After reports that Pastebin was handing over IP addresses to authorities, Anonymous teamed up with the People Liberation Front to create a Pastebin alternative.
Along with the Peoples Liberation Front, hactivist group Anonymous released a statement on Tuesday announcing that it's launching a totally secure and safe alternative to PasteBin. According to the group, the new site will have no connection logs, no moderation or censorship, and no advertisements. All uploads will be encrypted by the browser using 256-bit AES encryption.
"As many might be aware, PasteBin has been in the news lately for making some rather shady claims as to what they are willing to censor, and when they are willing to give up IP addresses to the authorities," Anonymous states. "And as a recent leak of private E-Mails show clearly, PasteBin is not only willing to give up IP addresses to governments - but apparently has already given many IPs to at least one private security firm. And these leaked E-Mail's also revealed a distinct animosity towards Anonymous. And so the PLF and Anonymous have teamed up to offer a paste service truly free of all such nonsense."
Anonymous claims that all data stored on their servers will be unreadable even by the hactivist group itself (if that's possible). This means the responsibility for the legality or appropriateness of any paste lies solely with the person posting. Not only will Anonymous not police the service, but it supposedly doesn't have the power to delete posts and associated files.
"Paste services have become very popular, and many people want to post controversial material," Anonymous adds. "This is especially so for those involved in Information Activism. We feel that it is essential that everyone, and especially those in the movement - have a safe and secure paste service that they can trust with their valuable and often politically sensitive material. As always, we believe in the radical notion that information should be free."
According to the AnonPaste website, the service is based on "the open source ZeroBin software. It is a minimalist, opensource online pastebin where the server has zero knowledge of pasted data." More information on the project can be acquired by heading to this page.
Earlier this month, 28-year-old Dutch entrepreneur Jeroen Vader, owner of Pastebin, said that he currently receives on average a total of 1,200 abuse reports a day, as hackers have gravitated towards the site more frequently, posting dumps of illegally-gained personal data. The site was originally created for programmers to temporarily store and share segments of code and configuration information.
Vader also previously said that he has even discovered personal information about himself. To combat the problem, he has chosen to hire extra people to monitor the website's content, not just the items reported. "Hopefully this will increase the speed in which we can remove sensitive information," he said at the time.