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DALnet acts upon XXX password sharing

Since a few days channel managers of XXX password channels on DALnet have been directed to read this page. “You have been directed to this page because you are listed as founder on a channel which has been reported to us as a location where passwords for adult sites are traded”, the page starts.

Only channel managers of channels which have been found actively trading XXX passwords are directed to this page. DALnet’s AUP section III disallow the exchange of private information such as logins. In a reaction to IRC-Junkie DALnet admin Ahnberg pointed out that it is not specifically XXX passwords which are being targeted. “I just emphasize that we’re not doing things to censor particular content, we’re acting on a general level. i.e. just because there were a bunch of XXX-pass-trading channels alerted due to this we do not single them out. We treat everyone equally. If we were to find channels who spread login information for sites with info for bird-watchers, we would act on that too.”

We asked Ahnberg if the closure means disallowing all access to a channel, or just removal of services. “AFAIK the channels have not yet been acted upon, but yes, they will be entirely blocked in this case since their sole purpose has been to trade personal information of individuals without their consent” Ahnberg explains.

“We’re not actively monitoring or “hunting” things down”, Ahnberg explains. “We usually act on reports or when something stick out.”

Thanks to Garp who initially pointed me out to this.

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