A hacker associated with Anonymous knocked a fifth of the websites on the dark web offline over the weekend in an unprecedented cyber attack that reveals how anything connected to the internet is at risk of being targeted by hackers.
From web cams to websites, cyber criminals can cause massive disruption for the general public by shutting websites down and stealing data. And now they’re targeting the hidden part of the internet, often associated with criminal activity and illicit content.
The hacker has shut down more than 10,000 websites on the darknet in protest against child pornography. They targeted an underlying infrastructure of the dark web called Freedom Hosting II, which hosts 20 per cent of sites and claims to have a “zero tolerance policy to child pornography”.
“We are disappointed,” the hacker wrote in a message posted on the hacked website. “We found while searching that your server is more than 50 per cent child porn.
As well as taking the websites …
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