Psycho Social Network Seized by Law Enforcement
The popular Tor site known as Psycho Social Network was recently seized by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies, which adds it to the interminable list of Tor hidden services to share this fate.
The popular Tor site known as Psycho Social Network was recently seized by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies, which adds it to the interminable list of Tor hidden services to share this fate. While the reasons that darknet markets like AlphaBay and Wall Street Market were seized appears more obvious, the justification for the takedown of Psycho Social Network is a bit murkier.
Psycho Social Network functioned as an uncensored "dark web Facebook" of sorts, wherein members could express themselves regardless of the murky or socially unacceptable nature of their personalities. While clearnet social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Discord may frown upon such things as nudity and gore, Psycho Social Network was the complete opposite, which explains why it attracted such a dedicated following.
The stated reason behind its seizure was that certain members of the site had been posting terrorist-like instructions for bombmaking and how-tos for poisoning someone. These types of posts did not reflect the intentions of all the members, but they seemed to be enough justification for the site to be taken down.
Even so, for many of its members, Psycho Social Network had far less malicious purposes. For instance, certain hacking groups had also taken up residence on the site, even once hosting a capture the flag (CTF) competition in which the participants had to attack a staged site and disrupt its functionality.
Other members enjoyed posting such things as gore images and videos, such as you might see on a site like Best Gore or TheYNC. Again, while such content may have been unacceptable on mainstream social networks, it was par for the course on Psycho Social Network. Still, despite the fact that the site shared shocking images, these were hardly illegal (though they seemed to offend certain members who were unaccustomed to the site).
While it's unknown where the site's former members have moved to at present, it's likely that they found communities with similar interests elsewhere. In the meantime, a void exists for a niche site like this one on Tor, meaning that it's possible someone may design one in the near future. That remains to be seen.