Written by Tonya Riley
Jun 7, 2022 | CYBERSCOOP
The FBI on Tuesday seized an illicit marketplace that has made millions selling the personal data of roughly 24 million U.S. citizens, according to the Justice Department.
SSNDOB Marketplace operated through an updating rotation of websites that sold records including names, dates of birth and U.S. Social Security numbers. The administrators advertised their services to customers on dark web marketplaces, according to a DOJ press release.
U.S. law enforcement worked with authorities in Cyrus and Latvia to seize four domains belonging to SSNDOB administrators.
Users were able to pay for services through a wallet address associated with their accounts, according to cryptocurrency analysis firm Chainalysis. SSNDOB processed more than $22 million worth of bitcoin since 2015, researchers found. The median purchase was $220 but records show purchases as high as $100,000.
Chainalysis also found financial ties between SSNDOB and Joker’s Stash, an infamous darknet market for stolen credit card and personal information shut down in January 2021. Bitcoin transfers between the two ranging from December 2018 to June 2019 suggest a possible relationship.
The takedown is the second seizure by the FBI this month of a criminal operation boasting stolen