|Darkode’s new homepage|
Currently we’re greeted with a message addressing the raids and containing some information about the new site; however, the page currently leads nowhere and the “Generate Onion” button doesn’t work (though the information given is quite interesting).
The message states that not only will darkode now operate from a Tor hidden service, but each user will be given their own onion address to the forum, which is admittedly quite a clever idea. Firstly it would allow the darkode admins greater control over who gets access, preventing people from accessing a hacked account without the owner’s onion url; it would also allow them to better monitor who views what by creating an individual log file for each onion, meaning they could quickly weed out leakers.
Even more interesting it states that bitcoin wallets would be tied to accounts and used for users to authenticate on the forums, this would mean that hackers could not use a hacked account to scam with unless they know the user’s private key.
These new security measured don’t come as a huge surprise seeming as darkode had a massive problem with people using hacked accounts to leak information to law enforcement and journalists as well as scam users. Ironically even the darkode administrators were compromised at one point after one of them had reused his password on another forum, which had its database leaked a few weeks prior. Remember: Password reuse is a much bigger risk than weak passwords.