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All Your Cards Are Belong To Us: Understanding Online Carding Forums

Haslebacher, A; Onaolapo, J; Stringhini, G; (2017) All Your Cards Are Belong To Us: Understanding Online Carding Forums. In: Electronic Crime Research (eCrime), 2017 APWG Symposium on. IEEE: Scottsdale, AZ, USA. Green open access

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Abstract

Underground online forums are platforms that enable trades of illicit services and stolen goods. Carding forums, in particular, are known for being focused on trading financial information. However, little evidence exists about the sellers that are present on carding forums, the precise types of products they advertise, and the prices buyers pay. Existing literature mainly focuses on the organisation and structure of the forums. Furthermore, studies on carding forums are usually based on literature review, expert interviews, or data from forums that have already been shut down. This paper provides first-of-its-kind empirical evidence on active forums where stolen financial data is traded. We monitored 5 out of 25 discovered forums, collected posts from the forums over a three-month period, and analysed them quantitatively and qualitatively. We focused our analyses on products, prices, seller prolificacy, seller specialisation, and seller reputation.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: All Your Cards Are Belong To Us: Understanding Online Carding Forums
Event: eCrime 2017 - Symposium on Electronic Crime Research
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
Dates: 25 April 2017 - 27 April 2017
ISBN-13: 978-1-5386-2702-0
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1109/ECRIME.2017.7945053
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ECRIME.2017.7945053
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript/version of record [delete as appropriate]. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Credit cards, Interviews, Bibliographies, Internet, Security, Roads, Ecosystems
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Computer Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1504832
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