Zone-H celebrates its 10 years!09/03/2012 Written by Kevin Fernandez (Siegfried)
10 years ago Zone-H opened, a little website with security news and a “cybercrime archive” which quickly became success story. The goals of Zone-H were to follow security trends and analyze the growing importance of hacktivism.
It was born in Estonia on march 2, 2002 and started to save defacements on march 9, one week later.
The first version was a simple PHP website with some html frames (this is why it doesn’t appear well on archive.org):
A few months later, a new version of the site was created, which had security news, advisories, a huge download section with security tools and some interesting documents about frauds/scams. By the end of the year of 2003 Zone-H had already recorded 400.000 digital attacks.
What also made this new version of the site famous was its anonymous forum, especially the “0day rumors” one, which became “the place” where security researchers and hackers came to brag or lie about their new discoveries.
The “bucon première reports” were published for some months, this move was an attempt to make the site closer to the real issues of the world and link them to online activism, this is why the slogan changed from “the internet thermometer” to “unrestricted information” as we always thought the attacks we record everyday were going to be more and more important, and more and more linked to the world itself. The increase of attacks during the wars of Iraq and Lebanon, then the arrival of “Anonymous” showed we were right from the start.
Here is how the site was looking:
Those years Zone-H also opened various mirrors in different languages which all had their own security news and advisories.
At the end of 2006, Zone-H moved to a Joomla-based version, with a focus on news coverage and the translation of the articles in over 10 languages.
Then at the beginning of 2009 Zone-H opened this new version you are seeing!
We would like to thank Jericho from attrition.org who donated their archive to us a few years back, which we didn’t include yet! (it is on the road!). This will make the cybercrime database start from 1995!
And also to the alldas.org owners, particularly Stefan Wagner, who also donated the Alldas.org database to us last year, and that is already partly included on the site!
While both databases contain only some thousands of defacements, which seems very small compared to the 7 millions mirrors we now have, it is a very important piece of the internet history that will stay online, all in one place!
We would like to thank all the members who helped along the years, either publishing mirrors, writing news or supporting us, this is thanks to all of them that Zone-H is still here now! Thank you!