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End of an Epoch: CastleCops Closed

One of the most respected Security Boards is closed: CastleCops.
To me this is very sad news: all the good work they did for the welfare of the user and community, all these volunteers helping Paul Laudanski to run the board, all the input and knowledge: gone..


Greetings Folks,You have arrived at the CastleCops website, which is currently offline. It has been our pleasure to investigate online crime and volunteer with our virtual family to assist with your computer needs and make the Internet a safer place. Unfortunately, all things come to an end. Keep up the good fight folks, for the spirit of this community lies within each of us. We are empowered to improve the safety and security of the Internet in our own way. Let us feel blessed for the impact we made and the relationships created.

With respect to the server marathon, by March 17 2009 CastleCops will refund contributions made through PayPal that were specifically designated for servers. Unfortunately, server donations made via check cannot be returned because we do not have the addresses for the donating entity. Unless instructed otherwise, CastleCops will re-allocate these funds as a donation to the Internet Systems Consortium ( This organization sponsored our hosting environment for approximately the past 2 years. Please contact us [cc at laudanski dot com] before March 17, 2009, if you would like a return of your server marathon donation. Otherwise, we would like to thank the ISC for their unfettered support.

We thank everyone in creating our unique footprint and memories in time.

Love, Best Wishes and Happy Holidays, CastleCops
PST 23 Dec 2008

My sincere respect and gratitude to Paul and his people for what they performed.
Folks, you were great!



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  1. This truly is sad news.
    CastleCops was a ‘household’ name within the security community.
    A very sad day.

    Comment by Starbuck | December 25, 2008 | Reply

  2. Appalled and sad to see them go. To all the crew at Castle Cops: Guys, you fought the good fight and helped a lot of people. Your laurels are the hate of the bad guys and the gratitude and respect of millions of computer users, including me. Like all heroes, what you got for your trouble was the persecution of evil men and more work – and maybe the knowledge that you did the right thing, even when it was tough. You’ve all done more than your fair share to make the internet a better place to be – the torch is passed. God bless and good luck in all your future endeavors. And Thank You.

    Comment by Cat | December 25, 2008 | Reply

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