Searching for the best hacker forums on the darkweb and/or the clearnet? If yes, you need to look no further, we’ve compiled quite a few of those here, along with a lot of other data related to the topic.
Hacker forums basically are exactly what the phrase translates into, forums made primarily with the aim of discussing topics related to hackers.
Before starting with these sites, let’s see why you’d need to visit such a site.
What can be found on these Hacker Forums?
Heard interesting things about these hacker forums? Wondering what dark worms it holds? Let me tell you; anything and everything that is shown in the movies, and then some!
The very basic use I’ve made of hacker forums is learnt how to protect myself, and remain anonymous on the Internet. And that’s a pretty positive use of these forums I’d say, don’t you agree?
Although these forums aren’t as negative as the media wants us to believe them to be.
The status of hackers has changed over the years as well, earlier they were mere criminals, today there are hackers working for social causes (Hacktivists), voicing oppressions, unmasking govt. secrets and what not.
Edward Snowden is the best example of a “not so bad hacker” who revealed shocking truths about the American govt. and didn’t do it for any personal gain.
Although obviously not everyone is Snowden, and there are negative points to these forums as well.
You can learn hacking, get tools, stolen data, news of what’s going on out there, new vulnerabilities or patches which come up or basically anything that relates to hackers or wanna-be hackers in any way.
According to a report from Business Insider; there are sites which will hack into someone’s Netflix account, change the numbers in someone’s bank account, or simply mess someone’s digital footprints up for as low as $1-$100.
You could either learn these yourselves, or simply hire some of those “experts” from these underground hackers’ forums. Here’s a very real-life example of such a site: http://5eme2auqilcux2wq.onion/
The person here is offering a variety of services for Bitcoins. It’s been up for at least 4 years now, and it has been made like a resume + an e-commerce portal for buying hacker services.
Hacker for Hire is another such deep web hacker site which offers hacking services for a price.
Although note that I by no means encourage hacking, or any other illegal activity, neither online nor offline. The examples above are only and only to give you a first-hand experience of what’s available but do not buy those services, that’s a request.
On a more advanced level, the “invite-only” forum Trojanforge specializes in code-reversal and malware and it’s just a glimpse of what goes on in there.
Bottomline, how you use these sites is up to you, here we’re simply listing the top hacker forum sites worth really spending your time on (purely for research and “learning to protect yourself” perspective).
Secure Yourselves Before Accessing These Hacker Websites
Note that before you go on and click on any of these links (primarily the ones on the clearnet), make sure you have taken the adequate security precautions.
Tor doesn’t record your IP address, your web history or anything which can be used to link back to you.
And even though the clearnet sites can be accessed without Tor it’s not really a good idea to leave your digital footprints on such sites.
Secondly, in addition to the Tor browser, make sure you have a VPN running as well. A VPN provides additional privacy and security online by changing your IP address. I am suggesting you NordVPN service which delivers quality privacy security at cheap price also they don’t track any logs.
So that even if you do land somewhere where you shouldn’t be, you wouldn’t get the feds knocking on your doors cause Tor + VPN literally makes you untraceable on the internet.
Anyway, now that you’re all suited up, let me share with you some of the best forums related to hacking both on the deep web and the clearnet!
Torum – Non Profit Cyber Security Forum
Torum is a non-profit; absolutely free Cyber-sec forum built on the grounds of “lesser rules, more value”. Was established in May 2017 and already boasts over 6229 members in less than 2years.
It has three primary sections:
- And Main
The General section is where announcements are posted, or users can spark up new discussions. They also posts challenges and Puzzles in this section.
The Commodities section however can only be accessed after reaching 10 posts (total) in other sections.
Finally the “Main” section is the most important section which has all the educational and information posts accordingly categorised where they fit best; some of the threads are Cryptography/Malware, Network/Wireless, Hardware, Social Engineering, Denial of Service and so on.
