More than a week after Dread went down for maintenance, HugBunter’s deadman switch was triggered, indicating that the owner of the largest darkweb forum no longer had control over the forum or his own equipment. His staff, in a message on the Dread homepage, said to assume the worst. Dread, the darkweb’s version of Reddit, has been offline for nine days at the time of publication, leaving many users concerned about the forum’s admin.
More than ten years before law enforcement secretly operated one of the largest darkweb markets, the Secret Service launched a premium VPN for members of a cybercrime forum, allowing the agency to gather evidence on forum founders, prolific hackers, and other users. Operation Bayonet, the investigation that brought down both the Alphabay and Hansa darkweb markets, is one of law enforcement’s more advanced actions against darkweb marketplaces and their users. As a part of the operation, Dutch law enforcement secretly took control of Hansa Market and collected at least 10,000 home addresses before shutting the market down.
The co-administrator of the darkweb forum “Envoy” shut the site down to conduct a security audit after his partner and co-administrator seemingly disappeared under suspicious circumstances. Update 09/15/19: Unsurprisingly, Witchman05 has returned. From “ I’m not busted” - Jesus fucking Christ, I get hit by a car and shit goes crazy. You guys really can’t live without me. ;) As the title says, I have NOT been busted.
Belarusian law enforcement seized and shutdown XakFor, one of the largest hacking forums on the internet, according to a statement from the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The forum had almost 30,000 active users at the time of the seizure and several thousand active users every day. Correction made 09/07/19: Originally provided an inaccurate number of users for Torum. The forum now has 30,000 users or more with constant user activity.
The administrator of the German darkweb forum Deutschland im Deep Web (DIDW) was sentenced at the district court of Karlsruhe to six years in prison for crimes linked to the forum and to the 2016 Munich shooting. Federal Court rejected the convicted forum administrator’s appeal and finalized the sentence. The Deutschland im Deep Web Ruling DIDW made headlines in July 2016 when 18-year-old David Sonboly opened fire on 14 people in a shooting spree inside Munich’s Olympia mall.
Update: Online - Dread has been down for several hours. HugBunter posted a status update on the DreadAlert subreddit about the downtime and about the Nightmare Market exit scam. He announced that he had been working on a solution and planned to have Dread back online in a number of hours. Update: Dread is Back online. On July 30, HugBunter posted the following message on the DreadAlert subreddit. It was signed with his PGP key (which is available here on OpenDark.
HugBunter, the creator of the darkweb discussion forum Dread, posted an announcement on the subreddit used to send alerts concerning Dread uptime. An attacker is exploiting a vulnerability in tor that has “no clear resolution,” the developer wrote in the update. There is no clear resolution in sight. The Reddit Post: -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA512 Tor Project seem to be no closer to a resolution and I don't see a mirror cycling system as being worthwile for Dread.
When Dread, the most popular discussion platform on the darkweb, goes offline for one reason or another, many users find themselves lost or posting the same questions concerning Dread’s status on various subreddits. Here are some alternative forums to check out until Dread comes back online. This is not a conclusive list of darkweb forums worth using but hopefully these sites can occupy your time until Dread’s retun. Post update: Dread timing out is an indication that is has been hit with a denial of service attack again instead of other more ominous possibilities.
Four international suspects have been indicted by a grand jury in connection with the operation of the now defunct hacking forum Darkode. One of the three suspects has been arrested in the United States. The suspects overseas are still at large. A criminal indictment and four arrest warrants were unsealed today charging an American, a Slovenian, a Serbian, and a Spaniard with a racketeering conspiracy to develop and distribute malware through the major computer hacking forum known as Darkode.
Raddle, a so-called “leftist alternative to Reddit,” banned /f/darknetmarkets, forcing the former /r/darknetmarkets refugees to find yet another forum for darkweb and related cryptomarket discussion. Update: The site they moved to after the Raddle ban, jstpst.net, also banned them. They are now over at Gamergrounds.org/f/DarknetMarkets Unlike the /r/darknetmarkets subreddit, the Raddle forum did not violate any of the site’s terms of service or other site-wide rules according to an official comment from a Raddle admin.