Dread, the top darkweb forum, has been offline for days, leaving users wondering about the future of the site and the status of the forum’s admin. After several days of silence, the admin—HugBunter—added a notice to the Dread landing page about the downtime and a number of updates to the platform.
"Harsh DoS Attack" Knocked Dread Offline
Dread, the darkweb discussion platform that serves as a centralized point of contact for users of other darkweb markets and forums, is currently down due to “a harsh DoS attack,” the creator said in a message on Reddit.
Update: Silk Road 3.1 Admins in Dispute Over Alleged Exit Scam
One Silk Road 3.1 admin claimed the other admins had stolen user funds in an exit scam. Another Silk Road 3.1 admin chimed in and claimed that the exit scam rumors were false. The truth is more complicated than it seems.
Updated Phishing Warning from Empire Market
Empire Market staff member Se7en posted an updated warning about phishing links amidst the ongoing battle between the marketplace and scammers stealing thousands of dollars from users by spreading malicious links. The links, as noted in previous warnings, send unsuspecting users to a phishing proxy that looks and acts like the real market.
Dread: "Service Will Be Restored Shortly"
Update: Online - Dread has been down for several hours. HugBunter posted a status update on the DreadAlert subreddit about the downtime and about the Nightmare Market exit scam. He announced that he had been working on a solution and planned to have Dread back online in a number of hours.
Nightmare Market Admin: Maintenance Ends "Tonight or Early Tomorrow"
Users of Nightmare Market are experiencing difficulty depositing and withdrawing certain cryptocurrencies from the market. The issues, according to a Nightmare Market admin, are only temporary and will not result in any lost bitcoin or any other crytptocurrency. The payment system should be fixed within 48 hours.
PSA from HugBunter Concerning the Current Status of Dread
A PSA from HugBunter regarding current attacks against Dread, upcoming fixes, and the status of a Dread mirror if needed.
PSA: Dread is Back Online
In a post on the /r/DreadAlert subreddit, HugBunter announced that users could access Dread once again after several days of downtime. The developer explained that his protections had successfully dampened the impact of the ongoing attacks against his server.