by Sir Cumv3nt
Pastebin is seeking additional staffing in order to monitor the site for pastes that contain ‘sensitive information’, similar to those that hackers often post to the site. Anonymous, the online hactivist group, claims this move screams of censorship.
Pastebin.com currently has over 200,000 registered users on the site and gets more than 17 million unique visitors to the site each month. The site is also the number one choice when it comes to hackers that want to post their booty publicly for millions of people to see. Hackers post everything from lists of sites they have hacked to sensitive information including online usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, social security numbers and more. Jeroen Vader, the 28 year old owner of Pastebin.com, says that he is actively looking to hire additional manpower in order to have them find and remove the pastes containing this ‘sensitive information’.
Pastebin currently relies on a system that allows site users to report objectionable pastes. This system gets over 1200 user reports a day now, but it simply can’t keep up with the number of new pastes to the site each day. In an interview with BBC, Vader Said:
“We do indeed not allow people to post email lists and other personal information that does not belong to them. That said, we are very much aware that it happens a lot, but trying to automatically filter out such pastes is a pretty impossible task. Instead we heavily rely on our users to report items that do not comply with our FAQ. On average we get over 1,000 abuse reports a day via our on-site abuse report system, and another 200 or so come in via email. These are all monitored.”
Many people think that Pastebin’s new initiative is specifically targeting online hacker groups such as Anonymous, LulzSec and hackers operating under #AntiSec banner. These so-called hactivist groups have leaked private information to the Pastebin website many times in the past. Whether or not Pastebin will become a target of these groups is unknown, but Anonymous is publicly voicing their feelings about the matter on the YourAnonNews twitter feed.
So what do you think? Should the admins of the Pastebin website do everything in their power to make sure ‘sensitive information’ is not being publicly leaked on the site? Or should they be fighting for the freedoms and rights of their users? Feel free to leave your comments below. Ultimately, who decides what stays on the site and what gets trashed?