On Saturday, the notorious dark web had over 10,000 of its secret and shady websites seized by an Anonymous-linked hacker. The person claiming responsibility for this hack said it was a vigilante move that was accomplished by targeting a dark web hosting service called Freedom Hosting II.
“Initially, I didn’t want to take down FH2, just look through it,” the hacker told Motherboard in an email sent from the same address posted to the hacked Freedom Hosting II sites. The hack was initiated after the hacker discovered that the service was hosting child pornography websites. “That’s when I decided to take it down instead,” they claimed. Each site hosted by the service had its content replaced by a message from the hacker.
The hack, supposedly, wasn’t very complicated, and according the person responsible, this was their first attempt at hacking.