Administrators decide to shut down TORUM, a dark web hacker forum which was available for Tor users
Torum a very popular hacker forum on the dark web has decided to shut down for good. The administrators running Torum gave no reasons for the shut down in a message posted on the Torum homepage. The admin also thanked the moderators who collaborated to prevent Torum from becoming a spam platform, calling the forum activity period a success.
The Torum hacker forum on the dark web started in 2016 and has a membership of 130,000 hackers and cybersecurity enthusiasts. Torum was a crypto-focused, multi-functional, self-governing forum and was very popular among cryptocurrency enthusiasts also.
In his message on the Torum homepage, the admin says that decision to close down was a personal one. The message, available on the index page of the Torum onion service address here. The administrator’s PGP key is available in the Torum listing on Darknetlive’s forum index as well as here.
I am retiring. I ran Torum for over 3 years, the truth is I lost the passion for hosting Torum a long time ago but kept it online for the community. Torum has always been a non-profit project for me, even to the extent of rejecting donations. We grew to be a strong community of over 130,000 members. Compared to how some other projects conclude, hosting for over 3 years and wrapping up on my own terms is what I would consider being successful
Is it possible Torum returns in the future? Maybe. But I’m taking a break from the darkweb for a while, so even if Torum did possibly return it wouldn’t be anytime soon. Is it possible I give Torum away to someone I think is capable of hosting it and they relaunch it? Who knows. Maybe that could work, but again, I’m not rushing into anything. What I can say is Torum is gone for the foreseeable future, potentially permanently.
Thank you to everyone that contributed to the growth of Torum. Thank you to all Torum moderators, past and present, without you Torum would have been a spammed out mess. To all the people that tried to take Torum down over the last 3 years, I hold no grudges. I wish a prosperous future to everyone.