Don’t Like Anonymous? Their New Campaign Against Internet Pedophiles Might Change Your Mind

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Don’t Like Anonymous? Their New Campaign Against Internet Pedophiles Might Change Your Mind
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What do you think of when you hear the word Anonymous? Do you see an Internet vigilante group fighting against the largest governments and corporations of the world or just a couple of “script kiddies” taking down Web sites for the “lulz?” Either way, you probably have strong opinions on the matter. That may be why Anonymous launched #OpPedoChat.

For those unfamiliar, #OpPedoChat is Anonymous’ latest campaign against the child pornography rings that litter the Internet. There was a similar campaign last year called #OpDarknet that aimed to take down child pornography rings that were only accessible via TOR links. The main difference between the two is that #OpPedoChat is much larger in scope with Anonymous actively identifying the people involved in the trading and selling of child pornography.

Should Anonymous go after Internet pedophiles? Or should the matter be left to the authorities? Let us know in the comments.

#OpPedoChat was announced over the July 4 weekend and its aims are clear – clean up the Internet. The press release detailing the operation was unique to Anonymous in that it called upon everybody to help them in their quest. They usually just ask fellow anons for assistance in most operations.

Lately, there has been a surge of websites dedicated to pedophiles for chat, picture sharing, etc. These sickos openly advocate concepts like “man-boy love” with statements such as “If the boy [in this case only 8 years old] is asking for it, we shouldn’t deny him”. This is not limited to boys, boards for little girls exist as well and operate with impunity. Child pornography is frequently traded and even innocent pictures of random children (at the beach, on a playground, etc) are publicly fantasized about. This is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

WE Anonymous aim to diminish if not eradicate this plague from the Internet. For the good of our followers, for the good of mankind, and for our own enjoyment we shall expel from the Internet and systematically destroy any such boards that continue to operate.

YOU are Anonymous as well. YOU can get off your ass and help. Spread the word to fellow Anons, to the press, and encourage them to do the same. Those that can attack are asked to fire their lazors; those that cannot are encouraged to learn. These pedos are very butthurt about being hit too, so there is some LULZ factor in it. SAIL SAFE!

So far, Anonymous has been able to take down various Web sites that were listed in the press release as being involved in the trade of underage pornographic materials. They not only took down the sites, but they were also able to identify numerous people involved in the trade of said materials. The hope is that the police will take the information to make the necessary arrests.

The identification of potential pedophiles has already led to one casualty as Belgian official Hans-Peter Luyckx temporarily resigned from his position after his name appeared on the list published by Anonymous. He refutes the claim, but resigned to distance himself from his party.

Luyckx claims that his Web address was hacked which led to his name appearing on the list. If true, it could lead to some questioning of Anonymous’ methods. Would they intentionally tie politicians to the list of pedophiles to shame them into quitting? It’s not really their style, but some members of Anonymous have stooped to such lows in the past.

Does #OpPedoChat have any political motivations? Will we see more public officials show up on the list? Let us know in the comments.

I ran an informal poll on the general public’s feelings in regards to Anonymous on my Facebook page to get a feel for how people are responding to Anonymous’ actions. The answers provided in my poll were only yes and no, but some people decided to put their own answer – no opinion – that made this far more interesting. A little over half of respondents chose no opinion, while less than 10 percent went with yes or no.

One of the respondents answered no and gave this reason:

I like the specific thing they’re doing (waging war on pedophiles), but that doesn’t change my opinion of them as a whole. It’s sort of like a hypothetical scenario in which we discover that Hitler donated tons of money to help needy families in Egypt, for some inexplicable reason. That’s great, and I’m glad that person did that thing, but that doesn’t mean Hitler wasn’t a terrible person.

The analogy is interesting because it shows that many people still view Anonymous as a loosely-knit organization that performs illegal acts under the guise of vigilanteism. While one could argue that #OpPedoChat is a natural extension of Anonymous’ current operations, many people are probably not going to start instantly liking Anonymous.

#OpPedoChat is a good idea and one that Anonymous should fully embrace. They work best as a sort of vigilante Internet Batman that targets the worst parts of the Internet and society as a whole. They command the most respect when they’re aiding those fighting for independence in the Middle East or shedding light on the actions of dictators.

For every helpful operation, however, there’s a hack or DDoS attack because the group doesn’t agree with what that particular government or country is doing. Sure, Anonymous’ attacks on governments in India, Japan and China are greeted with cheers from some within the Internet community, but most just treat it as an annoyance. Some members realize this. That’s why Anonymous Japan picked up litter in protest of harsh new laws instead of launching DDoS attacks. It might just be a cultural difference, but it speaks volumes to how people respect a group more when they’re not interfering in the daily operation of everyday life.

That’s the beauty of Anonymous though – people can find some form of identity within the group without having to be involved in everything that flies under the Anonymous banner. I’ve seen more people joining in for #OpPedoChat than any other previous operation. If anything, those in Anonymous are doing this to improve the image of the group for themselves. If it changes your mind about them, that’s only a bonus.

