Crime forum Darkode has relaunched with renewed security two weeks after it was obliterated in a global police raid that shut down the site and saw members arrested.
The English-speaking forum, established in 2007, was a major player in the cybercrime underground where vetted members could buy and sell zero days, trojans, and credit card numbers. The site was eliminated earlier this month under the FBI and European Cybercrime Centre Operation Shrouded Horizon which netted at least 28 users and administrators from 20 countries, including the UK, the US, and Australia. Now the site appears to be back with renewed vigour.Read more
The FBI and the US Department of Justice have helped break up a massive and notorious one-stop shop for cybercriminals, an online marketplace where hackers and others worldwide could buy and sell malicious software, stolen credit card data, lifted passwords and more.
The bureau and the DOJ said that "Operation Shrouded Horizon," a joint effort between law enforcement agencies in nearly 20 countries, had led to the seizure and shut down of the "Darkode" online forum's domain and servers. Seventy people involved in the forum, including its alleged administrator, have been indicted, with 12 of those indictments being handed down in the US, said the FBI and other officials.Read more