FBI seizes infamous marketplace for selling millions of stolen SSNs

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US law enforcement announced the elimination of SSNDOB, the infamous market used to trade personal information, including social security numbers or SSNs, of millions of Americans.

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The operation was carried out by the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) with the help of the Cyprus Police to seize four domains hosting the SSNDOB marketplace – ssndob.ws, ssndob.vip, ssndob. .club and blackjob.biz.

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SSNDOB listed the personal information of approximately 24 million people in the United States, including names, dates of birth, SSNs, and credit card numbers, and generated over $19 million in revenue. according to the Department of Justice. Chainalysis, a blockchain analysis company, reports separately that since April 2015, the market has received nearly $22 million worth of bitcoin from over 100,000 transactions, although the market is believed to have been active. at least since 2013.

These figures suggest that some users have purchased personal information in bulk from the service, according to Chainalysis, which also found a link between SSNDOB and Joker’s Stash, a large dark web The market was focused on stolen credit card data that closed in January 2021.

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SSDOB operators reportedly used a variety of methods to protect their anonymity and prevent detection of their activities, including using online nicknames that differed from their true identities and strategically maintaining servers in different countries, the Justice Department said in a statement.

“Identity theft can be devastating to the emotional and financial health of the victim in the long run. The shutdown of the SSNDOB website has disrupted the activities of identity theft criminals and helped millions of Americans whose personal information has been compromised,” said Darrell Waldon, Special Agent in Charge of the IRS Local Criminal Investigation Office in Washington, DC.

The takeover of the SSNDOB infrastructure is indicative of the ongoing ramp-up of law enforcement efforts to curb malicious cyber activity. Last week, Europol announced the closure of FluBot, android a Trojan that steals online banking data, while the Justice Department said it took over three domains that cybercriminals used to trade in stolen personal information and stage distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks for hire.


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