Do you like Anonymous more after they launched #OpPedoChat? Or is this all just a ruse to improve their public image? Let us know in the comments.

Don’t Like Anonymous? Their New Campaign Against Internet Pedophiles Might Change Your Mind
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  • http://freeandeasymeditation.com Elaine Weir

    They seem to me rational,supportive of sustainable ecology and earth friendly actions. They seem aimed to do good work at some risk to themselves. I would support all I have heard of them. Thanks, Guys.

    • Kate Lennon

      At what risk to themselves? They wear masks, and they are…. um… *anonymous*.
      What they do is target companies which *in their view* are not “environmentally friendly”. And that’s the crux of the matter: they penalize companies without having to justify or take responsibility for their actions. They deprive the people they target of their legal and constitutional rights. They disregard the principle that a person (or a company) is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. They – a group of anonymous vigilantes – take it upon themselves, solely on the basis of their own opinions and political views – to “convict” and punish individuals and companies that have not been charged with any crime, and have had no opportunity to defend themselves. This is just another form of terrorism.

      • Cj

        The very corner stone of a free society is the right to anonymous free speech. If Anonymous restrained themselves to only the use of words, then they would be a great benefit to today’s society.

  • WorldMaster

    Seems like none of you even know what they’re talking about.
    You don’t know what every government is doing to their people. There’s something called New World Order just google it!!! You blind morons. That’s like a law defining our governments as the Hyper Terrorists with exclusive above the law rights.

    Let me explain it in understandable language for you. Have you ever watched The Mask of Zorro? Well the reason for hiding their faces is the same, if they get cought you should start praying because then the NEW WORLD ORDER will have the legal right to kill every live species on this fucked by the govs earth. The people owe so much money to the banks that they’ll die from hunger, but still defend their ugly criminal governments. The new world order creates plans how to reduce our population, our families with bio-weapons and iron fist, making all of you believe there’re terrorists that you should be feared of.
    You guys are morons.

    Go Anonymous the intelligent people are with you. The cyber war has begun! And the quiet inter-government war has begun too!

    Let these corporations and corrupted governments know that this planet belongs to the free people, not to a terrorists in business suits. They can’t fight against the people with masks, because Anonymous are among them, among us and they know it. They know that their end has begun! :)

    • lustwink

      Oh yeah,cos everything you find on Google is true!!!Everything on the internet is true!!Everything in print /in a book is true!!! You fucking idiot – there is no NWO. The world is ruled by the rich , of different races and creeds like it always has been – nothing new about it!! This ‘fight’takes attention away from the real problems we have with the real people of power…Stop smoking too much weed and look at stuff which can be proven….like there are countries who are starving – for very obvious REAL reasons…

  • JoeBlows

    Anonymous doesn’t mean anything, in the same breathe they go after religious groups fascist, while attacking children games with racist attacks…..If you think there is a structure you are mistaken. I personally believe there are good and bad people in “anonymous” but overall they should just shut down 4chan.

  • Firedorn

    Pedophiles walk because a child that’s testifying doesn’t understand the concept of a “sworn testimony”, is too young to comprehend the ramifications of swearing on the bible…that’s justice?

    Wake up! The system doesn’t work.

    If Anonymous can nab some people and make their lives a living hell in the process, good on them. Just sucks that some innocents get hurt, but the “system” leaves a lot of innocents hurt too.

  • charlotte

    Anyone who thinks “the system” can or ever will deal with pedophiles effectively has been living under a bush all their adult lives!

  • http://www.NaturalDogTraining.INFO Paul Anderson

    I caught a pedophile red handed on a Sunday School picnic, and reported him to the bishop of the church; to the Child Welfare; to the police. All covered up for him.

  • http://www.GLoLady.com GLoLady

    What should have been stopped in the Churches long ago was covered up. Now we have an epidemic that needs brought under control. These people who abuse were once abused for the most part. How can we hate criminals who repeats the crime? Understanding and psychological treatment is needed to truly get a grip on this travesty. Get to the heart of the matter to save future pedophiles from repeating what they are taught. Anonymously or not, with what ever means possible!

    • Christian

      “These people who abuse were once abused for the most part.” Although there is a notable higher percentage of pedophiles who were abused as a child your statement is wrong nontheless. And problematic for the victims of real sexual abuse when they unneccessarily fear that they could somehow transform to offenders…

  • http://facebook Katherine

    Child protection is everybody’s business, especially parents, because the authorities can definitely not be trusted to deal with it, because the system is riddled with child abusers. Also judges by their soft sentences or no sentence whatsoever even when found guilty, prove they can not be trusted either. People have to take ownership of protecting all our children because the system stinks, simple as that, JUSTICE SYSTEM IS GRAVELY DISTORTED.

