Today might be the first time many GamerGaters have heard of KiwiFarms, a despicable trolling site which targets those it considered LOLCows. Some are public figures like Milo or myself but one of their main preferred targets appear to be the disabled. They even said so on their Twitter (archive here) before it was shut down. Your author has been having them shut down all year. Matthew Hopkins News traces the current web host in case GamerGaters want to send in polite complaints. Also exposed is the sinister child pornographer, Joshua Conner Moon, who runs the site.
The administrator of Kiwi Farms is Joshua Conner Moon (Null). He is a controversial figure online after being severely criticised by Frederick Brennan (archive here) for failing to upgrade 8Chan’s software.
Moon is also controversial because several different witnesses on several sites have accused him of boasting of liking large quantities of sadistic child pornography. The extensive article on Encyclopaedia Dramatica quotes the charming Mr Moon thusly –
“It’s not just regular child porn either, it’s hurtcore now”,
“I just like to see children suffer”
It is claimed that a female poster on the forums for Blockland (a lego type game) said this of Mr Moon –
“I remember after he found out my last name, he said that he’d show up to my house while I was at school, shoot my dad, and wait for me to get home. Then he’d subdue me, cut off each individual digit with a knife heated in hot grease so that it’d cauterize as it cut and I wouldn’t bleed out. Then he’d cut off my clitoris and my labia, and then rape my ass until I shat myself. Then he’d just leave me to starve to death or something once all my appendages and my genitals were sliced off and he’d beaten me sufficiently.”
Whilst Encyclopaedia Dramatica is sometimes questioned as a source, your author can confirm that Joshua Conner Moon has indeed been hosting child pornography for some time. MHN has been having KiwiFarms closed down all year and is responsible for the most effective (legal) attack in KiwiFarms’ history that resulted in the loss of large quantities of their data.
The KiwiFarmers thought it was the Sociopath Community (SC) forums because by coincidence at the same time I was taking legal steps a user at SC, Dexter, sent a brief semi-coherent complaint email leading to the imbecilic Kiwis assuming it was him starting an utterly futile feud with the wrong people.
At some point Moon realised I had complained to one host. All my emails were signed but for some reason he forged a correspondence train to make it look like I sent an anonymous email and posted it on the Farms.
So what is the evidence that Moon hosted child pornography on KiwiFarms? Clearly the main page and visible threads were free of it and one can legally sign up to the site without viewing any porn. This is useful for those who wish to trace the site.
Well, I was approached by several friends of Kiwi Farms alleging that specific, non-obvious URIs on the site hosted the pornography. Because it is illegal to view child pornography, I could not and did not check directly. Instead I simply sent the URIs to the hosting company. On multiple occasions Kiwi Farms were removed from hosts who confirmed that there was indeed illegal pornography.
Each time Moon told the hosting company that there was no child pornography, that he was completely innocent and had a ‘zero tolerance’ policy. Yet each time he moved the site the same URIs proved problematic – that is, the same child pornography was uploaded time and again. Here is an example of Moon’s conversation with Gandi technical support after I persuaded them to ban Kiwifarms –
Even VersaWeb, the site that hosted the racists of ChimpOut, got cold feet – I am reliably told that Moon was hosting a cartoon video of a toddler being raped by a paedophile.
Moon has a vast horde of enemies, ranging from members of disability forums like WrongPlanet (whose users have been targeted by KiwiFarms) to a particular satanic themed 8Chan forum. Some of those enemies are very technically skilled.
Moon has repeatedly tried to hide KiwiFarms using Cloudflare and also a service called Proofpoint. However, KiwiFar.ms is presently hosted by a company called CloudVPS, on server – vps66647.public.cloudvps.com. It is an Apache instance configured with the message, “It’s a mystery”. The server will only serve the actual site to endpoints of Cloudflare to prevent its detection.
The abuse email address for CloudVPS is firstname.lastname@example.org the Director is Omar Benameur. His email address is O.Benameur@cloudvps.com, and his Twitter is handle is @OBenameur – maybe people should email and tweet him? If you do, be sure to be polite and also include the server address vps66647.public.cloudvps.com as the use of Cloudflare can make it hard for hosts to track down the server.
I would urge readers only to make legal complaints and not to make any attempt to hack or DDOS the server. In the meantime, MHN and other interested parties will be working with law enforcement to ensure Joshua Conner Moon is brought to justice. I read the various legal arguments JCM has posted on his site with some amusement. Suffice to say I am content he has stepped well beyond the substantial free speech protection afforded in his jurisdiction by the 1st Amendment.
JCM would be well advised to take his site down and turn himself in – after all, some of his less law abiding former associates are also looking to get in touch. They want to show him around a pig farm, apparently.
[EDIT 16/04/2016] users of /r/KotakuInAction ask why I have not included links to law enforcement. Happy to oblige – FBI page here. Best current information is that Joshua Conner Moon lives in Florida.