ValidCC, a Dark Web market for selling stolen credit cards, was operated by a cybercrime group for the last six years. Last week it unexpectedly shut down. It was later announced by a member of the group that law enforcement had seized their servers. User “SPR”, a ValidCC admin, announced that the group would be halting operations for good last week. ValidCC had thousands of users, many of which had large amounts of bitcoin stored in the shop. Upon SPR’s announcement, several users posted to other criminal forums claiming the shutdown was not because of law enforcement intervention, but an exit scam, as Bitcoin was at an all-time high last week. If this was conducted by law enforcement, it marks the second successful operation against dark web credit card shops in the last three months. In December of last year, the U.S. Department of Justice and Interpol seized servers of Jokers Stash, perhaps the most prolific credit card dark web site. After multiple interruptions and takedowns, the Jokers Stash admin announced he would be closing the shop for good.
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