Hacking Forums


Active Since

February 2005

Dark web or clear web

Dark web and clear web

Predominant Lanuage


Known Admins

Admin, Support, Garant, Adv, BigBear, L.Luciano, Mr.Burns, Pixe1, JohnRipper, Oxygen, Quake3, Weaver

Exploit is an extremely long-running Russian cybercrime forum that has been active since at least 2005.

Exploit and other Russian forums tend to view themselves as more professional than other dark web communities, often shunning non-Russian speakers and those perceived as unskilled or inexperienced.

As such, the site acts as something of a network for career cybercriminals to connect with potential collaborators on illegal business ventures, be it hacking, scamming, or working on Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS) schemes. At times the ransomware aspect has been tempered – for example, during the unwanted attention Exploit received in the wake of the 2021 Colonial Pipeline attack.

In this vein, we regularly witness threat actors auctioning initial access to organizations, usually through VPN or other remote access software. The posts typically have a “start” price to kick off the auction, a “step” price that indicates the increments of bidding, and a “blitz” price if a bidder wants to buy the access outright.

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