Websites devoted to positive discussion of pedophilia have long flouted the Internet’s love of “free speech” and provided backends for pedophiles to trade child pornography. Among those who study cyber crimes this isn’t a new phenomenon at all–what may be surprising is that it took this long for Anonymous to overtly target pedophile-interest websites the way they’ve targeted large corporate interests and oppressive governments. With #OpPedoChat, Anonymous has jumped in the fray.
Hackers were targeting pedophile and pedophile-interest websites in Usenet forums as far back as the 1990s but that was well before Anonymous had such a powerful name brand to put behind the effort.
Anonymous explained some of its motivation in a Pastebin document published July 7:
WE Anonymous aim to diminish if not eradicate this plague from the Internet. For the good of our followers, for the good of mankind, and for our own enjoyment we shall expel from the Internet and systematically destroy any such boards that continue to operate.
The message charged readers to spread the word to other Anons and the press. The statement also took a classic Anonymous shot at its target: “These pedos are very butthurt about being hit too, so there is some LULZ factor in it.”
According to their reporting, Anonymous has already taken down a laundry list of sites with stomach-turning names like boychat.org, boylovenews.com and pedofilie.nl.