There was also “never any doubt” the service was being used for malicious purposes, Hunt said. He posted screenshots of Twitter users saying they had used LeakedSource for hacking activities.
Others online have wondered if LeakedSource’s apparent closure is a publicity stunt, but Keen disagrees.
“It’s not positive publicity,” he said. “Because it is leaving their customers scared and frustrated.”
Users on HackForums are already looking for alternatives. One alternative talked about has been LeakBase.pw, a site that offers similar services.
However, the operators of LeakBase want to avoid any federal investigation.
"If the government genuinely considers our service a threat we will have to shut down as well," the service said in a Twitter message. "Our team has no intention of breaking the law."
The service is adding new features and policies to help reduce possible user abuse. "We want to keep offering a service where anyone can search their own data," it said. "After all, the data is already in the hands of many hackers."
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