Darkode hacking forum forced offline – BBC News
Darkode – anotorious hacking forum used by Lizard Squad and other cybercriminals – has been shut down after an investigation carried out by authorities in 20 countries.
“We have dismantled a cyber-hornets’ nest… which was believed by many, including the hackers themselves, to be impenetrable,” said one of the US state attorneys involved.
Twenty-eight people have been arrested……
…..The FBI added that dozens of other people linked to the site had been charged or had their property searched as part of the inquiry….
The Darkode Cybercrime Forum, Up Close â Krebs on Security
Darkode began almost eight years ago as a pet project of Matjaz Skorjanc, a now-36-year-old Slovenian hacker best known under the hacker alisas âIserdo.âÂ Skorjanc was one of several individuals named in the complaints published today by the U.S. Justice Department……………..
Iserdo was arrested by Slovenian authorities in 2010. According to investigators, his ButterFly Bot kit sold for prices ranging from $ 500 to $ 2,000.
In May 2010,Â I wrote a story titled Accused Mariposa Botnet Operators Sought Jobs at Spanish Security Firm, which detailed how several of Skorjancâs alleged associatesÂ actually applied for jobs at Panda Security, an antivirus and security firm based in Spain. At the time, Skorjanc and his buddies were already under the watchful eye of the Spanish police……………..