Pastebin.com plans to police content posted on the site in order to quickly remove data dumps and other personal information.
Pastebin will hire new staffers to actively monitor content being posted and remove sensitive data, Jeroen Vader, a Dutch entrepreneur behind the popular text-sharing site, told the BBC on Apr. 2. At the moment, the site relies on users to flag and report content that should be removed, such as personally identifiable information. Pastebin currently gets 1,200 abuse reports a day, according to Vader.
Pastebin is one of the many text-sharing sites popular among programmers and writers because it makes it easy to share code snippets or other large blocks of text. Groups like Anonymous have turned the site into the go-to dumping ground for posting stolen data obtained in the course of their online activities. Recent data dumps include server and database configuration details from a hack on the United Nations, a list of databases belonging to an adult content Website, and names and addresses obtained from an attack on Stratfor.
“I am looking to hire some extra people soon to monitor more of the website content, not just the items reported,” Vader told the BBC.