Dylan Curran, excerpts:
I spent three weeks studying and translating FreeHacks, one of the largest hacking forums on the internet. It’s a Russian community which aims to collectively gather its resources in order to maximize efficiency and knowledge dispersement.
It works the same as any typical forum, you open up TOR (a specialized browser for browsing the dark web), paste in the URL, and land on a home page with various sub-forums split into different categories. The categories are varied and well-divided:
Hacker world news.
Hacking and security.
Carding (stealing credit cards and trying to cash them out on the Internet).
Botnet (a network of bots used to steal data and send spam, or perform DDOS attacks).
Electronics and phreaking (phreaking is trying to break someone’s security network).
Brutus (software used to crack passwords).
DDOS (overwhelming a server with requests to shut it down).
Malware and exploits.
Clothing market (people who use stolen credit cards to buy clothes and resell them).
Documentation (passports, driving licenses, citizenships).
Blacklist (a community judicial system).
As you can see, this forum covers a dizzying amount of illegal activity. The entire forum is in Russian – and has around 5,000 active members. This is just the tip of the iceberg, too; every sub-forum is split even further into dozens of other sub-forums. To document everything here would take me at least six months and encompass a full book.
I spent three weeks studying FreeHacks, one of the dark web’s biggest platform for hackers. From passports to credit cards, nothing is safe