Site Down, Call For Backup

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Mikko Hypponen of F-Secure noticed a hacking forum has a rather bizarre frontpage at the moment. Generally, when you see a hacking site with a message warning of "law enforcement monitoring" going on it means one of two things:

1) The site has been hacked
2) It's a practical joke on the part of the site owners. On April 1st, for example, many hacking sites take down the forum and throw up a large splash of the FBI emblem claiming everyone is "under surveillance", which is remarkably similar to the above. However, given that we're in the middle of August it's a little strange which raises the possibility of the site having been hacked.

What I find particularly interesting is that a number of well known (and not so well known) forums of a similar nature are currently offline - they're either not resolving or they look like this:

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"already has more than 'max_user_connections' active connections" - is the example above being hit with a DDoS attack? Possibly - it was mentioned as being a target when another well known site was defaced and used to redirect to shock porn a couple of weeks ago.

This is nothing new, of course - if sites don't DDoS each other out of existence, an admin goes rogue and dumps the database onto file sharing sites, or members get threats from companies & law enforcement, or owners rip off the users and it all ends up a little bit like this:

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Let's all raise a glass to our fallen forum brethren - or not, as is more likely to be the case...

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