Bloomberg A computer hacking forum known as Darkode, “the most sophisticated English-speaking forum for criminal computer hackers in the world,” has been dismantled, the U.S. Justice Department said. by Patrick G. Lee
'Federal authorities Wednesday announced criminal charges against a
dozen individuals associated with the forum, the result of an undercover
investigation during which the FBI infiltrated Darkode’s membership,
'The charges, filed in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, are part of an
effort coordinated with more than a dozen other countries to search,
arrest or charge 70 members of the forum, the Justice Department said.
'“Through this operation, we have dismantled a cyber hornets’ nest of
criminal hackers which was believed by many, including the hackers
themselves, to be impenetrable,” David Hickton, the U.S. attorney in
Pittsburgh, said in a statement.
'Darkode was described as an online, invitation-only forum for hackers
and cyber-criminals to buy and sell products for infecting electronic
devices. Members would invite prospective ones to share their skills
with the group, as part of a vetting process for joining, the government