Alright, before you say anything – I know this was in the news awhile back, but it appears that there is another mirror of the infamous Pink Meth revenge porn site on Tor again. And I’m not talking about the one that appeared in 2014. I found it on an onion crawler that’s updated frequently, so it appeared to be new.
Mind you, this is not a CP site – it’s a site with suggestive and/or nude pictures of women posted (presumably) by their ex-boyfriends or ex-girlfriends, in order to get back at them. If you aren’t familiar with it, Wikipedia has links to a few news articles about it: List of Tor hidden services: Pink Meth
However, I don’t know if the site I found is “genuine,” or just a clone site. Likely what happened was that the first site was taken down, and then someone tried to “revive” it. Either way, I thought it may be something of a concern. Even if it is just a clone site, there is still the possibility that your photo (or one of someone you know) could be on there.
There were several domains I came across that used the Pink Meth name, and I hesitate to share them here, because wouldn’t that be promoting them in some way?
Lest you think that this is something I’m in favor of, I’m not. I just wanted to make people aware of it. I know that my “favorite” YouTuber, Takedownman (*cough cough*), did an episode about this, but it bears repeating.
There is another similar site called SlutRadar, which is on the clearnet, but also has a Tor hidden service. I assume that, like Pink Meth, they hosted it on Tor in case the clearnet site was taken down.
It basically has the same purpose – “expose” girls who post nudes or suggestive pictures of themselves. And there are probably others as well. Wikipedia’s article on revenge porn likens it to sexual abuse, and I’m inclined to agree, though I’m sure at least some men would take issue with this – obviously, the ones who posted the pictures would be among them.
Interestingly, there was also a site I came across that was not active yet, but was asking people to send their RP pictures. Presumably, this was in preparation for starting their own site of that nature – so, we may see another one in the near future.
This is a difficult thing to stop, obviously – one site could be taken down, and then another will start right up again in its place. What are your opinions on it, readers? Is this something that should be investigated more?
Or is it impossible to stop?