    • Christian

      Paranoid women, gotta love them…

      • lustwink

        Look mate, I am very suspicious of anyone who would be against this….I would rather that someone did something about this ,that leave it to the authorities.It is not difficult to find who is frequently looking at these sites – wheres the problem? If you have been looking at these sites then,yes ,you would be worried….I like looking at grown up females with breasts and pubes myself…

  • http://trainapuppy.co Dori

    Nail them good. Thank you. I wish I was capable and had the skills to help. It’s too bad that you could not figure out a way to hit them with 20,000 volts went they go to one of those sick sites. Thank you again. Keep the Internet free!

  • Johann Wilkerson

    The concept is naturally founded in decency, though having any secret organization, however loosely (dis)organized, be self-appointed police/prosecutors/judge/jury is very dangerous indeed.

    I think the real problem is that there is no chain of evidence, and no proof of integrity. Since everyone in the “good guy” group is anonymous, any of them could actually be “not-so-good guys”, and there is no way to know. Any of their data could be tainted or conjured, and again, no one would know.
    There is most likely very little way to prosecute the alleged offenders on the merits of so-called “evidence” from a group of anonymous unknowns, and there could easily be falsely destroyed lives and families.

  • Sana

    Go after them, Anonymous!

  • http://www.depressionhurtsuk.com HB

    Every child has a right to a childhood free from any form of abuse, verbal, physical, psychological and most definitely free from sexual abuse.

  • Adizzle

    Love it! Love you!

  • Jesse

    I agree wholeheartedly with what they are doing in this.

    • Christian

      So you don’t seem to understand what they are doing – endangering children and grown ups.

  • Esther S

    Thank you, Anonymous.

  • starr

    thank you anonymous, you are coming thru for us when no one else would :)

  • Sada

    Isn’t it funny, that they take down sites that prohibit CP (BC, Annabelleigh)?

    This isn’t an attack for children, it’s an attack against pedophiles, even if they are innocent.

  • Ex-Anon

    Anonymous and LulzSec were compromised months ago when the lead hacker of LulzSec sold out the rest of the hackers and sided with the FBI and CIA. I no longer trust anything done by anyone affiliated with Anonymous and LulzSec.This “OP” sounds like a thinly-veiled attack on internet privacy and freedom. Do NOT support this movement/operation. I was once a part of Anonymous and this not an operation we would engage in or condone.

    • lustwink

      That is exactly something the kind of paedophile hacker who frequents/frequented 4-chan would say….Anonymous has no rules,no doctrine, no leader and is an organic movement….they are going after paedophiles….not everyone else. So unless you are a paedophile or some kind of moron/sociopath who supports paedo-sites then you have nothing to worry about, do you??????……They are not closing everyone down , nor could they. Our governments are the ones who are responsible for the attacks on internet freedom – they dont want anonymous getting the thanks for the job that they are supposed to be doing,believe me!!!!

  • http://www.oldantiquepottery.info Megahertz37

    Tear ’em a new ass ANON so the kids don’t have too feel/live it!

  • Jim

    Take them down, all of them. Your efforts are necessary as our government does not do its job. We have to learn, step in, and take control again. Keep up the good work Anon.

  • liam stiles

    Very Clever This is Anons opportunity to show the lemurs that Anon is NOT a distructive idea that the operations are for the good of man kind against concealed corruption

    This is a great thing for worried parents it appears that law enforcement are too busy chasing the good guys to focus on the bad

    SHOW US WHERE THEY ARE Parents will take it from there Pedo’s should NOT be a part of society, in the physical world nor in the cyber world

    Thanks Anon I have trust and faith in you

    • dennisb

      The Authorities? hahaha you may be surprised to know that there are more lawyers and judges and police officials in the kiddieporn game than you can count on. Ask why most of these paedophiles seem to get light sentences and protection. Is the ‘register’ openly available so you know where they live ( some right next to schools!)They’re even in high government positions, so someone bettter start rooting them out, I say GO Annonymous

  • notanoymous

    Comparison with Anonymous to Hitler invokes Godwin’s law and therefore those arguing against anonymous have lost the whole debate.

  • Mama Char-Lee

    For all the naysayers, let me give you a little perspective. I have been trolling the numerous pedo pages on Facebook to shut them down, and sorry, but NO ONE should ever allow a 4-YEAR-OLD LITTLE GIRLS to be raped, fingered and sodomized for the sadistic pleasure of subhuman pigs. These are the pictures they’re trading, and they’re laughing about it, making abhorrent comments while they right-click-save so they can perpetuate the misery and show it off to the rest of their friends. These kids are permanently destroyed. Anonymous has my full support…they have helped remove some of the most disgusting, vile, inhuman garbage I have ever seen, and I have seen a lot. So more power to ’em if they can help target the perps responsible, the ones behind the camera lens, the ones that are touching these kids. Some of them are babies. Babies, people…2 year-olds and younger. It’s fucking horrifying to have to lie awake at night and wonder if these children are even alive today. If the “authorities” aren’t willing to get off thier asses and immediately put an end to this garbage, then maybe it’s time someone else did.

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