An Anonymous group has taken down 20% of the “dark web,” a part of the internet only available through certain browsers such as Tor, that ensures anonymity. Most of the dark web is filled with nefarious activities such as Ponzi schemes, selling illegal items, and child pornography.
Visitors to those sites were greeted with the message on Friday, ““Hello, Freedom Hosting II, you have been hacked,” according to TheVerge.com, which added:
The hackers also claim child pornography made up more than half the data stored on the servers. It’s impossible to verify that claim without seeing the data itself, but it’s consistent with what we know about previous dark-web hosting companies. The original Freedom Hosting was compromised by law enforcement in 2013, resulting in a number of child pornography prosecutions. At the time, the service hosted as many as half of the websites accessible only through Tor, commonly referred to as the Dark Web.
The hackers didn’t want to publicly distribute the data because, as mentioned, it allegedly contains a high amount of child pornography. Instead, they will provide a copy to a security researcher who will then hand it to law enforcement.
In 2014, another hacker scrubbed a number of child porn sites from the dark web.
Most users of the Internet only know the first level of the web which is the tip of the iceberg. These are sites that are indexed by search engines such as Google, Bing, and Wikipedia.
It is difficult to estimate the magnitude of the Deep Web, but it is estimated that the weight of the content is more than 7,000 terabytes of information.
It appears that hackers are doing the job the media and law enforcement should be in exposing unethical and criminal activity around the globe, most often doing so anonymously.