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Hacking Group Anonymous Vows to Eliminate Child Pornography Websites

If you have been paying attention to the news regarding the tech world, then you will know that 2011 has been the year of hackers. As you might already know, three hacking groups have been headlining the tech news across the year, Anonymous, LulzSec and AntiSec. These three groups have managed to perform several cyber attacks not only to large major corporations but also to the various agencies of the United States government including the FBI, CIA, U.S. Senate and NATO. All three groups have been widely viewed as criminals which prompted various arrests involving members from the said hacking collectives. Now according to a report, Anonymous has turned its attention to child pornography websites.

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Hacktivist group Anonymous recently released a statement which stated that the group is now waging war against child pornography. This is certainly a remarkable shift as the group is known for targeting major corporate businesses such as Sony using DDoS attacks. Anonymous is targeting web host Freedom Hosting for allegedly hosting various child pornography websites.

The owners and operators at Freedom Hosting are openly supporting child pornography and enabling pedophiles to view innocent children, fueling their issues and putting children at risk of abduction, molestation, rape, and death.

Now the group is demanding for Freedom Hosting and all other hosting sites to remove all child pornography content from their servers and from now on, refuse any website that has been dealing with the taboo subject. Anyone who will be caught hosting any child pornography content will become the group's target. Since the attacks that started on October 15, Anonymous has managed to crash Freedom Hosting servers and have eliminated more than 40 child pornography websites including one of the largest which hosts more than 100GB of the offending content.

Our demands are simple. Remove all child pornography content from your servers. Refuse to provide hosting services to any website dealing with child pornography. This statement is not just aimed at Freedom Hosting, but everyone on the internet. It does not matter who you are, if we find you to be hosting, promoting, or supporting child pornography, you will become a target.

Whether you condone Anonymous past actions or not, I'm sure many will agree that this action taken by the group is far more favorable than attacking major corporations or government agencies. One can say that this is a welcome development regarding these hacking groups. To read the full statement just head over to Boy Genius Report. [via BGR]

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