Various authoritative news sources including TASS, Krebs, Elliptic and others are reporting that Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs have shut down multiple dark websites used to exchange stolen credit cards and seized over $200 million of crypto currency. This is the second crack down of credit card fraud websites by Russian authorities in the few weeks.
The underlying root of this initiative hasn’t been published but one could assume its a Russian attempt to gain more favor with other nations, it could simply be a way to generate revenue for the Russian government or even get enlist the bad actors to work for the Russian government. Who knows, I’ve probably seen too many movies.
According to Group-IB’s annual report on hi-tech crime for 2021/2022 there has been a significant decrease in the market for compromised payment records so hopefully this seizure by the Russian government will help even more. The illegal credit card market is worth billons
Which Dark Websites Were Shut down
AUpon review of each of he websites that have allegedly been shut down; Trumps Dumps, Sky Fraud, U-A-S Shop and Ferum Shop it looks like some are still down, some are up and many alternate websites exist.
Sure enough in review of the source code on Trumps Dumps it looks like a message was left in the source code by the Russian government letting the bad actors know they are serious. Translated “Which of you is next?”.
More to come on this story as it develops.