The hacker community received a blow today when defacement mirror Safemode.org closed its doors.
Safemode was the last major site to record the web pages of the rich and famous after they had been defaced by hackers and before they were taken down and repaired.
Last May the well known Attrition.org shut down its defacement mirror, and Alldas.de has been up and down in recent months following a bombardment of denial of service attacks effectively leaving Safemode as the only major defacement mirror.
But a message greeting viewers at Safemode.org today reads: "No more defacements will be mirrored on safemode.org. As you know this mirror was mostly run by me, Zillion."
In a message that echoes Attrition's parting shot, Zillion said: "I have been running Safemode for several years now and reached a point where I no longer appreciate doing it."
He added that the defacing scene was escalating in such a way that to keep up with it he needed a full team of people willing to take mirrors. "This site is sucking up all my free time [and] energy and has a negative influence on my personal live," Zillion said.
It has become a common gripe among defacement mirror operators that the number of sites being hit every day is growing so fast that a volunteer-run mirror can no longer handle the workload.
Zillion explained: "Until a year ago the daily amount of defacements were so low that I 'appreciated' all of them. Now every morning I open my mailbox with 100 to 150 emails.
"Often defacers mail from hacked systems, send mass hacks in 20 separate emails (in order to try and get a bigger record), send fake defacements, send mail bombs etc etc. It all makes me tired and not want to do this anymore.
"New cyber crime laws have also influenced my decision to stop running this mirror. Running a defacement mirror without breaking any of these laws (if this is possible) requires a lot of discipline and takes away the fun element."
In the past, defacement mirrors have been harassed by authorities which mistakenly think they are involved in the hacks, but all they do is hold a copy of the hacked page and nothing more.
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