The hacker collective Anonymous has announced that it plans to launch an operation aimed at exposing child abuse rings in the establishment.
Operation Death Eaters is set to be launched and according to Sky News, it’s aimed at ending the secrecy around abuse networks. Anonymous says it plans to collate and then release information on child sex abuse scandals in the UK and around the world to raise awareness on the issue.
"This isn't a situation where we are looking to create mayhem. It's about giving the public information so we can confront these problems that go back decades,” one UK –based member, using the handle Jake Davis said. "The stories that are coming out are the torture and murder of children with our trusted politicians and that is unacceptable.”
"You have to ask: Why are they protecting them?"
As is always the case with Anonymous, the new operation was announced in a rather creepy video in which the collective stated its intentions to peel the lid off child sex abuse rings and cover-ups.
While this all sounds very honourable, the authorities are rather worried about the approach taken by Anonymous, as they say that innocent people could easily be caught in the crossfire.
"If there are people that have skills and abilities within Anonymous who actually want to do something positive to help law enforcement and others to inhibit paedophiles operating so freely online, then coming forward and working in some kind of framework would be great,” said Jim Gamble, Former head of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre (CEOP).
"But in the absence of that framework then there is the chance there could be some reckless disclosure, and from that reckless disclosure lives, and innocent lives, could be ruined.”
It’s unlikely that Gamble’s concerns will make a dent on Operation Death Eaters. Strap in, people. The next few weeks could get a bit bumpy.