Defacement archive Zone-h mulls closure

Defacement archive Zone-h mulls closure
Defacement archive Zone-h mulls closure 

By John Leyden
The Register
17th March 2008

Defacement archive Zone-h has put its very existence to the vote.

The security site picked up the baton after previous defacement archive 
Alldas packed up shop. It currently hosts about 2.6 million defacements 
after six years chronicling the activities of hackers.

According to Zone-h, its work has allowed it to understand trends in 
computer security such as the move towards web application attacks. 
Zone-h also claims (with some justification) to have been among the 
first to report on the rise of politically-motivated hacking from the 
Muslim world and the decrease of defacement attacks originating from 
Brazil, as hackers from the South American country moved onto 
profit-making cybercrime activities.

Much of the news written about the defacement scene focuses on whether 
Windows or Linux servers are getting hit, but Zone-h reckons this debate 
has become irrelevant.

On the downside, many defacers have started to use Zone-h as an informal 
ranking board. It is also hard work to maintain and the sometime target 
of ill-feeling from those whose foibles have been disclosed in public, 
as well as the occasional target of denial of service attacks.

So the site has decided to run a poll on whether it ought to continue 
mirroring defacements. The vote is currently running 70-30 against 
continuing Zone-h, at least according to raw voting statistics.

The vote is swinging in the opposite direction to the sentiments 
expressed by those leaving comments on a post about the poll - raising 
the possibility that a voting botnet is in play, writes Zone-h founder 
Roberto Preatoni in an addendum to the article on the vote here.

Even if Zone-h does decide to call it quits, other sites will probably 
come along to pick up where it left off. It's a dirty job, but someone 
is likely to come in and plug the gap - as happened when Safemode, 
Attrition, and Alldas quit the defacement archive scene in years past.

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