You may have heard that the hacker group known as Anonymous has attacked a hosting company that is alleged to host links to child porn sites. The group put the host server offline twice, despite the company’s best efforts to stay online.
Anonymous managed to penetrate several Darknet sites and were able to obtain a list of sites hosted by the company in question. They also published details of over 1500 users.
Is this a good thing?
Your first response may well be ‘Yes’ – but let’s think for a minute. While I’m sure we all applaud their intentions, are they helping or hindering?
Yes it’s good that over 40 sites hosting child pornography were taken offline. What about the list of users? Could Anonymous have put undercover law enforcement operations in jeopardy? And what about the victims themselves? What about the children? Will this affect them? Will they be placed in even greater harm? What will happen now that politicians become aware that Darknet sites even exist? Will the freedoms of the Internet become restricted? Is that a price we are all willing to pay – especially if it stops child exploitation?
I don’t have any answers, but it’s worth thinking about all the angles before we rush to applaud Anonymous.Filed under General, Security