FBI Takes Down Dark Web Site Deep Dot Web

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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.

Authorities arrested two individuals in Israel as well as others in France, Germany, and the Netherlands. The administrator of the site was taken into custody in Brazil. Those arrested in Israel were accused of helping facilitate weapon purchases and drug distributions via Deepdotweb dark site referrals as reported by The Times of Israel.

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.

127 Million User Records From Various Sites Now Being Sold On Dark Web

The same hacker who had stolen 620 million user records has returned, this time stealing another 127 million records from various websites including Coinmama, Houzz, Petflow, and YouNow.

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:

  • Ge.tt (file sharing service) – 1.83 million accounts – 0.16 bitcoin
  • Ixigo (travel and hotel booking) – 18 million accounts – 0.262 bitcoin
  • Roll20.net (gaming) – 4 million accounts – 0.0582 bitcoin
  • Houzz (interior design) – 57 million accounts – 2.91 bitcoin
  • Coinmama (cryptocurrency exchange) – 420,000 accounts – 0.3497 bitcoin
  • Younow (live streaming) – 40 million accounts – 0.131 bitcoin
  • StrongHoldKingdoms (gaming) – 5 million accounts – 0.291 bitcoin
  • Petflow (pet food delivery) – 1 million – 0.1777 bitcoin

In just the last week, Houzz disclosed its data breach to users via email. This second wave of stolen data comes after a recent reporting by The Register which revealed sites such as MyHeritage, MyFitnessPal, HauteLook, and CoffeeMeetsBagel that were all breached in the previous week. Both MyHeritage and MyFitnessPal had already notified users of their website breach last year while CoffeeMeetsBagel had just announced their breach today. (Quite the Valentine’s Day surprise!)

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.