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Discussing news of recent breaches, leaked/stolen data, and other examples of pwnage affecting the confidentiality or integrity of data.

Discussing news of recent breaches, leaked/stolen data, and other examples of pwnage affecting the confidentiality or integrity of data.

What does not apply: Denial of Service, defacements, or other attacks which impact only the availability of data.


  • Keep it legal. Also, no dumps or direct links to disclosures of data
  • News regarding unauthorized access to, disclosure of, or modification of confidential data, only.
  • Denial of Service or loss of availability is not pwning. Defacements are not pwning unless wide-spread (example: OurMine defacements of numerous NFL pages)

Please keep in mind the reddit sitewide rules when you post. FAQ/ToS.


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AT&T Breach: 73,481,539 records including SSN, DOB, Phone, Addresses, Emails, and other Info being sold online

13:04 UTC


State of the sub: Reopened

Hi all, I wanted to share a brief message with everyone subscribed to r/pwned.

About 4 years ago, I wanted to see this subreddit grow and document hacking history, and I was disappointed to see that (as of 7 months ago) this subreddit was labeled permanently closed due to the 3PA changes. I asked to step in to moderate it so we could make it what I had envisioned it could be, and in doing so this community has been reopened. I firmly believe in the communities stance on 3PA (not to mention the stance of the Apollo developer), but Reddit is a company and have not and likely will never reverse on that policy. That is their choice. So - should r/pwned never be opened again? I don't believe so. I want to keep the forum open and provide a source of news for everyone looking to find out about new data breaches. I'm aware that not everyone will be a fan, but if your preference is to avoid any content being submitted to Reddit then we share different views.

For anyone else, welcome back. I hope we can make this a good resource for anyone looking to find out about new compromises and data breaches. Many years ago, I found it was difficult to share news because many curated feeds heavily restrict submissions. We will still enforce moderation here, but this is also a call for content and volunteers. If you see the spam, report it, it will make a difference. I hope we can make r/pwned a forum worth visiting to find out about present and past compromises. Thank you for being here and there are good things to come (a bit of CSS that is not distracting, the wiki, review of the policies, and a steady stream of curated news about breaches).

02:29 UTC


Don't Let Reddit Kill 3rd Party Apps!

15:12 UTC


/r/pwned will be going dark from June 12 in protest against Reddit's API changes which will kill 3rd party apps & tools

#What's going on? A recent Reddit policy change threatens to kill many beloved third-party mobile apps, making a great many quality-of-life features not seen in the official mobile app permanently inaccessible to users.

On May 31, 2023, Reddit announced they were raising the price to make calls to their API from being free to a level that will kill every third party app on Reddit, from Apollo to Reddit is Fun to Narwhal to BaconReader.

Even if you're not a mobile user and don't use any of those apps, this is a step toward killing other ways of customizing Reddit, such as Reddit Enhancement Suite or the use of the old.reddit.com desktop interface.

This isn't only a problem on the user level: many subreddit moderators depend on tools only available outside the official app to keep their communities on-topic and spam-free.

#What's the plan? On June 12th, many subreddits will be going dark to protest this policy. Some will return after 48 hours: others will go away permanently unless the issue is adequately addressed, since many moderators aren't able to put in the work they do with the poor tools available through the official app. This isn't something any of us do lightly: we do what we do because we love Reddit, and we truly believe this change will make it impossible to keep doing what we love.

A two-day blackout isn't the goal, and it isn't the end. Should things reach the 14th with no sign of Reddit choosing to fix what they've broken, we'll use the community and buzz we've built between then and now as a tool for further action. This subbredit will remain dark until this is resolved.

###What can you do?

  1. Complain. Message the mods of r/reddit.com, who are the admins of the site: message /u/reddit: submit a support request: comment in relevant threads on r/reddit, such as this one, leave a negative review on their official iOS or Android app- and sign your username in support to this post.

  2. Spread the word. Rabble-rouse on related subreddits. Meme it up, make it spicy. Bitch about it to your cat. Suggest anyone you know who moderates a subreddit join us at our sister sub at r/ModCoord - but please don't pester mods you don't know by simply spamming their modmail.

  3. Boycott and spread the word... to Reddit's competition! Stay off Reddit entirely on June 12th through the 13th- instead, take to your favorite non-Reddit platform of choice and make some noise in support!

  4. Don't be a jerk. As upsetting this may be, threats, profanity and vandalism will be worse than useless in getting people on our side. Please make every effort to be as restrained, polite, reasonable and law-abiding as possible.

15:08 UTC

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