On May 31, reports surfaced of a hacker who stole and leaked the database from Daniels Hosting (DH), Darknet’s largest free web hosting provider, and which contains several crypto-related forums and shops.
The hacker under the pseudonym “KingNull” also claims to be part of the anonymous collective and is reported to have received the information after the second hack DH suffered on March 10, resulting in the removal of 7,600 websites.
The fact forced the hosting provider to close its service and urged users to migrate their websites to new ones on the dark web.
The leaked information could help track the identification of people who operate illegal websites on the Darknet.
The leaked data is reported to include 3,671 email addresses, 7,205 passwords, and 8,850 private keys from domains linked to opaque websites.
The threat intelligence agency Under the Beach confirmed this to ZDNet and commented:
“This information could greatly help the police track down people who are engaged in or participating in illegal activities in these darknet locations.”
DH warned affected users that they should change the password leaked by the hacker immediately, as they could be used to hijack new accounts that website owners create with other providers.
Although DH is said to be home to illegal cybercrime websites, the hosting provider says there are also many dissident and political website owners who could disclose their identity to government agencies.
Alleged hacker connections to Anonymous
The report clarifies that the alleged hacker did not steal the IP addresses. Currently, Daniel Winzen, DH chief, said that there is no set date for restarting the service.
The fact that the hacker is said to be related to Anonymous would come as no surprise. The collective started “Operation Darknet” against child pornography against Freedom Hosting in 2013, which was Tor’s largest web hosting service at the time.
Recent figures from Crystal Blockchain Analytics showed that the total USD value of Bitcoin (BTC) transmitted in the dark Internet rose by 65% in the first quarter of 2020, which has made the authorities aware of illegal transactions in the dark network.
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