Expert Reaction On Dark Web Database Breach Exposes Thousands Of Email Addresses

A hacker has leaked the database of Daniel’s Hosting (DH), the largest free web hosting provider for dark web services, according to ZDNet. The leaked data includes 3,671 email addresses, 7,205 account passwords, and 8,580 private keys for .onion (dark web) domains, and was obtained after the hacker breached DH in March this year. Shortly after, DH owner Daniel Winzen revealed that the hacker had breached his portal, stolen its database, and then wiped all servers. Two weeks later, DH shut down its service for good, urging users to move their sites to new dark web hosting providers. Around 7,600 websites — a third of all dark web portals — went down following DH’s shutdown.

Jake Moore, Cybersecurity Specialist,  ESET
June 01, 2020
Some of the leaked data will, no doubt, act as gold dust to law enforcement.
The dark web is notoriously associated with illicit activity but it is not always used for underground dealings. Daniel’s Hosting was used by thousands of web admins, and this breach will strike worry amongst those that used it. Anyone affected should immediately change their passwords, and do the same for any accounts where passwords were reused. Frustratingly, this service – by design – ....
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