Anonymous knocks 20pc of dark web offline in campaign against child pornography

They decided instead to keep the service offline as they found evidence that child pornography sites on the service went over the mandated free hosting limit, meaning that Freedom Hosting II was not only encouraging the sites but actually profiting from them as well.

A hacker linked to the group Anonymous has attacked a Dark Web hosting service after discovering that it was responsible for the management of child porn sites.

“Hello, Freedom Hosting II, you have been hacked”.

The hack may have affected up to a fifth of the dark web – sites accessible only using anonymising service “Tor”.

The hacker said that the action was their “first hack ever”, explaining that they “just had the right idea”. The blow delivered by the hacker is said to have brought down over 10,000 “secret” websites comprising the Dark Web.

The hacker has claimed to have released a dump of the system filed from Freedom Hosting II, though has not revealed the user data due to it containing illegal material, but Motherboard reported, that the hacker agreed to provide a copy of the data to a security researcher who will then hand over to the law enforcement.

In 2011, Anonymous hackers targeted the original “Freedom Hosting” service, and leaked lists of emails of child porn sites such as “Lolita City”.

“We are disappointed”, the hacker wrote in a message posted on the hacked website. “This suggests they paid for hosting and the admin knew of those sites”.

Thousands of Tor-based websites went belly up last week after a hacker chose to take them down for vile behaviour.