New to Busy? Bans Infamous Hacker @thedarkoverlord for Violating ToS


9 months agoSteemit3 min read

The hacker group The Dark Overload that made the news last week, has officially been banned from with their account no longer being accessible. This is on the flagship frontend owned and operated by Steemit Inc., not the Steem blockchain itself.

As you can see, @thedarkoverlord can still be found on other frontends: is still the #1 most used frontend app, and most used Steem app in general.

Earlier in 2018, Steemit Inc. added Terms of Service to, which anyone using the site was obligated to agree to in order to keep using it.

@thedarkoverlord is apparently in violation of the ToS for hacking, and has been blacklisted from the frontend as a result.

Here are the ToS sections that explain why:

  1. Suspension or Termination of Service.
    13.1. We may suspend or terminate your access to the Services in our sole discretion, immediately and without prior notice, and delete or deactivate your account and all related information and files in such without cost to you, including, for instance, if you breach any term of this Agreement. In the event of termination, your access to the funds in your account will require you access to the Steem blockchain via the command line API or third party tool, and will require you to have access to your backup of your Account data including your Account and Private Keys.

  2. User Conduct
    14.1. When accessing or using the Services, you agree that you will not commit any unlawful act, and that you are solely responsible for your conduct while using our Services. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, you agree that you will not:

14.1.2. Use our Services to pay for, support or otherwise engage in any activity prohibited by law, including, but not limited to illegal gambling, fraud, money-laundering, or terrorist financing activities.

Hacking is prohibited by law, hence Steemit Inc. decided to remove the account of the @thedarkoverlord from being used or accessed through

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