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Anonymous outing predators via #OpPedoChat campaign

Hacker group Anonymous has resurrected its war against child porn websites and chat sites.

In a YouTube video (below) posted 8 July, Anonymous said it "aims to diminish, if not eradicate this plague from the Internet" via a new campaign, dubbed Operation PedoChat. As first reported by the Daily Mail, members have already posted the names and email addresses of those alleged to be involved with child pornography websites on to the site Pastebin.

"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," Anonymous said.

The new movement – #OpPedoChat – is gaining interest on Twitter, with @TheAnonOne, or V, leading the viral charge.

The video's masked spokesman said the surge of chat and photo-sharing websites dedicated to child porn are often hidden and unknown to most Internet users. To unmask these alleged offenders, Anonymous has posted the Internet details of the websites' users on Pastebin (here and here).

"Anonymous recognises this is a serious undertaking and do not expect it to be completed in a short period of time," the video said. Sub-operations around the globe are helping the group gather and release information.

Despite claims of Pastebin censorship back in April, Anonymous returned to the site to spread its message. "Those that can attack are asked to fire their [lasers]; those that cannot are encouraged to learn," according to a note on Pastebin, which included a list of websites that have been attacked by the hackers since the mission began last week.

This isn't the first time Anonymous has targeted paedophiles. In October 2011, Anonymous sub-group Operation Darknet infiltrated the Freedom Hosting server, taking down 40 of its worldwide child pornography sites, including Lolita City, which contained more than 100GB of content. Members also posted to the web personal details of 1,589 of the site's members.