According to web portal darkdot.com and anonymous journalist Darkdotfail , the popular darknet forum Dread has been down for a month. The famous forum, where darknet market (DNM) patrons discussed operational security, rated specific vendors, and discussed stealth delivery ideas, has been absent for 30 days. However, the forum’s founder, “Hugbunter,” says it will reopen in the near future.
Dread Forum founder announces plans to reopen
Forum Dread was known as the go-to source of information in the darknet market (DNM) underworld. rice field. According to his January 1, 2023 update hosted on darkdot.com, the forums he’s been down for a month. “In anonymous communities where fraud is rife, fear is a key source of truth,” said the update. “The popular Tor free speech forum went offline on November 30, 2022 and has not yet returned.” I will post, but the communication was tenuous.
An anonymous journalist known as Darkdotfail wrote about the issue on his Twitter, and their website dark.fail also indicates that Dread is currently offline. According to his January 5, 2023 update on the website, Dread has been taken offline due to his DDOS attack and readers should follow /r/dreadalert for updates. On January 2, 2023, DNM and Tor researchers wrote that Dread’s founder, Hugbunter, has confirmed that the forum will be revived privately. “Dread has been offline for a month now, but Hugbunter has privately confirmed he will be back,” he wrote Darkdotfail. Two days later, Darkdotfail shared an update from his Reddit forum /r/dreadalert.
Privacy advocate and anonymous journalist said:
Hugbunter posted an update on Dread’s downtime /r Posted to /dreadalert. Meanwhile, the team behind Incognito Market opportunistically coded during Dread’s downtime to launch a competing forum, Libre. It’s never boring here.
A message from the founder’s Hugbunter containing his PGP signature explains that the team is “working very hard to restore service.” In a message, the Dread founder estimates that the team is about a week away from a firm estimated time of arrival (ETA).
“At this point, it will take about a week before we can give a firm ETA on Dread’s return, but we expect it to be next week,” he said of Hugbunter. }. “This depends on having everything done on the server side and having no further issues if we can do some rewrites of the codebase in a timely manner, but it’s not an easy or small task — so , no more pressure please.”
This isn’t the first time Dredd has experienced a significant amount of downtime. On September 30, 2019, Bitcoin.com News reported on the forum’s first major outage. At that time, Hugbunter’s Dead Man’s Switch triggered, temporarily losing control of the forum. However, Hugbunter soon returned and confirmed the identity of the forum owner through a PGP key associated with the founder of Dread. The forumremained active until November 2022,with a few exceptions due to DDOS attacks. In addition to Dread’s outage due to the DDOS attack, the Tor Project reported that the Tor network itself has slowed him down by nearly 50%.
In a January 3 message, Dread’s founder, Hugbunter, said that his DDOS problem on the forums would be resolved by the time the forums returned and that “other services needing assistance” would be available. I have elaborated on something. Hugbunter promises that his Dread will be rebooted with an improved user experience and proper DDOS protection, stating: We are not going anywhere and I still have much to offer and share.
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