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KrebsOnSecurity reported previously that briansclub, a prominent carding shop that sells stolen credit and debit card records for reselling, had been compromised. The site administrator claimed a known bad actor known only by their initials, Mr Green, was responsible.
What I Learned
Briansclub, one such popular online forum that has seen significant traction, specializes in credit card fraud and stolen card data, an illegal activity with serious legal ramifications for participants. However, there are ways of mitigating these risks by participating.
KrebsOnSecurity reports that Briansclub CM, an underground marketplace known for selling stolen credit and debit card records, became well known in 2019 following hackers’ breaching of its website to gather 26 million payment card records that were then sold on the black market.
Card records are purchased on cybercrime forums by hackers who then sell them back for use in various fraudulent activities, such as making charges on other people’s cards and conducting spending sprees using counterfeit cards in large stores. According to Krebs, Briansclub card data hacked from Briansclub is worth thousands per record on criminal forums where hackers sell it back.
Briansclub remains unfazed by law enforcement investigations. Even as it faces pressure from law enforcement to stop its activities, Briansclub continues to operate successfully within the dark web, even adopting Krebs’ visage for its login page as an ironic tribute to this journalist known for his investigative reporting on cybercrime. It speaks volumes for the resilience of the cybercriminal underground that Briansclub can continue operating despite such intense legal scrutiny.
How I Lost Thousands
Briansclub cm was recently compromised, and its data breached, with access gained to 26 million stolen credit and debit card accounts worth $566 Million that were potentially worthless being shared among thousands of financial institutions.
Carders are criminals who specialize in trading stolen credit card information illegally, using various techniques to gain it, such as hacking into databases containing customer data, skimming point-of-sale devices at physical stores, and even phishing scams to acquire it. Once equipped with stolen card data, these criminals use it for fraudulent transactions or create counterfeit cards that they then use at physical stores or online.
KrebsOnSecurity was approached last month by an anonymous source who provided us with a text file purporting to represent all cards available for sale on BriansClub, an acclaimed fraud bazaar that trades stolen credit card details while using this author’s identity and reputation for advertising purposes since 2015.
Briansclub is one of many underground carding sites operating with relative anonymity, typically managed by cybercriminals who sell cards to resellers who then resell them directly to end users. These markets typically specialize in CVV dumps–strings of zeroes and ones capable of being encoded onto anything with magnetic stripes, like credit cards.
What I’m Doing Now
Briansclub was one of the major players in an underground market that sold stolen credit card data, and its database contained 26 million stolen cards from online and physical store penetration attacks.
KrebsOnSecurity learned that the proprietors of the carding store (which used my name and likeness in its advertising) shared stolen card data with individuals who work closely with financial institutions to identify, monitor, or reissue cards listed for sale on criminal forums. KrebsOnSecurity determined that as resellers or affiliates, carding shops earned a percentage from each sale of stolen cards sold through them; Briansclub likely saw revenue generated from its data theft; however this will become evident during an analysis later.
Briansclub data included cards stolen by hackers using skimming devices at gas stations or installing malware in point-of-sale systems of restaurants and stores, encoding stolen card numbers onto fake cards for use in fraudulent transactions, identity theft, and offloading products purchased at discounted retail outlets.
A recent analysis of the carding shop site indicates that in 2015 alone, its archives contained 1.7 million stolen cards for sale; in 2016, 2.89 million; in 2017, 4.9 million; and in 2018, 9.2 million were uploaded for sale by carding shops like Briansclub; however, smaller financial institutions reported being unaware that cards from their systems ended up on Briansclub until alerts came through from Visa and MasterCard.
How I Can Help Others
Briansclub cm dealer account hack has raised many concerns and questions, as it serves as a stark reminder of how harmful cybercrime can be to consumers while emphasizing the need for increased awareness and stronger security measures.
Briansclub, established in 2014, has become one of the dark web’s oldest and most infamous underground markets. It is well-known for its collection of stolen financial data, including credit card numbers, CVV codes, and Fullz information – providing opportunities for fraud and identity theft across a broad spectrum. Running on the Tor network offers some level of anonymity for its members while operating under secure conditions.
Named after renowned cybersecurity journalist Brian Krebs, BrianKrebs.net has used his image and reputation in its marketing since 2015. That adds another irony to an operation whose primary function is providing stolen financial data to criminals who engage in carding schemes.
Carding refers to using fraudulently acquired payment information to make purchases without proper authorization. Similar to digital pickpocketing, criminals utilize weaknesses in both online and bricks-and-mortar payment systems in order to steal data for use in an attack and then sell this data via crime forums like briansclub cm, where sellers earn a percentage of the sale price as payment for their contribution in each transaction.