8Chan Mirror Makes Consumers Accountable For Its Child Porn

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It has been a couple of days since Cloudflare ended offering security defenses to 8Chan, which resulted in the notorious website going down. While leaders at 8Chan are still making unsuccessful effort to bring the website back, some of its consumers have discovered a method to get it via some potentially problematic and rather unusual ways. An extensive media report details how some consumers are using the website through ZeroNet, a peer-to-peer, decentralized network for hosting content that is similar to BitTorrent. But owing to how ZeroNet operates, some consumers are being concerned that they are hosting child pornography.

It is a bit of a tricky road to get to those issues, but it has to do with how ZeroNet operates. A website can be posted to ZeroNet by a separate consumer, but those who then see it turn into a “seeder,” similar to how BitTorrent consumers can seed components of files shared over the system. By default if you use the website, you download almost 10 MB of info from it to share via ZeroNet, though consumers can select to seed and download more if they are so inclined.

The real issue here is that 8Chan is a site filled with the nastiest garbage one can get on the web, comprising child pornography. While the website technically claims illegal content and child porn is not welcome, it is well-recognized as a place where one can get these things. And due to how ZeroNet operates, it is possible that such unlawful material can be installed to somebody’s computer and then spread from there.

On a related note, politicians earlier claimed that they are still determined to probe 8Chan’s role in spreading extremism although the website is efficiently out of commission. Bennie Thompson, the Homeland Security Chairman of the House, and Mike Rogers (the Ranking Member) have sent a letter to Jim Watkins (8Chan owner).

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