During the first six months of 2022 (H1 2022), 4,562,998 compromised payment cards were advertised for sale on underground credit card markets monitored by Cybersixgill. This marks a ~67.8% decrease from the total number of cards detected for sale on the deep and dark web in H2 2021 (14,185,859).


Two underground credit card markets dominated 53% of the total market share as evaluated according to Cybersixgill’s sources, while previously prominent markets were shut down.

Compromised cards issued in the United States constituted approximately 45% of the global market share of cards sold on illicit credit card markets. This continued dominance of US-originating cards indicates the persistence of existing trends, whereby American cardholders remain the primary victims of financial fraud in underground markets.