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The Dark Web is shrinking

Due to the recent hack of Freedom Housing II, the Dark Web has shrunk with about 85%. While the previous OnionScan report showed 30.000 Dark Web services, today are about 4.400 left.

The Freedom Hosting II hack has taken place in February has took down about 20% of the Dark Web, but since then, the number of such websites started to decrease. After this, OnionScan reported that many Dark Net services were offline. Another reason for this decrease is the fact that the SIGAINT, the email client that provided anonymous email exchanges has been taken offline.

This is how the Onion sphere looks like in March 2017, according to OnionScan:

  • HTTP Detected – ~4000
  • TLS Detected – ~250 (In line with previous counts, unaffected by FHII)
  • SSH Detected – ~270 (much lower, mostly due to the FHII hack)
  • FTP Detected – < 10 (much lower, probably due to FHII)
  • SMTP Detected – < 100
  • VNC Detected – < 10
  • Bitcoin Nodes Detected – ~220 (much higher, likely because of better bitcoin capability in OnionScan)

Due to the fact that some hidden services were misconfigured a thousand unique IP addresses have been leaked.

As you may know, the Dark Web websites use .onion domains (which are not actually domain names) and are accessible only via Tor. All the .onion traffic is managed by Tor servers, in order to provide anonymity for the users.

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One million Google and Yahoo accounts for sale on the dark web

yahoo and google accounts sell on dark web

 A person that has the SunTzu583 username has listed a series of e-mail packages on more than just one dark web websites. The prices are different, because many Yahoo details are already available, but some Gmail accounts may worth few Bitcoins.

The accounts come from the HackRead website. One of the offers, for more than 450K Gmail accounts also come with few email and password samples. TheInquirer.net has carried out few checks of the accounts, also in the online database of HaveIbeenPwned, and those samples appear there too … some more than just once.

The profile of the seller, the person that sells over 1 million e-mail accounts is very brief. It appears on his or hers profile “Hello, I’m here to sell digital goods like accounts or data bases“.

You can check on haveibeenpwnd.com if your e-mail account or accounts have been hacked or if they appear into a public spam list etc. We do recommend that you check that, especially because I’ve been notified by Yahoo that I need to change the password – again – due to another security breach… meaning that Yahoo got hacked again recently. And believe me, it was a Yahoo genuine e-mail.

Lucky me, the few e-mail accounts I have are marked as secured – for now. Are your e-mail addresses save? It’s never to late to check and secure them, so our advice will be to do that. This is one way that could help avoiding to get your e-mail addresses been sold out on the dark web.