The RaidForums hacking forum has gone through a hectic week, with its website now forced to go through a mirror domain after a government filed a legal request with its registrar.
Last week, the popular hacking forum suddenly stopped working, causing people to wonder if law enforcement had seized the site.
However, it quickly returned to a mirror domain with an announcement from the site owner explaining that the outages were caused by the reluctance of their new registrar, NameSilo, to ignore the large number of government reports that regularly target the platform.
According to the administrator of RaidForums known as “Omnipotent”, NameSilo received a report from a certain government and immediately deactivated the website owner’s account. This has forced the platform to use a mirror until the primary domain can be transferred to the old registrar, CloudFlare, which can only take place on October 30 at the earliest.
Raidforums is a clearnet site that allows users to share, sell and buy almost any data they want, including stolen data.
This clearly doesn’t resonate well with entities taking large-scale exposures or copyright infringement damage from what users post to the forum, so a deluge of takedowns is common for the hacking forum. .
Data breach expert “Dissent Doe” was told by the site owner that the report that resulted in the “blocked customer” status on her account was from the Brazilian government.
Update: According to the owner / administrator of RF, this was the Brazilian government. and only had an impact because the domain was in mid-transfer. https://t.co/KFTvmEB0yB
– Dissent Doe, PhD (@PogoWasRight) October 2, 2021
The Brazilian government may have objected to a recent publication in which malicious actors offered Serasa Experian data for purchase. Still, given the large number of new discussion threads posted each day, this may have been an older post.
The owner of RaidForums claimed he switched from CloudFlare to NameSilo to strengthen his OpSec, and this was meant to be a temporary and transitional step. However, since domains can only be transferred once every 60 days, waiting until October 30, 2021 is now mandatory.
Recently, RaidForums went wrong by accidentally exposing internal pages intended only for staff members. While no sensitive or personally identifiable data was disclosed during this incident, it was a reckless mistake that exposed the practices of forum staff.
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