Who or what is Darkode?
The department of Justice, office of Public Affairs released this report recently: “criminal charges have been filed in the Western District of Pennsylvania and elsewhere against 12 individuals associated with the forum, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton of the Western District of Pennsylvania and Deputy Director Mark F. Giuliano of the FBI.”
Of the 800 Internet forums worldwide, Darkode was one of the prominent forums where hackers shared, shopped and exchanged ideas for all the despicable activities. It’s a major success for the Justice department to have dismantled this forum thought to be inaccessible. The charges were part of a ‘coordinated effort by a coalition of law enforcement authorities from 20 nations to charge, arrest or search 70 Darkode members and associates around the world. The nations comprising the coalition include Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Israel, Latvia, Macedonia, Nigeria, Romania, Serbia, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States. The actions represent the largest coordinated international law enforcement effort ever directed at an online cyber-criminal forum.’
Europol’s Director Rob Wainwright said: “Today’s global action caused significant disruption to the underground economy, and is a stark reminder that private forums are no sanctuary for criminals and are not beyond the reach of law enforcement. We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to make cyberspace as crime-free as possible for the world’s citizens.”