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Mac-Forums, Hot Scripts, and Web Hosting Talk databases for sale

Jul 08, 20162 mins
CybercrimeData BreachSecurity

Darknet offerings affects more than a million users

Three websites owned by Penton Technology, acquired in 2015 as part of the purchase of iNET Interactive –,, and – have been compromised and their databases are now being sold on the Darknet.

On TheRealDeal website, a vendor with a solid reputation is offering the Mac-Forums database for ~$775.00, which includes 291,214 accounts.

The Hot Scripts database, with more than a million users, is currently going for ~$1,900.00.

The Web Hosting Talk database, with 498,321 users, is also available for ~$1,900.00.

Salted Hash has reached out to Penton Technology for additional details and comment. We’ll update this story should they respond. For now, if you have an account on one of these websites, you should change your password.

Earlier this morning, Salted Hash reported the news that a number of Apple IDs have been compromised; leading some to speculate that there’s been a breach at Apple. However, while a breach isn’t confirmed – it’s just a rumor at this point – what is verifiable is the trend of Apple devices being held for ransom.

It’s possible that many of the ransom victims have been recycling their Apple ID credentials on other websites that have been compromised such as LinkedIn, or more recently Mac-Forums or Hot Scripts.