Diary

Hey, have you ever used DarkMarket for all your cyber-crime needs?

They’ve been running that site since November 2006. Via AoSHQ:

Cybercrime Supersite ‘DarkMarket’ Was FBI Sting, Documents Confirm

DarkMarket.ws, an online watering hole for thousands of identify thieves, hackers and credit card swindlers, has been secretly run by an FBI cybercrime agent for the last two years, until its voluntary shutdown earlier this month, according to documents unearthed by a German radio network.

Reports from the German national police obtained by the Südwestrundfunk, Southwest Germany public radio, blow the lid off the long running sting by revealing its role in nabbing a German credit card forger active on DarkMarket. The FBI agent is identified in the documents as J. Keith Mularski, a senior cybercrime agent based at the National Cyber Forensics Training Alliance in Pittsburgh, who ran the site under the hacker handle Master Splynter.

They closed down the site earlier this month: the fact that we’re hearing about it now means that the FBI’s got its ducks in a row and is planning to start arresting people. Put another way: this may be a bad month to have decided to stick with international credit card fraud as a career.