Both the amorphous anti-feminist movement Gamergate and last month's extended leak of a huge cache of private celebrity nude photographs—the two biggest internet-based stories in recent memory—have served as coming-out parties for a small set of anonymous, uncensored image boards that function like 4chan's raggedy stepchildren. Who are these new kids, and where did they come from?
As the dust settles after yesterday's seemingly endless parade of hacked celebrity nudes, it's become clear that some of the photos had been circulating around the web for a while. Even Deadspin readers were aware of them. But where did they originate, and how did they leak widely so suddenly? One anonymous image message board might hold the answer—if it's not the source of the leaks itself.