KickAss is one of the best hacking forums, specializing in malware, exploits, and accounts.
You can request to join the forum, although they’ve a really strict captcha system, and your request needs to be manually approved by an administrator.
But anyway once you’re in, they have a pretty interesting thread up, a kind of “A-Z” course which consists of:
- Server Hacking
- Smart Phone Hacking
- Password cracking
- And lot’s more, finally ending with Reverse Engineering.
As far as educational purposes go, the course seems pretty detailed and worth it. Even though nothing else can be accessed unless your account is approved, the course is free for all.
Wait, don’t get lost on the forum yet, we’ve got many others in store for you.
Hack This Site
As their description says, they’re a legal hackers’ forum, sharing tips, tricks, tutorials, and tools only for educational purposes.
More than simply a forum, they have quite a few serious projects being developed, they also have a IRC server (chat box) all up and running.
In case you’re not a total new player in the game, they also have challenges setup which can be accessed from the dashboard’s left sidebar.
These challenges are categorized into basic missions, realistic missions, and many others. They also let their users create and post challenges if they wish to.
What I personally liked about their forum is the availability of nearly every aspect or element I could think of, from hardcore code penetration to social engineering, everything had a well-managed and active thread there.
Although note that you can’t just post stuff like “Need a virus”/“Need to hack Mr. X’s account” or anything which is directly illegal on the forum, that’s clearly banned.
HackForums is a Hacker forum on the clearnet which can also be accessed without the Tor browser. As per the displayed stats, it has over half a million users as of today; 511,913 to be exact which is like one of the largest user-bases any of the Hacker forums on this entire list can boast of.
The entire memberlist can be accessed from the top-bar which shows usernames and links to the profiles of every single registered member on the platform.
Registration is mandatory in order to access the threads, the registration also isn’t as liberal as with some other platforms on this list and does require E-mail verification.
One of the reasons it’s so popular is because in addition to being a forum, it also is a Toolbox and offers a number of Security and Hacking tools absolutely free. These can be accessed from the top-bar > tools (wrench icon). Some of the available tools on the site include Base64 Encoder/Decoder, BIP39. Epoch Converter, Hash Encryption etc.
Users can access these tools even without registering on the platform.
The forum is primarily divided into only two major sections, the first is its Official Announcement section, the other being the the actual discussions involving hacks, exploits and so on. Some of the popular threads in the category are Basic hacking, advanced hacking, Website hacking, Hacking tutorials, Skype/IRC/ IM hacks etc.
Note that the forum pays special attention to always being on the right side of the law, hence doesn’t allow posting any personally identifiable information about anyone. It also logs, monitors as well as willingly shares IP addresses and other such details with the law enforcement agencies when asked to do so.
The staff also has the right to access your private message folder. Bottomline, it’s great if it’s just education you’re looking for although it’s not anonymous or privacy-respecting, not by a far stretch.
The Hack5 forum is in true sense a hackers forum site, as in it’s founded, run and managed by hackers all across the globe.
Darren Kitchen, the renowned security expert is one of the administrators on the site and the forum.
Although my personal favourite aspect about this one is its activeness, you’re most likely to stumble upon a new hack/tool almost every week, something that’s unique and not known to the rest of the world.
Its “Questions” thread is especially helpful, with over 60,000 questions, and nearly to-the-hour updated answers it clearly is one of the best hacker forums.
They also have a “Leaderboard” with Leaders, top members and past leaders which gives people enough incentive to interact actively on the forum.
The homepage also has a very active video-feed, where new videos are uploaded twice or thrice every week.
It too is purely white-hat although it’s full of detailed researches and tutorials which can (but shouldn’t) be used for illegal activities.
Despite its .in domain, it’s not an Indian, rather a Russian site. Although language isn’t an issue anymore because you can simply translate it to English with one click.
It’s probably more active than Hack5 forums, and has most thread replies time- stamped with “few hours ago” which is a good sign.
