Daniel’s Hosting (DH), the leading free web hosting provider for dark web services, closed yesterday after a hacking attack. This is the second time in 16 months that the provider has been the victim of an attack.
Nearly 7,600 dark web portals are offline due to the hack. According to the information available, one attacker gained access to and deleted the entire database of the web hosting portal.
According to a post by Daniel Winzen, the German developer behind Daniel’s Hosting, the attack took place on March 10 at around 3:30 am.
Hacker deleted all sites
The Winzen said an attacker had access to Daniel’s Hosting backend and deleted all the bases of data related to the hosting of sites. The hacker then deleted the Winzen account and created a new one to use in future business.
Winzen discovered the hack the next morning. Most of the data, however, had already been lost. Daniel’s Hosting does not back up.
Winzen said he has yet to find out how the hacker managed to breach the DH backend. However, since the web hosting service was more of a hobby for him, he has not been much involved in investigating the case.
“At the moment I’m very busy with my daily life and other projects and I decided not to spend much time researching it,” Winzen said.
Winzen pointed out that the hacker only managed to access the DH backend database account and that the user accounts that had their sites on Daniel’s Hosting platform were not affected by the hack.
However, Winzen advises all users to change passwords in DH accounts, as well as in any other account if they use the same password.
The service will remain idle for a while
Winzen said that Daniel’s Hosting dark web hosting service will remain idle for a while.
“This is a project I work on in my spare time, along with my full-time job and it’s very time-consuming to try to keep the server clean of illegal and scammy sites, ” said Winzen.
“I spend 10 times more time deleting accounts. I want this time to continue planning, ”he added. “At this time I do not intend to continue hosting project“.
Winzen also said that users who need free hosting for dark web portals can use other similar hosting providers such as Freedom Hosting Reloaded, Ablative Hosting, OneHost or IBHost.
“I plan to restore the service later with new features and improvements,” Winzen said. “However, it may take months before I’m ready to start again.”
Second hacking attack
The host Daniel’s Hosting had fallen victim to aggression and November 2018. Then a hacker deleted all the sites (more than 6,500) that host the service.
Daniel’s Hosting became the largest hosting provider for dark web services after the infringement and closure of Freedom Hosting II, another popular provider, by Anonymous.
In 2017, Anonymous announced that they hacked Freedom Hosting II as they discovered that the hosting provider was hosting portals related to child abuse.
Daniel’s Hosting did not deal with such categories, as Winzen made sure to discover such sites and remove them from his service.