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Anonymous Faces Free Speech Dilemma in Pedophile Battle

Anonymous is second-guessing an attack on Ecatel, the company they accuse of hosting several child pornography websites, after hacktivist members said an attack would harm free speech online. The hacktivist group started a poll among its members to decide how to continue the pedophile battle, according to a press release.

The dilemma began after several Anons raised questions about the right to attack a hosting company that “supports freedom of speech online,” and hosts a few Anonymous websites, turning the attack against “fellow Anons.”

“Ecatel may host several kiddie porn sites, but they host thousands of other sites,” the press release reads. “By taking down the Ecatel servers, they are taking down all of those other sites, which is not necessary. Other Anons think that instead of taking down Ecatel, they should take down the owner of the company, and the people who decided it would be ok to upload these kiddie porn sites.”

 An Anonymous poll gives members four choices:

1. Attack the domains running kiddie porn

2. Attack the hosting company

3. Attack the domains and the hosting company

4. Don’t attack anyone.

The hacktivists are also pondering whether the Ecatel attacks really come from Anonymous members. The hosting company based in the Netherlands was recently targeted by an operation nicknamed #OpEcatel, after Anonymous discovered several sites hosted by the firm targeted by their PedoChat operation.

“We told them that we work directly with the dutch KLPD (Royal Dutch Police) CP unit Zoetermeer,” Ecatel representatives told HotForSecurity. “And only when prompted by the right Dutch Authorities we’ll act and almost immediately suspend the servers concerned. We cannot sit on the chair of a judge and decide if something is CP or not.”

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Bianca STANESCU

Bianca Stanescu, the fiercest warrior princess in the Bitdefender news palace, is a down-to-earth journalist, who's always on to a cybertrendy story. She's the industry news guru, who'll always keep a close eye on the AV movers and shakers and report their deeds from a fresh new perspective. Proud mother of one, she covers parental control topics, with a view to valiantly cutting a safe path for children through the Internet thicket. She likes to let words and facts speak for themselves.

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  • Hi Bianca,

    Thanks for the great post about this issue. Everyone loved the picture. It’s very well funny and well done. We’d love to get in touch with you and hear if there’s anything you’d like to learn or hear from Anonymous.

    You’re welcome anytime on our IRC network or just e-mail us and let us know :)

  • Anonymous Uses Time Wisely And Targets Dutch ‘Rogue Provider’ Ecatel For Hosting Child Porn
    http://vrritti.com/2012/08/06/anonymous-uses-time-wisely-and-targets-dutch-rogue-provider-ecatel-for-hosting-child-porn/