which it claims held child pornography. The sites were taken down with a denial of service attack. Anonymous then published names of 1,500 people who used the site which was known as Lolita City. The pornography was swapped through Tor networks which help people become anonymous on the web. Tor networks work by putting your browsing through a network of different servers scattered around the world, making it harder to track people and what they're seeing.

Anonymous noticed that one of the sites in the Tor network contained explicit child pornography. They ordered the network to remove the links but it was denied. Anonymous then went in and knocked down the site and said it will continue to do so till they stop posting the explicit content.

Graham Cluley, the senior technology consultant at Sophos said:

Take-downs of illegal websites and sharing networks should be done by the authorities, not net vigilantes. The Anonymous hackers may feel they have done the right thing, but they may actually have inadvertently put more children at risk through their actions.

The police and local authorities will see this in a bad way but what do you think? Did Anonymous do the right thing or should they have left it to the cops?