Hacking forums and online communities

Hacking forums have become a prominent feature of the internet in recent years, providing a platform for discussion, collaboration, and sharing of knowledge among hackers and enthusiasts alike. In this article, we will discuss three of the most significant hacking forums, their features, and the communities that have formed around them.


Dread is a dark web forum similar to Reddit that uses Tor for added security. It gained popularity in 2018 after Reddit banned several darknet market discussion communities, though some still exist.

Today, Dread is considered one of the most valuable forums due to its professional hacking posts, in-depth guides on hacking and software, and carding. It also features posts on news and info related to computer hacking and other topics of community interest. In addition to its hacking sections, Dread is a popular platform for drug discussions and trade. Users appreciate the privacy provided by the forum.


Cracked is a renowned and significant hacker forum with over 18mil posts and nearly 4 million users. The forum features a shoutbox for chat functionality on general issues, but the rest of the site covers various sections related to cracking tools and tutorials, hacking tutorials, leaks (ebooks, programs, discounts), and coding language-specific sections. Other sections include money and a marketplace for illicit products such as malware and vulnerabilities.

Hack Forums

Much like Cracked.io, Hack Forums (aka HF) is dedicated to all things related to hacking, though it delves more into white hat hacking and ethical hacking than the former. With millions of posts and threads, on everything from botnets, bot bounties, pentesting, viruses, and social media hacking, the forum has been around since 2007 and shows no signs of slowing down.


Hacking forums provide a unique platform for individuals interested in the field to share knowledge, collaborate, and discuss the latest trends and techniques. Dread, Cracked.io, and Hack Forums are just a few of the many forums available, each with its distinct community and features. While some may view hacking forums negatively, they serve a vital role in the hacking community and continue to shape the future of the field.