ExploitDOT Darknet User Offers 100,000+ Crypto Traders’ ID Verification Documents from Top Exchanges
A Darknet user with username ExploitDOT is reportedly selling about 100,000 documents cryptocurrency traders used in verifying their identities (KYC) on some leading cryptocurrency exchanges including Binance, Bitfinex, Poloniex and several others, according to reports published on January 21, 2019: https://theblockcrypto.com/2019/01/21/a-darknet-vendor-is-allegedly-selling-images-and-data-associated-with-crypto-exchange-identity-verification-processes/
KYC Documents Sold on Darknet
According to sources close to the matter, about 100,000 cryptocurrency holders’ documents, including high quality images, proof of residence utility bills and others that were used for KYC procedures on some cryptocurrency trading venues have been sold on the Darknet.
For the uninitiated, the Darknet is the part of the internet that is not easily accessible on the worldwide web. Various kinds of unlawful activities take place on the Darknet, including the sale of hard drugs and other illegal goods.
Reportedly, ExploitDOT posted the sale on July 17, 2018, on a sub-community (DNMAds) of Dread, a Reddit-like platform on the Darknet.
The rogue actors managed to lay their hands on the documents via a hack that affected an unnamed third-party which provides KYC solutions to cryptocurrency exchanges and initial coin offerings (ICOs).
ExploitDOT Planning to Launch a Crowdfunding Operation to Delete Stolen Documents
ExploitDOT, the infamous Darknet vendor who claims to have plied his trade on various ‘dirty’ places on the Darknet, including the Tor Carding Forum (TCF), which used to be one of the largest forums where fraudsters sold stolen credit card details, counterfeited currencies and more on the Darknet, says he may start a crowdfunding event shortly.
Based on reports, ExploitDOT claims that most of the cryptocurrency exchanges whose customers’ KYC documents are in his “dump” are completely denying that they have never been affected by any third-party breaches and as such, the sensitive documents of users’ doesn’t belong to them.
Not only that but the vendor actually commented today pic.twitter.com/Tlmbk9ikTu
— Larry Cermak (@lawmaster) January 21, 2019
Against that backdrop, ExploitDOT says asking the platforms to pay for the documents in question would be a fruitless move.
Now, he says organizing a crowdfunding event for the deleting of the documents may be the only hope he has to enable him to raise a substantial amount of money to start a legit business that could change the world.
While regulators from all over the world are hard at work trying to regulate their local cryptospace, they are also not leaving any stone unturned in their quest to clean up the Darknet.
Earlier in June 2018, Bitcoin Exchange Guide reported that the U.S. authorities had seized more than $20 million in goods from Darknet vendors whose identities were uncovered by undercover agents.