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Torum is Shutting Down

Torum is Shutting Down

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Torum, a cybersecurity forum for Tor users, is shutting down. The forum administrator posted an announcement on the forum’s landing page that notified users of the shutdown. In the message, the administrator called Torum’s operation a success and thanked the Torum moderators for preventing the forum from turning into a “spammed out mess.” Over the course of three years, Torum grew to include more than 130,000 users, according to its administrator.
Envoy is Back Online with Design Overhaul

Envoy is Back Online with Design Overhaul

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After a month or longer of regular downtime, the Envoy discussion forum has relaunched with a complete redesign. Envoy, one of the more active darkweb forums, has been offline for more than a month. According to Envoy co-administrator F0rtuna, the developers responsible for the forum’s uptime contracted COVID-19, leaving nobody capable of keeping the forum defended against denial of service attacks. The virus was also responsible for F0rtuna’s own absence, he said in a recent message.
Dread is Migrating to a New Host

Dread is Migrating to a New Host

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Dread administrators are actively migrating Dread to a new host and the downtime is “nothing to be be concerned about,” according to a message from one of the admins. An issue with the current host unexpectedly brought Dread down and the host provided “less than adequate responses” when asked about the incident. Edited to add an update from HugBunter. Paris wrote, in a message on Envoy (here) and on Dark.Fail (here):
Dread is Back Online (Again)

Dread is Back Online (Again)

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Dread is back online after an extended period of downtime. The forum relaunched with a large set of new features including UI improvements, chatrooms, and better spam management tools. The new infrastructure should prevent some of the frequent 502 errors and increase the overall speed of the site. Correction: I verified that a conversation between HugBunter and someone seemingly pretending to be the NCIDETF took place one day prior to the Dread shutdown.
Dread to Return with Fixes and Some Data Loss

Dread to Return with Fixes and Some Data Loss

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Dread suffered a crash that resulted in the loss of two weeks worth of data, including account changes, posts, comments, and even new account. HugBunter will have the forum up and running again in the next few days, according to a status update posted on the DreadAlert subreddit. People have taken this opportunity to spread fear, uncertainty, and doubt about Dread. Attempts to visit Dread last week often resulted in a 502 error or short periods of complete accessibility.
German Man Allegedly Ran a Darkweb Child Abuse Forum from His Home

German Man Allegedly Ran a Darkweb Child Abuse Forum from His Home

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A 43 year old man from Pforzheim, Germany is suspected of running a dark web child pornography forum from a server located in his home since 2015. The man has been indicted by the cybercrime department of the Mannheim public prosecutor’s office. The defendant and the other members of the forum used the forum to exchange child abuse and exploitation videos. According to reports on the indictment, the 43-year-old whose names have been withheld was arrested on March 19 following years of domestic and international investigations.
Pedophiles are Upgrading their OPSEC Guides on Darkweb Forums

Pedophiles are Upgrading their OPSEC Guides on Darkweb Forums

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Security guides from various Internet criminal communities aren’t all that uncommon. Over the years we have seen such guides posted onto drug forums, hacking forums, extremism forums, and well child abuse forums. Two weeks ago on one of the larger forums an account posted a security guide that is catered towards Internet child abuse offenders. This one specifically is an iteration to an older guide and is provided as HTML pages that the user is able to navigate offline.
Someone Killed "Britain's Most Prolific Pedophile" in Prison

Someone Killed "Britain's Most Prolific Pedophile" in Prison

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Richard Huckle, the target of a complex investigation into a darkweb forum, was stabbed to death in his prison cell where he was serving multiple life sentence for various crimes involving child abuse and the distribution of illegal content on darkweb forums and chatrooms. Richard Huckle, known to some as Britain’s most prolific pedophile, was killed in his prison cell on Sunday, the BBC reported. A delicate investigation into a darkweb forum led by a special taskforce in Australia brought the man to justice in 2016.
Darkode Forum Admin Arrested in Germany

Darkode Forum Admin Arrested in Germany

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Reports from Slovenia disclosed that German authorities arrested a Slovenian citizen on request of the U.S. government. The accused is suspected of being one of the founders and administrators of the now-defunct Darkode forum that was once described as “the most sophisticated English-speaking forum for criminal computer hackers in the world.” He is also accused of authoring and selling a botnet malware software. Matjaz Skorjanc 32, also known as iserdo and serdo from Maribor Slovenia was charged alongside three other suspects in a sealed indictment filed in December 2018 and made public in June 2019 by the U.
Dread is Back Online with New Methods to Fight Spam

Dread is Back Online with New Methods to Fight Spam

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The administrator of Dread opened the forum back up for users after adding measures to prevent bots, automated spam, and vote manipulation on comments and posts. The forum will receive another update at some point within the next week that will bring additional features and stability to the platform, HugBunter said. More than a week ago, HugBunter put Dread into maintenance mode to push an update that would “provide increased stability as the platform” and “reduce a whole lot of spam and phishing.