In response to Revenge Porn King Hunter Moore‘s new HunterMoore.tv, a site that might make it much easier to locate, stalk and even harm anyone whose images are published there, Anonymous recently mounted #OpHuntHunter and #OpAntiBully, efforts to expose everything Mr. Moore hasn’t made public or doesn’t want the public to know.
The operation began in earnest Wednesday with a denial-of-service (DDoS) attack against HunterMoore.tv. Based on a Pastebin post published by Anonymous Thursday, that DDoS was a cover for Anonymous’s real goal, sifting for nasty buried treasures on Mr. Moore’s site:
December the 6th at approximately 2 am eastern time the team infiltrated the site and defaced it after a day of denial of service attacks on his servers, and his merchandise chain. We have backed up his entire archive to the web to preserve evidence. He has since restored an alternate version of his website with different text at the bottom. We will pursue access to his site and bring it down effectively. This is an update, a leak of proof and data that would otherwise be hidden from public view, of a team of anons who have worked day and night on this case, and who continue their vigilance even as this is written here today.
Anonymous states later in the post that if Mr. Moore “removes the damning evidence” from his site, no worries–they’ve made a full backup. The statement then lists some URLs from Mr. Moore’s site that Anonymous believes may offer proof that he “has underage girls on his servers, proves he does not age verify before posting, and proves he plans to publish addresses of the victims.”
In addition to downloading his website data, Anonymous says they hijacked Mr. Moore’s SoundCloud account and then signed him up for one of SoundCloud’s lower-priced premium accounts with his credit card. Their Pastebin post also offers links that seem to prove they owned his servers, hijacked his LinkedIn account and defaced the main page of his website.
The screengrab of the defacement of Mr. Moore’s site appears to show a still from Anonymous’s December 3 video announcing they’d begun #OpHuntHunter, in which the usual electronically-rendered robot voice declares that Mr. Moore is “coming back stronger than ever” and is a “capitalist” who “makes money off the misery of others.”
While Mr. Moore is notably unconcerned with backlash from his activities online, a fairly impressive number of Anons seem determined to at the least make it difficult for him to make a living. It appears as though their efforts have even led to the formation of a new hacking crew within the larger sea of Anonymous, #KnightSec. Hacker @KYAnonymous, who has been live-tweeting the operation against HunterMoore.tv, tweeted the following on Thursday morning:
— KY Anonymous (@KYAnonymous) December 6, 2012
Mr. Moore has made it clear in interviews with Betabeat and other media that in the end, he’s just in it for the money and attention. It appears to be #KnightSec’s hope that he didn’t exactly expect this.
Update: Via Twitter, @KYAnonymous alerted Betabeat to the video below, which condenses the information posted on Pastebin and offers screengrabs of the hack in progress.