OPERATION DarkNet: A Good Start… But There’s More to Do
“May thy knife chip and shatter.”
~Fremen Saying of ill will against an adversary~
I saw in the news that Anonymous (factions thereof) have decided to go after the paedophiles using the hidden wiki and the “DarkNet” for their purulent files. The hack on the Lolita City site was a success in that they got hold of user names and passwords. Due to the nature of the site and its being in the hidden wiki (DarkNet) it is tough to know exactly where the systems sit that house/host the content, but, it seems that through certain techniques using TTL, they pretty much have a good idea of where the server may sit in the continental US.
I applaud their efforts and I hope that my article on the DarkNet was in some way involved in getting them inspired to hit the paedo’s where it hurts. Either way, I think that this could just be the start of things though, and I would like to just lay some things out for you all to consider as you move forward.
First off, paedo’s are for wont of a better description, pathological in their desires and actions. However, they have gotten much more savvy to the Internet and like jiadhi’s, may in fact not be using their real names in some cases. Though, it seems from the reporting here that you all have found real names and links to facebook pages and the like? I would just like to caution you to vet your information well before you insist that someone is indeed trafficking in such material. For the most part though, if you get into the systems of such sites and you gain access to email addresses, be sure you go the extra step and do some foot printing and OSINT to get as much as you can on those addresses and end users. Often times I have found in the jihadi realm, these users tend to re-use ID’s in many places (as you likely have seen mentioned about you all as well in early posts of mine) that can be tracked and traced. With each post of data tying said email address to it, you can build a pretty good picture of a user and their habits.. And by proxy, perhaps their real identities.
Remember, these people are clinically ill, not just evil, so perhaps by placing yourselves in their heads a bit, you may also be able to predict their actions and gain some perspective on how to hunt them further.
The Darknet & P2P
The DarkNet is only the new anonymized space for these people. Did you know that they also have been trafficking in p2p’s set up as well for just this purpose? You might want to look within the DarkNet for hints or links to these sites as well. Usually from what I have heard in the LEO space, that they are invite only, but, I believe that since these people’s pattern is pretty much creating the smut and trading it amongst themselves, that you are likely to find links that will allow you more surface space to attack.
Best part about this vector of attack as well is that those servers/boxes are not anonymized. You locate them, you got them dead to rights. I’d say keep working both ends of this picture and you will do some good. Just be careful in accessing such content.
It is a crime even to access it.
So, is outing these people the only goal here? I suggest more than just dropping Pastebin dumps… In fact, I suggest you don’t dump them at all. You can allude to the fact that you have popped something and you have the data, but, I would suggest you set up cutout accounts and directly dump that data to the Feds or local LEO’s if you like where the servers/people are located. By dumping the data out in the open you give the paedo’s time to burn the evidence so to speak and potentially, you may be inhibiting the Feds from actually capturing and putting these people away.
Overall, I laud your work thus far in this respect, but I think there is more that could be done. If you want good press and good will, this is certainly a way to do it. You just have to work within the lines a bit.
Work smart and Keep it up. Perhaps the next one can be called Op Fedaykin