In the US, a platform that sold the data of 24 million people for cryptocurrency was closed

Posted 10 June, 2022

The SSNDOB marketplace, which sold the personal data of 24 million American citizens, was arrested during an international operation, according to the US Department of Justice.

The trading platform accepted payment in cryptocurrency for confidential information. The marketplace featured the names, dates of birth and social security numbers of Americans. The platform's net profit from sales amounted to more than $19 million.

SSNDOB administrators placed ads on the darknet forums under fictitious names, and to increase the anonymity of the work, they required buyers to use cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin, to pay.

As a result of the close cooperation of the FBI with the law enforcement agencies of Cyprus and Latvia, several domain names of the platform were discontinued.

"The elimination of illegal trading platforms that threaten the privacy and security of American society is a priority of the FBI," said FBI Special Agent David Walker.

The U.S. Attorney's Office has launched its own investigation and instructed employees to begin asset confiscation.

Since 2015, the US Secret Service (subordinated to the Department of Homeland Security) has confiscated cryptocurrency assets totaling $102 million in 254 times.

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