The FBI has recently seized a dark web site and marketplace, Deep Dot Web, and has arrested several suspects thought to have connections to the site’s marketplace. The agency posted their notice on the website, revealing their warrant for the domain seizure.
Admins of the website made millions from referring other users to purchasing illegal items on other sites.
This website take down comes after the Wall Street Market – another large scale dark web marketplace – was shut down by authorities in the U.S. and Germany. The marketplace was said to harbor illegal drugs and weapons as well as stolen user credentials.
User data is now being sold over a dark web marketplace, Dream Market, where individuals sell malware and user data. Currently, the individual(s)–”Gnosticplayers”–is selling the stolen website credentials for around four bitcoin, which is approximately $20,000 in value according to TechCrunch’s reporting. The asking price varies based on which website the data is coming from, as well as user data quality. It is currently unclear on whether the hacker is acting alone or using a team effort in selling acquired user data from this breach.
ZDNet reports the following websites that were affected, including the number of accounts stolen and the price to which the seller is asking for:
Last week’s data breach which included the 620 million user accounts from 16 websites were taken down from the dark web by its seller, as “buyers complained that a prolonged sale would…lead to [the]…databases…becoming available to everyone,” as Catalin Cimpanu from ZDNet reports.