Twenty percent of the Dark Net was taken offline last week, when a hacker compromised a server hosting some 10,000 websites on the Tor network.Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
Tor, designed to hide the identities of its users, is widely used on the Dark Web, which isn’t indexed by mainstream search engines and serves as a hub for illegal online activities.
Visitors to the affected pages were greeted with the message, “Hello, Freedom Hosting II, you’ve been hacked.” Freedom Hosting II is the server that hosted the Tor pages.
The attacker, who has claimed to be part of the hacker collective Anonymous, reportedly took Freedom Hosting II offline because 50 percent of its sites contained child pornography.
The original Freedom Hosting sites hosted as much as 50 percent of the Dark Web’s pages as of 2013, when it was taken down by law enforcement. A number of child porn prosecutions followed that action.
This incident supposedly was the first hack carried out by the attacker, who claimed responsibility in an interview with Motherboard. In addition to taking Freedom II offline, the person stole 74 gigabytes in files and a 2.3-GB database.