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ShadowCrew was a cybercrime message board forum that operated under the domain name ShadowCrew. The ShadowCrew website also contained a of sub-forums on the latest information on hacking tricks, social engineering, credit card fraud, virus development, scams, and phishing. ShadowCrew emerged early in from another underground site, counterfeitlibrary. Script, a website primarily in the Russian language. During its early years, the site was hosted overseas in Hong Kong , but shortly before CumbaJohnny Albert Gonzalez 's arrest, the server was in his possession somewhere in New Jersey.
ShadowCrew was the forerunner of today's cybercrime forums and marketplaces. The structure, marketplace, review system, and other innovations began when Shadowcrew laid the basis of today's underground forums and marketplaces. Likewise, many of today's current scams and computer crimes began with Counterfeitlibrary and Shadowcrew. The site flourished from the time it opened in until its demise in late October Even though the site was booming with criminal activity and all seemed well, the members did not know what was going on behind the scenes.
Federal agents received their "big break" when they found CumbaJohnny aka Albert Gonzalez. The Federal indictment says, "Shadowcrew was an international organization of approximately 4, members…" The last available before October 27, on archive. To people familiar with the ShadowCrew forum, it is well known [ citation needed ] that many members had multiple user names.
Members who were banned from the forum would frequently register with another user name as well. Lastly, the forum was around for over 2 years so there were possibly many inactive s. This figure assumes that every single card was valid and had been used. ShadowCrew admin Brett Johnson managed to avoid being arrested following the raids, but was picked up in on separate charges, in which he then turned informant for the Secret Service. When his continued carding activities were exposed as a part of a separate investigation in , he briefly went on the run and made the USA Most Wanted List before being caught in August of that year.
APK was finally arrested and held in Paraguay before being extradited to the United States in to face charges. This article possibly contains original research. Please improve it by verifying the claims made and adding inline citations. Statements consisting only of original research should be removed.
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