Top Illicit Carding Marketplace UniCC Abruptly Shuts Down  

UniCC controlled 30 percent of the stolen payment-card data market; leaving analysts eyeing what’s next.

A top underground market for buying and selling stolen credit-card details, UniCC, has announced it’s shutting down operations.

The site accounted for about 30 percent of carding scam business and, since it was launched in 2013, handled about $358 million in cryptocurrency transactions, according to the Elliptic Threat Intel team, which published the announcement from UniCC leadership.

“Our team retires,” the UniCC leadership posted on underground carding sites in both English and Russian. “Don’t build any conspiracy theories about us leaving, it is (a) weighted decision, we are not young and our health do(es) not allow to (us) work like this any longer.”

The post, signed “your Unicc Team,” gives users 10 days to spend their balances.

“We ask you to be smart and not follow any fakes tied to our comeback and other things,” the notice concluded.

Carding Marketplace Shakeup

UniCC’s business was booming after the December 2020 takedown of Joker’s Stash, formerly the carding marketplace of choice. Elliptic noted the overall market for stolen credit-card data last year topped more than $1.4 billion just in Bitcoin.

But in recent

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