Hacking Forums

Exploit

Number of Post (Past Year):

67.7k

Active Users (Past Year):

6.4k

Dark Web Networks:

Tor, Clear Web

Predominant Language:

Russian

Known Admins:

admin, support, Garant, adv, BigBear, L.Luciano, Mr.Burns, pixe1, JohnRipper, oxygen, Quake3, weaver

“Exploit and other russian forums tend to view themselves as more professional than other dark web communities.”

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; this aspect was somewhat tempered by the unwanted attention Exploit received in the wake of the 2021 Colonial Pipeline attack, but has since rebounded.

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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