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UniCC, the largest online marketplace for stolen credit and debit cards, announced it will close next week after facilitating $358 million in transactions over nine years, said blockchain analytics firm Elliptic. Reported Wednesday – the latest in a wave of illegal dark web marketplace closures.

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UniCC’s owners announced that the site would stop working from January 22, in a Russian and English-language message seen by Elliptic.

According to Elliptic’s analysis, UniCC received more than $100 million worth of bitcoin in exchange for stolen credit cards in 2021 alone, accelerated by the February halving. joker’s stash, was previously the largest market for stolen credit cards.

UniCC’s owners urged the public not to “build up any conspiracy theories” about the site’s closure, claiming that the decision was made because “we are not young,” according to Elliptic.

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