Beyond the informative and entertaining precincts of the internet we are all familiar with, is a dark and sinister world of contraband and child abuse. It’s tricky, winding and very difficult for authorities to investigate and curb. From time to time revelations about such dark corners of internet are made public and it leaves the common law abiding citizens confounded and flabbergasted.
One of such revelations was made recently when an anonymous hacker gained access to Lolita world, a web site advertised on hidden wiki. This website offered a huge amount of child abuse and pornography to paying pedophiles and lowlifes. The aforementioned anonymous hacker went through proper channel first and approached the hosting company of Lolita world. A demand was put forth to remove the repugnant and detestable material but no heed was paid to it. This prompted the anonymous Samaritans into action and launch a dual pronged attack on the miscreants.
The phase included forcing the hosting company to go offline rendering all the abhorrent material inaccessible. The second phase of the assault involved bypassing the security of Lolita City system and exposing the login details of more than 1000 pedophiles. The “hacktivist” left a very potent warning for all such offenders claiming they would continue to target anyone hosting, promoting or supporting child pornography. For masses unaware of hidden wiki and its unsavory contents, this exposition came as revelatory.
The transgressions of hidden wiki are not just limited to aiding pedophiles. There are contributors (needless to say pedophiles themselves) to it which offer advice on creating new and ironclad websites with the sole purpose of promoting child abuse. Other mind boggling “services” include money laundering, detailed instructions on how to concoct homemade explosives, contract killing and ordering extremely hazardous and restricted chemicals. Architecture wise, the hidden wiki is nothing out of the ordinary or remarkable. Aesthetically, it’s just like any other website where users update links, which are organized category wise.
Scot Terban, an independent security researcher described the origins of hidden wiki as a dark place of convergence where sinister ideas and wares were shared. Coincidentally, Scot was also the first person from the “outside” world to draw attention to hidden wiki and its nefarious contents. Hidden wiki is just like any other black market operation with the exception of being online and almost completely anonymous, he further added.
Since its anonymous participants don’t feel any qualms about sharing, advertising and seeking illegal things, it’s not uncommon to find ads and services like hired assassins. All this anonymity makes it an ideal hunting grounds for pedophiles and lowlife scum.