Hacker forums basically are exactly what the phrase translates into, forums made primarily with the aim of discussing topics related to hackers. Although these forums aren’t as negative as the media wants us to believe them to be.
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. Obviously, not everyone is Snowden, and there are negative points to these forums as well.
Anyway here is the list.
Hack Forums is a security technology and social media forum. The website ranks as the second top “Hacking” website in terms of web traffic by the analysis company Alexa Internet. The site has been widely reported as facilitating criminal activity, such as the case of Zachary Shames, who in 2013 sold a keylogger which was used to steal personal information.
Nulled is a popular online forum board with hundreds of thousands of members, mostly used by cybercriminals to trade and purchase leaked or hacked information. The forum is popular for its data breach (in 2016) which helped law enforcement to obtain information about possible “suspects”.
Hellbound offers challenges that teach you how computer-based exploits work. The idea being, if you know how to exploit a website for instance, then you can go and secure your website, and help others in securing their. They also supply a vast library of downloads, articles, and helpful forum posts for you to learn as much as possible.
BlackHatWorld (BHW) is an internet forum owned by Damien Trevatt focused on black-hat search engine optimization (SEO) techniques and services, often known as spamdexing. Site services are varied, including copywriting; graphic design; web design; SEO, including both on-page and off-page optimization; social media marketing; and app development.
Exploit.IN is a Russian hacking forum but despite its .in domain tld, it’s not an Indian site. Although the language isn’t an issue anymore because you can simply translate it to English. It’s probably more active than Hack5 forums, and has most thread replies time-stamped with “a few hours ago” which is a good sign.