Being the place where the hacked Adult Friend Finder database was posted was a big break for the Hell forum, which was launched in February. Hell's members skyrocketed from 1,200 in May to 3,000 in June, growing at a rate of a hundred users everyday, according to Ping. And after the notoriety provided by the Adult Friend Finde breach, Ping added, "more experienced users came along to build a better community [and] also more database leaks," which is "more fun for me."
"The forum isn't really 'hell,'" because it doesn't allow drugs, violence or child pornography.
That, however, is normal, according to Arena, since "any unvetted cyber criminal marketplace is bound to have some people trying to scam the criminals."Hell has apparently changed a lot since its birth, not just in the number of users. The forum has grown from being a simple collection of how-tos and guides, to an "interactive community" of hackers that share data, some for sale, and some for free, according to Robb, the security researcher who's been lurking on the forum.But the popularity among some criminal hackers, and the publicity stemming from the Adult Friend Finder breach, has brought some unwanted, and unwelcome, attention to Hell. Because cops have been "lurking" the forums, Ping said that he was going to delete inactive accounts every first day of the month, starting in July, through an automatic "sweep" of users who have no posts."Some other new changes may be coming to the forum to prevent/slow down law enforcement or security firms from monitoring the forum and users activity," Ping announced in a post on Monday.
"Any unvetted cyber criminal marketplace is bound to have some people trying to scam the criminals."
"If I am gone for over a day it means that I have been arrested," he said.Ping promised he would talk to me on Thursday, June 18, and I was going to ask him about the new ways with which he planned to keep authorities out of Hell, as well as other breached data he claimed to have in his possession.But on Thursday, he never logged in. Nor did he reply to my emails. His last post on Hell dates back to Tuesday, more than two days ago.
"If I am gone for over a day it means that I have been arrested."