As for availability of content, everything from bluejacking to cryptography is available over there.
In fact, the people posting replies there too do not seem script kiddies and their answers did impress me.
Apart from the knowledge-oriented threads, it also has a mega-active “purchase/sale” thread with over 210,000 replies there!
Bottomline, it’s one of the best hacker forums you could land upon.
Okay, this one isn’t as “traffic-rich” as some of the other hacker forums on this list. But I’m still enlisting it here it does have some really good topics and tutorials.
It covers everything, right from the very basics to the advanced level. The forum doesn’t have millions of hits and has 10-15K views/thread, but that shouldn’t be a key-point in determining its quality, right?
It’s pretty active as well, and its most recent threads are almost never older than 48 hours.
With time, given it sustains this quality, it sure can be one of the best forums in the niche for people with a hacker’s mindset.
It’s free to join and signs you up instantly as well!
It’s a deep web forum, and it’s rather restricted when it comes to communications as users can’t exactly talk there.
But it’s still a forum, and is rather content-rich, both in quantity and quality. You can click on any of the links provided there and they redirect to download links for the said materials.
Although it’s not only restricted to hacking, and has marketplaces, search engines and other types of data as well.
Exploit Database forums is a CVE certified forum and is totally legal. Its primary purpose is the gathering and sharing of known vulnerabilities.
So that those vulnerabilities can be studied, learnt from and avoided in the future.
That said, it has a really huge database of such exploits, vulnerabilities and scripts which would come in handy for anyone looking up for a challenge.
Although honestly, it’s more for advanced users and not for beginners, for e.g. you won’t find the stepping stones there, rather complex codes and terms which wouldn’t make any sense to you unless you’re aware of them beforehand.
But for the right audience, it’s a goldmine. For e.g. I found D-link routers arbitrary code execution and XSS taxi booking script just after couple seconds on the site.
If it matters, it has a total of 38518 exploits archieved, which I’d say is a lot! Even if you study one exploit every day, that’s enough food for like 10s of years!
So well those were the best hacker websites out there folks. Let’s divert our attention to something that’s equally important
It’s one of the most advanced hacker forums that I’ve included so far, advanced in the sense that it’s not only a forum, but also a marketplace.
You can buy/sell exploits, they even have their own “currency” which can be bought using Cryptocurrencies and then exchanged for exploits or hacks.
It’s free to join, although you’ll need to register and load funds in order to trade on the forum. The term advanced is justified once more because it has dual-buttons for most trades.
Such as “Buy exploits/test exploits” making sure you do not waste your money on something which doesn’t work. There are reviews, feedbacks and everything else to help you as well.
Bottomline, if you already are a hacker and need a marketplace to sell your exploits or vulnerabilities, or even if you’re a newbie and wish to learn how to use some real-deadly stuff, this is the place to go to. (Although, don’t!)
Founded by Gordon Fyodor who is somewhat of a celebrity in the hackosphere (Yes, I just invented the word) SecList is another alternative to a “quality” Hacker forum. Fyodor also developed the nMap Security scanner, has authored a number of books and even starred in comics!
SecList even though isn’t a traditional forum, does comply to most norms and features that a forum provides for and hence has been included in this list here.
For starters, its layout is significantly different than all other options on this list, but just like any other forum it too lets users interact using comments among each other.
It primarily is a mailing list archive, which monitors and makes some of the most popular mailing lists available to users such as Insecure.org lists (another project by Fyodor) and Bugtraq list. These list contain some of the most recent exploits, vulnerabilities and loopholes that the Internet ever sees!
These lists are updated in real-time whose web archives and RSS feeds can be obtained from Seclist. It also has a “Security Tools” section which has links to a wide range of established tools. They’re categorized into Password tools, Sniffers, Packet Crafters, Exploitation, Web Scanners etc.
It may take a second getting the hang of the site’s layout and all the options, but it sure is loaded with tons of information, docs, books, tools and everything else.
