Authorities shut down notorious revenge porn site

Authorities shut down notorious revenge porn site

The notorious revenge porn website Anon-IB, which has been linked to celebrity nude photo hacks, has been taken down, marking a victory for human rights advocates and people affected by the site.

Anon-IB – also known as the “Best Anonymous Image Board” – appears to have been seized by Dutch law enforcement authorities, Vice’s tech site Motherboard reported Wednesday.

When Motherboard connected to the Anon-IB domain Wednesday, the site redirected to an image hosted on the official website of Politie – the Dutch police force, according to Motherboard.

“Cybercrime teams from the Dutch police have seized the Anon-IB forum in an ongoing investigation concerning criminal offenses,” a message read, according to the news outlet. “More information concerning this investigation will be made available on April 26, 2018.”

When The Post visited the Anon-IB website Wednesday, the site was completely taken down and it’s server IP address could not be found.

The covert site hosted hoards of revenge porn, including illegal images of underage girls and it’s believed to be where nude photos of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence first surfaced in 2014.

“Anon-IB is one of the most sickening revenge porn sites. Its users and operators – anyone associated with the site – is complicit in the emotional torment and violation of so many of the clients we represent. We are glad to see its demise,” Brooklyn attorney Carrie Goldberg, who specializes in helping victims of revenge porn, told The Post in a statement.

“But its erasure doesn’t completely solve the overriding problem and why sites just like it can grow. Until Section 230 of the [Communications Decency Act] stops letting site operators host harmful and abusive content without liability, it’s likely another Anon-IB will emerge,” Goldberg said.

Last year The Post published an expose on Anon-IB, which led a major online ad company to pull its business from the site.

Anon-IB has featured illegally obtained content for years and it’s unclear why the FBI has not taken action against the site.

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