After being taken down two years ago, Lolita City is back with 10 times the number of users
Despite having been taken down, the child pornography website Lolita City is back up and now with 10 times the number of ‘residents’. In 2011 the hacktivist group Anonymous launched Operation Darknet (#OpDarknet), also known as To Catch a Predator, aimed at bringing down websites that host child pornography on Tor, a free software that offers online anonymity and ultimately unlimited navigation to the darkest corners of the internet.
In a YouTube video the group states that “as a collective, we have declared war on pedophilia” and looked to take down Freedom Hosting, a service which they claim hosts over 40 pedophilia websites. One of #OpDarknet’s main targets was Lolita City, the website that prides itself in providing users with over 100GB of child pornography content.
After a series of attacks on the website, Anonymous’ hackers were able to remove links to photographs and videos on Hidden Wiki which would then direct users to Lolita City, making the website unaccessible. The operation was successful at the time; Lolita City and other websites were taken down by members of Anonymous and 1500 pedophiles were exposed – users’ IP addresses were identified and mapped. Anonymous celebrated their victory against evil, and apparently all was well.
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