Absolutely no registration is required to access any part of the site. Note that while on SecLists.org, you may be redirected to SecTools.org, nMap.org and/or Insecure.org. All these sites look and feel exactly the same, just with different content and are interlinked with each other, a part of the same network.
BiTSHACK wasn’t on this list a year ago, when we published this piece. It recently earned its place on top search engines and communities and pulled our attention.
Its exact age isn’t known, although as of today it boasts as many as 285, 485 registered members. The activeness of the forum is established by the fact that it has a total of 139,572 individual threads. Over half a million individual messages have been posted in these threads (658,995) to be exact.
The site sees as average of 50 registrations everyday, yet another mark of its popularity. The interface is alike most other hacker forums on this list.
The top area of the website is covered with ads and banners, and then the actual forum follows. Viewing thread titles as well as titles of sub-threads doesn’t need any registrations, however to view the actual posts in them it’s mandatory.
Registration is free, as well as anonymous. No verification or personal information is asked for. It consists of a number of sections, such as Announcements, Staff Application, VIP Area, Money Making Section, Community, Hacking and Security, Carding, White Hat, Anonymity, GFX, Mobile Mania, Marketplace, Coders etc.
Your area of interest would probably be the “Hacking and Security” which shares tutorials, tools, discussions etc. The white-hat section comprises primarily of legal hacking discussions, such as PC Protection, How Tos etc.
It even holds Hacking contests and offers prizes from USD $100 to USD $1000+ to the winner. It also has a Paid, VIP plan starting at USD $20.00 for one month, and goes upto USD $150.00 for one year. It offers tools, guides and many other private material to users.
Payments can be made using Bitcoin, Perfect Money, Payza, Web Money and Western Union. Minimum amount differs for each method.
Is Accessing them Illegal?
As far as my knowledge goes, simply “being” on any of the above-listed websites, neither of the deep web nor the clearnet is “illegal”.
Although using the information provided there to hack into something totally is. Therefore, unless you actually commit a crime, “browsing” these sites won’t land you in jail.
But then again, your presence on these sites can surely be used as evidence, or proof of past intent or can be manipulated and used in other cases against you if you face or are facing any.
That’s the reason why I recommended those simple tips to make sure your anonymity and privacy remains intact on these sites, as long as you follow what I’ve said and guard yourselves, you should feel free to browse these sites.
Can The Sites be Trusted with Payments?
Most of the sites listed here are nearly half a decade old, or even older. With tens of thousands of payloads and exploits available on them. Also, as per the review and feedback by other users, most of these sites are legitimate and can be trusted when buying tools or payloads off them.
Although just like purchasing anything off any Darknet website, I’d advise you to invest only the amount of money you can afford to lose. Infact, it’s best not to pour in money before you’re really serious and know what you’re doing.
As for personal security, most sites accept payments via Bitcoin or other Cryptocurrencies and do not require any personal information while registering hence your personal security remains pretty safe.
So let’s wrap this piece up. I’ve compiled this list of 10 hacker forums which should be more than enough to lift you off the ground, and by then you’ll probably have a hacker forum of your own running (or maybe not?)
Every single one of these forums listed here are extremely content-rich, if even a single one of them is read carefully for couple weeks, you’ll be pretty close to calling yourself a cyber expert already.
Although let me warn you, not all sites claiming to be “hacker forums” actually are what they pretend to be, some are created with the sole purpose of scamming you, either in the form of donations, or services which you’ll never get.
So, the best practice is not to trust every hackers forum site you land on, and most importantly never to buy “hacking services” online, especially on the deep web, and more importantly not without proper protection (Tor + VPN).
Whatever links I’ve shared here, are only shared to expand you knowledge in the field, and not with the intent to actually arm you with knowledge which may land you in jail.
Anyway, do let me know your favourite hacker websites or forums on our Facebook page, and I’ll try to get a glimpse of them.