Το RaidForums, ένα φόρουμ για hackers που έχει πλέον κατεβάσει ρολά και είναι γνωστό κυρίως για το ρόλο του σε παραβιάσεις δεδομένων και συναλλαγές, ήταν ένα φυτώριο για χάκερ που ασχολούνταν συνήθως με κακόβουλες δραστηριότητες όπως attacks ransomware.
Some members of this illegal community engaged in data theft, while others exploited cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin to obtain stolen information, then used that data for targeted phishing, cryptocurrency scams, and telecom fraud.
In April 2022, the authorities arrested the administrator of Omnipotent, along with two of its members.
A new hacker forum, BreachedForums, then emerged as a successor, with former RaidForums participants migrating en masse to continue their data-trafficking operations. Unaffected by their manager's arrest, they simply moved their operations to a new location.
In March of this year, BreachedForums was similarly shut down by the FBI, paving the way for yet another forum, Exposed, the central protagonist of our article today.
For unknown reasons, an Exposed administrator leaked a significant portion of RaidForums member information, a total of 478.870 members. The published database includes usernames, email addresses, hashed passwords, login times and various activity data. The data spans from March 20, 2015 to September 24, 2020 and appears to have been extracted from MySQL.
Impotent, the administrator who published the database, claimed it had been edited to exclude a small portion of member data. Veteran members of RaidForums confirmed the authenticity of the database by verifying the presence of their own information.
At present, the origin of the database and the rationale for its extraction remain elusive. Impotent claims to know the source of the data, but refuses to divulge any information.
Μετά την αποκάλυψη της βάσης δεδομένων, οι αρχές άλλα και οι ερευνητές security έχουν πλέον τα μέσα για να εντοπίσουν ορισμένους χάκερ, εφόσον δεν έχουν λάβει επαρκείς προφυλάξεις για να αποκρύψουν την ταυτότητά τους.
Agencies such as the FBI and Interpol are likely to show significant interest in this database. Their crime investigation departments gather various fundamentals data, trying to trace digital users to their true identities, culminating in their arrest.