Pastebin to delete more messages from hackers

For quite a while now, the Pastebin website has been infamous as the place where hacker groups such as Anonymous, Lulzsec and others have not only made announcements about their various cyber attacks but actually published the results of their activities. These have often included information such as email addresses, phone numbers, passwords and credit card numbers of the websites that have been attacked by these groups.

Now the owner of Pastebin, Jeroen Vader, has said he plans to hire more staff members to help monitor and delete such messages from hacker groups. The BBC reports that Vader, who bought the site in early 2010, points out that it has a policy for its members not to post any personal  information or stolen source code.

Pastebin is supposed to be used mainly by programmers who want to store some of their source code for brief periods of time but it obviously is used to post any kind of text file. The site now has 17 million unique visitors, according to Vader, but currently relies on its users to notify Pastebin of any messages that violate its policy. Vader says that the extra staff that he plans to bring in will help to find message violations before they are reported.

Even though Pastebin has become a favorite place for hacker groups to publish their messages, the site is also the victim of a number of cyber attacks. Vader states that the site has to deal with denial of service attacks every day, saying, "I do hear from people in the hackers community that many hackers like to test their DDOS skills on Pastebin." Indeed, Vader states that his own personal information was once posted on the site, which he naturally deleted.

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Isn't that the entire ****ing point of pastebin? Why are so many people always trying to take their **** to the next level, when some things weren't deisnged for it?

Pastebin, you're destined to be used by Anon. period. there are no legit uses for you, if you try filling a different niche and get greedy, you'll end up with no pie at all.

BumbleBritches57 said,
Isn't that the entire ****ing point of pastebin? Why are so many people always trying to take their **** to the next level, when some things weren't deisnged for it?

Pastebin, you're destined to be used by Anon. period. there are no legit uses for you, if you try filling a different niche and get greedy, you'll end up with no pie at all.


You are also an idiot! You only have to click any of the recent pastes to see that code is the main purpose of it.

Well. It would be interesting to know what they determine "hackers" to be classified as. "Anonymous, Lulzsec and others" but is that all? Or just anyone seeming to be associated with those groups?

Northgrove said,
That must be like 70% of their clientele. I actually thought it was started by hackers, warez groups, or the likes.

Agreed the only time I saw the site name Pastebin was when anon or Lulz posted something on there

T1Famous said,

Agreed the only time I saw the site name Pastebin was when anon or Lulz posted something on there

I use it alot to paste code for school.

Northgrove said,
That must be like 70% of their clientele. I actually thought it was started by hackers, warez groups, or the likes.

You're an idiot! I was using Pastebin 5 or 6 years ago for pasting code snippets to. You only have to click any of the recent pastes to see that code is the main purpose of it.