Law enforcement agencies in the US and Europe announced the seizure of the popular xDedic marketplace, an underground market offering for sale access to compromised systems and personally identifiable information.
“On 24 January, the U.S. Prosecutor’s Office for the Middle District of Florida, the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of Tampa (Florida), the Federal Computer Crime Unit (FCCU), the Federal Prosecutor’s Office and the Investigating Judge of Belgium, as well as the Ukrainian National Cyber Police and Prosecutor General’s office of Ukraine, with the support of the Bundeskriminalamt of Germany and Europol seized the xDedic Marketplace.” reads the press release published by the Europol.
The black marketplace has been active since 2014, it was first analyzed by experts at Kaspersky Lab in 2016.
At the time, the domain (
In 2016 the service was offering up to 70,000 hacked servers as little as $6 USD, and with 416 registered sellers in 173 countries, the platform was operating a highly successful global business model.
The researchers confirmed that the xDedic marketplace is run by a Russian-speaking group.
Law authorities in the United States, Belgium
Buyers were able to search accesses to compromised systems by multiple criteria, including price, geographic location, and operating system.
According to the investigators, the website facilitated more than $68 million in fraud.
(Security Affairs –xDedic market, cybercrime)