An illegal online marketplace known as SSNDOB has been taken down by US law enforcement agencies, the Department of Justice (DoJ) announced on Tuesday.
SSNDOB traded personal information such as names, dates of birth, credit card numbers, and Social Security numbers to approximately 24 million individuals in the United States, generating $19 million in sales to regulators. of SSNDOB.
The action saw the seizure of several market-related domains – ssndob.ws, ssndob.vip, ssndob.club and blackjob.biz – with the cooperation of authorities from Cyprus and Latvia.
Furthermore, bitcoin transfers worth more than $100,000 were detected between SSNDOB and Joker’s Stash, another darknet marketplace that specializes in stealing credit card information and voluntarily closing its stores in January 2021, shows the close relationship between the two crime fronts.
“SSNDOB administrators created ads on dark web crime forums for Marketplace services, provided customer support functions, and regularly monitored website activity, including the monitor when buyers deposit funds into their accounts,” the DoJ said in a statement.
Additionally, cybercriminal actors are believed to have employed tactics to conceal their true identities, including using anonymous online profiles, maintaining servers in different countries, and demanding Ask potential buyers to use electronic money.
“Identity theft can have a serious impact on a victim’s long-term emotional and financial health,” said Darrell Waldon, special agent in charge of the IRS-CI Washington, DC Field Office. “The takedown of the SSNDOB website has disrupted ID theft criminals and helped millions of Americans whose personal information was compromised.”
The takedown marks a continued increase in efforts by law enforcement agencies around the world to prevent malicious cyber activity.
Last week, Europol made public the shutdown of the FluBot Android banking trojan, while the Justice Department said it had seized three domains used by cybercriminals to trade stolen personal information and facilitate distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks for hire.
Earlier this year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) also disabled a modular botnet called Cyclops Blink as well as dismantled RaidForums, a hacking forum known for selling access to personal information. user’s vulnerable kernel.
In a related development, the US Treasury Department also sanctioned Hydra after German law enforcement agencies disrupted the world’s largest and oldest dark web market in April 2022.