‘We won’: London trans activist and followers force ‘doxing’ website

A London-based 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-based 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.

Kiwifarms.net users had posted Sorrenti’s home address and other personal information – a harassment technique known as doxing – and created a thread dedicated to the prominent activist which generated hundreds of daily posts. .

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

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”.

“Actually, we did. So many people tried for so long to do this, and we actually destroyed Kiwi Farms,” Sorrenti said in a video posted to Twitch, a live-streaming platform where she has 50,000 subscribers.

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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.

“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.

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Prince’s message did not specifically mention Sorrenti, whose campaign against Kiwi Farms has drawn international media coverage and backing from a former senior FBI official, who warned of the website’s potential terrorist threat.

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 blocked web traffic to 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 Twitter user wrote.

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KiwiFarms has reappeared twice under different domains — first Russian, then Chinese — since being abandoned by Cloudflare, but each time the website was down again within hours.

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Sorrenti acknowledged that Kiwi Farms may return 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 defeat,” she said.

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Kiwi Farms founder Joshua Moon, who did not respond to a request for an interview, is not optimistic about the website’s future.

“I don’t see a situation where the Kiwi Farms are simply allowed to operate. It will either become a fractured shell like 8chan or a hop between hosts and domain names like Daily Stormer,” he wrote on Telegram, a messaging app, on Monday.

Sorrenti offered to buy the Kiwi Farms domain from Moon, in an effort to redirect traffic to a suicide crisis hotline.

London police, meanwhile, have launched a criminal investigation into who sent the threatening emails, with chief Steve Williams saying the investigation will be complex, lengthy and could involve multiple jurisdictions.

Six days before London police raided Sorrenti’s home, Toronto police were dispatched to the home of an elderly man with the same last name after his address was posted on Kiwi Farms by trolls targeting the activist.

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