Tampa, Fla. – U.S. Attorney Roger B. Handberg, along with Special Agent in Charge Darrell Waldon for the IRS – Criminal Investigation Washington DC Field Office, and Special Agent in Charge David Walker for the FBI – Tampa Division, announced today the seizure of the SSNDOB Marketplace, a series of websites that have operated for years and have been used to sell personal information, including names, dates of birth and social security numbers belonging to individuals in the USA. The SSNDOB Marketplace indexed the personal information of approximately 24 million people in the United States, generating more than $19 million in revenue.
SSNDOB administrators created advertisements on darkweb crime forums for Marketplace services, provided customer support functions, and regularly monitored site activity, including monitoring when buyers deposited money. money in their accounts. The administrators have also used various techniques to protect their anonymity and thwart detection of their activities, including the use of online nicknames separate from their true identities, the strategic maintenance of servers in various countries and the obligation for buyers to use digital payment methods, such as bitcoin.
The international operation to dismantle and seize this infrastructure is the result of close cooperation with law enforcement authorities in Cyprus and Latvia. On June 7, 2022, seizure orders were executed against the SSNDOB Marketplace domain names (ssndob.ws, ssndob.vip, ssndob.club, and blackjob.biz), effectively ceasing the operation of the website.
“I applaud the hard work and cooperation of our domestic and international law enforcement partners to bring this global program to a halt,” said U.S. Attorney Roger Handberg. “The theft and misuse of personal information is not only criminal, but can have a catastrophic impact on individuals for years to come.”
“Identity theft can have a devastating effect on a victim’s long-term emotional and financial health. The removal of the SSNDOB website has disrupted identity thieves and helped millions of Americans whose personal information has been compromised,” said Special Agent in Charge Darrell Waldon, IRS-CI Washington Field Office , DC. “IRS-CI’s DC Cyber Crimes Unit Special Agents will continue to work with the U.S. and international law enforcement community to shut down these complex scams, regardless of the money trail. who leads them.”
“These seizures demonstrate the FBI’s strong working relationship with our international partners to disrupt malicious cyber activity,” said FBI Tampa Special Agent in Charge David Walker. “Dismantling illicit markets that threaten the privacy and security of the American public is an FBI priority.”
The US investigation was led by the IRS – Criminal Investigation Cyber Crimes Unit and the FBI – Tampa Division, with assistance from IRS-Criminal Investigation’s Tampa Field Office. Substantial assistance has also been provided by the Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs, the offices of FBI legal officers responsible for Latvia and Cyprus, the Latvian police and the Cypriot police.
The investigation is being overseen by Assistant United States Attorney Rachel Jones, and the asset forfeiture will be handled by Assistant United States Attorney Suzanne Nebesky.