An Anonymous group just took down a fifth of the dark web

Individuals claiming to be “Anonymous” left this notice and ransom demand on Freedom Hosting II. Image credit: Sarah Jamie Lewis.

Russell Brandom reported this yesterday (Friday):

Visitors to more than 10,000 Tor-based websites were met with an alarming announcement this morning: “Hello, Freedom Hosting II, you have been hacked.” A group affiliating itself with Anonymous had compromised servers at Freedom Hosting II, a popular service for hosting websites accessible only through Tor. Roughly six hours after the initial announcement, all the sites hosted by the service are still offline.

In the message, the group offers to sell the compromised data back to Freedom Hosting II in exchange for 0.1 bitcoin, or just over $100, although it is unclear whether the offer is in earnest.

Read more on The Verge.

The hackers apparently subsequently changed their mind and dumped the data. They also posted an explanation of how they did it:

Statement on hack

here is how we did it:

1. create a new site or login to an old one
2. login and set sftp password
3. login via sftp and create a symlink to /
4. disable DirectoryIndex in .htaccess
5. enable mod_autoindex in .htaccess
6. disable php engine in .htaccess
7. add text/plain type for .php files in .htaccess
8. have fun browsing files
9. find /home/fhosting
10. look at the content of the index.php file in /home/fhosting/www/
11. find configuration in /home/fhosting/www/_lbs/config.php
12. copy paste database connection details to phpmyadmin login
13. find active users with shell access in /etc/passwd
14. look through the scripts and figure out how password resets work
15. manually trigger a sftp password reset for the user ‘user’
16. connect via ssh
17. run ‘sudo -i’
18. edit ssh config in /etc/ssh/sshd_config to allow root login
19. run ‘passwd’ to set root password
20. reconnect via ssh as root
21. enjoy

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  1. Patel Nisha - February 6, 2017

    The Dark Web doesn’t just refer to Tor, it’s not the only network that fits that label.

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