One Of The most Popular Hacking Forums Has Banned All Ransomware Topics

One of the most popular Russian-language cybercrime forums, XSS, has banned all ransomware topics in order not to attract unwanted attention after the attack on the Colonial Pipeline.

XSS is a hacking forum created to share exploits, vulnerabilities, malware, and network access. However, as ransomware grew in popularity, Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS) groups such as REvil, LockBit, DarkSide, Netwalker, and Nefilim began to use it. for recruiting partners.

After the DarkSide attack on the American fuel giant Colonial Pipeline left gasoline shortages across the US West Coast, law enforcement and security researchers have stepped up their fight against cyber ransomware groups and ransomware sites.

On May 13 this year, the owner of XSS, known as Admin, posted a statement banning ransomware ads on the forum.

“Friends, on our forum lockers (Ransomware) and everything connected with them are prohibited. Namely: Ransomware affiliate programs, Ransomware rental, sale of lockers (Ransomware software). All topics covered by this rule have been removed. Fortunately, only a few of them were found, ”the message says.

As Admin explained, he himself "doesn't like lockers." According to him, the forum is technical in nature and is intended for knowledge exchange, training and writing articles. The purpose of the ransomware is solely to make money.

“The goals are not the same. No, of course, everyone needs money, but not to the detriment of basic aspirations. We are not a market or a marketplace, ”said Admin.

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