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In this introductions page from a Russian language gaming forum, a user named Helkern also was active in 2008 and claimed that same ICQ address.
If we check at some of the other Russian forums that Helkern was active in at the time that Darklife was online in 2008, we can see he was a fairly frequent contributor to the now-defunct Grabberz[dot]com; in this cached post, Helkern can be seen pasting an exploit he developed for a remote SQL injection vulnerability.
In it, he claims ownership of the ICQ instant messenger address 261333.
Darklife administrators were all young men who fancied themselves skilled hackers, and at one point the group hacked into the venerable and closely-guarded Russian hacking forum cih[dot]ms after guessing the password of an administrator there.
In a counterattack documented in the entertaining thread that is still posted as a trophy of sorts at cih[dot]ms/old/epicfail, hackers from cih[dot]ms hacked into the Darklife forum, and posted personal photos of Helkern and fellow Darklife leaders, including these two of Helkern: And a self-portrait of Helkern: So if Helkern is Rescator, who is Helkern?
Rescator also maintains a presence on several other carding forums, most notably cpro[dot]su and vor[dot]cc. 2011 thread that has since been deleted, Rescator introduced himself to the existing members of vor[dot]cc, a fairly exclusive Russian carding forum.
When new members join a carding community, it is customary for them to explain their expertise and list previous nicknames and forums on which they have established reputations.