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London trans activist scores victory in campaign against ‘doxing’ website

A London transgender activist declares victory in her campaign to shut down the website where users posted her personal information and made threats against her.

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A London transgender activist declares victory in her campaign to shut down the website where users posted her personal information and made threats against her.

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Clara Sorrenti, 28, made international headlines after police in London raided her home on August 5 after emails threatening a shooting at City Hall were mistakenly sent as her name.

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Investigators later determined that Sorrenti, who was detained for 11 hours and had her electronic devices seized, had been the victim of swatting, a term used to make a false report to police in an attempt to trick them into raid someone’s home. users had posted Sorrenti’s home address and other personal information – an online harassment technique known as doxing – and created a thread dedicated to the prominent activist which generated hundreds of likes. daily posts.

Sorrenti, known as Keffals online, launched a campaign urging web service providers to stop working with Kiwi Farms after site users posted the location of the London hotel where she was staying, the prompting him to flee to Belfast, Northern Ireland, where his location was again leaked by trolls.

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Kiwi Farms went offline over the long weekend after Cloudflare, the company that provided security services to the website, dropped it as a customer, citing “an immediate threat to human life”.

The website briefly reappeared with a Russian domain name, but quickly went offline after the Russian company providing security for Kiwi Farms also dropped it as a client in response to complaints.

“The campaign is over. We won,” Sorrenti said in a statement released Monday.

Cloudflare’s decision to drop Kiwi Farms, announced in a blog post on Saturday, came days after the San Francisco-based tech company defended its decision to keep Kiwi Farms as a customer despite mounting public pressure.

“This is an extraordinary decision for us to make and, given Cloudflare’s role as an internet infrastructure provider, a dangerous decision that we are not comfortable with,” wrote chief executive Matthew Prince. in the message announcing that the company had blocked access to Kiwi Farms.

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“However, the rhetoric on the Kiwi Farms site and the specific and targeted threats have escalated over the past 48 hours to the point where we believe there is an unprecedented urgency and immediate threat to human life contrary to what we’ve seen before from Kiwi Farms or any other customer before.

Prince’s message did not mention Sorrenti, whose campaign to pressure web service providers to drop Kiwi Farms has drawn media coverage from around the world and the backing of the top FBI official.

“The American Internet forum Kiwi Farms, responsible for the suicide of at least 3 of its targets of harassment and harassment, has just moved to Russian servers. They could easily become an increased domestic terror threat here,” tweeted retired FBI Assistant Director of Counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi.

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This isn’t the first time Cloudflare has dropped a high-profile customer in response to public backlash. The company withdrew its support for 8chan, an online forum known for its racist and misogynistic posts, after it was linked to a shooting in El Paso, Texas that killed 23 people on August 3, 2019.

The news that Cloudflare had dropped Kiwi Farms drew praise from others in the transgender community who had been targeted by the website in the past.

“I remember conversations with my therapist about how anxious a KiwiFarms wire was causing me. . . What @keffals has done is huge. Getting people to take this threat seriously is huge,” one user wrote.

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Sorrenti acknowledged that Kiwi Farms may be back online in a scaled-down form.

“Whether or not we are able to remove Kiwi Farms from the internet is irrelevant to the fact that our campaign goals were not only achieved, but achieved more than we could have expected. . . . It became very clear last week that there is no tolerance for this kind of hate, and millions of people came together to celebrate their loss,” she said.

Kiwi Farms founder Joshua Moon has pledged to find new service providers to get the website back online.

Sorrenti, meanwhile, offered to buy the Kiwi Farms estate from Moon.

“Joshua Moon, I know you are stalking my Twitter account, so please contact my work email. Your site is dead, you have no major source of income, and you have no options. I will buy you kiwifarms dot net so we can redirect him to a suicide crisis hotline. Think about it,” Sorrenti tweeted on Monday.

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