Just hours after the FBI announced that it has seized domains of the popular darknet carding shop SSNDOB, the site popped up back to life again – to the embarrassment of the federal police.
On June 8th, the FBI announced that it has seized four domains hosting the SSNDOB marketplace — ssndob.ws, ssndob.vip, ssndob.club and blackjob.biz. However, what they did not expect was that shortly after the market site came back to life under the domain ssndob.name.
As the name implies, SSNDOB serves as robocheck and SSN lookup service with a search where you can look for SSNs and DOBs for specific states or regions as well as matching names. The site has been one of the most successful sites for this kind of service, only matched by the recently removed UniCC.
This failed FBI operation shows more than most other how much of a futile whack-a-mole job the authorities are playing: No matter how many darknet markets, card shops or vendor sites they seize, twice more will pop up shortly after. In this case it only took hours.
Has the FBI simply forgotten the domain? That seems rather unlikely. What seems rather to be the case is that the administrators of SSNDOB were preferred for just such a case – a backup domain already set up and running that can be activated quickly should their other domains get seized. It looks that this worked perfectly this time. Check out the the card shop here. While technically not a darknet shop since the site is reachable via clearnet, SSNDOB works very much the same as darknet vendor shops that offer personal information and documents to sell. As the name implies, SSNDOB serves as robocheck and SSN lookup service with a search where you can look for SSNs and DOBs for specific states or regions as well as matching names.