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Dark Web Carding Forum Users Are Getting Worried

By Dr.Dang March 22, 2022, 9:13 p.m.
Dark Web Carding Forum Users Are Getting Worried

Are cybercriminals facing the "most scary moment in the carding history?" They are getting scared by the sudden closure of several prominent dark  web carding forum. As a result, some wonder if it's the end of their underground activities.

Dark Web Carding Forum Users Are Getting Worried

Are cybercriminals facing the "most scary moment in the carding history?" They are getting scared by the sudden closure of several prominent dark markets. As a result, some wonder if it's the end of their underground activities.
Carding forums are darknet marketplaces. Criminals use the platforms to trade stolen credit card information and other data.
Cybersecurity researchers at Digital Shadows studied activities on the carding forums. Following that, they discovered that clients got disheartened. The reason was there was a series of seizures, and the forums were going dark.

Is it The End of Dark Web Activities?

Talk about bad timing. This happens at a time when some ransomware affiliates have been sweating palms. The reason is there's been action targeting REvil and other ransomware groups.
On January 2022, a message appeared on an eminent carding forum. It stated that the Russian Internal Affairs Ministry closed the site. Moreover, it was part of a "special law enforcement operation." Also, Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) cooperated with US agencies.
Consequently, they identified alleged hacking group members "The Infraud Organization." More so, it included someone who served as administrator for the forum.
Some days later, it got announced that six other suspects had gotten arrested. The charges linked to selling fraudulent credit card information. In addition, the same seizure notice appeared on more carding forums.

Actions Taken by Other Carding Forums

Some forums seem to have voluntarily gone on a temporary break. This could be an effort to avoid getting targeted.
"Due to recent events, we are going on vacation for two weeks," said the admins of one carding platform. "Thank you for understanding! We'll be back soon, so don't worry!" The marketplace is yet to resurface. Additionally, the ability to receive refunds has gotten canceled.
Another prominent darknet carding market has also recently shut down. The market was active for almost a decade. In this case, the admins said they were retiring since they made enough money.
Still, the shutdowns and disappearances seem to be impacting some users. In turn, they are starting to get worried.

Reactions From Users

One user described it as the "most scary moment in the carding history." Further, they said it is a "nightmare for people involved in this business."
Others are more confident that the shutdowns are just temporary. Furthermore, other marketplaces will rise to fill the void like before. "Some partial restore will happen in some days or weeks," another user stated.
Others claim that the future of carding will move to other platforms. For instance, Telegram – although not all users trust the instant messaging app.
The closures led to discussions about operational security. More forum members fear they could also get arrested. "Hard times have come. Take care of yourself and remember your safety," advised one user. "EVERYTHING has changed, go on vacation!" suggested another.
Shutdowns and seizures make engaging in cybercriminal activity harder. However, some criminals won't tire. They view the risk as worthwhile because of the amount of money they make. Also, with the providence of anonymity from browsers like Tor, the criminals are confident.

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