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What is Carding?

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What is Carding?

Carding is also known as credit card stuffing or card verification. It is a web security threat in which attackers attempt to authorize stolen credit card credentials and use them to charge prepaid cards or gift cards. These cards are then sold or used to make purchases of goods, which can then be sold for cash.

People who are involved in Carding are called carders. Carding is performed with the help of bots and hacking software, which is capable of performing automated operations over the internet. The objective is to identify card numbers or details that can be used to perform purchases.

The United States is a high target for carding credit and debit cards. This is because the United States has a large market for cards that contain magnetic strips or chips and signature technology, unlike the more secure chip and PIN technology.

Carding Example

An example of carding was when hackers built a malicious bot named GiftGhostBot. The purpose of this bot was to hack the balances of gift cards. Around 1,000 e-commerce websites became victims of this carding attack. The advanced, persistent bot checks millions of gift card numbers automatically to identify the ones with balances. This bot is still attacking websites.

The validated gift card numbers are used to make purchases. This card cracking or token cracking attack is, typically, untraceable once the balance is stolen.

Carding Forums

A carding forum, basically, is an illegal site where stolen credit card details are shared. The forum also encourages discussions on techniques that can be used to obtain credit card information, validating it, and using it for illegal activities.

These forums are hubs for criminal groups and individuals who purchase credit card information in bulk and sell it on the dark web. These forums are hidden with Tor routing, and payments are made in cryptocurrency to avoid detection. The carder remains anonymous.

Carding forums can also be used to share the results of carding. For example, selling successfully stolen credit cards to other criminals.

Carding Attack Process

A carding attack process typically involves the following steps:

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Key Points

The following components are involved in the carding process:

Basics of Carding

Carding using Mobile Phones

Mobile phones are used only by more experienced and professional carders as it can be quite risky. Carding with mobile devices requires rooted Android mobiles. A few applications such as CCleaner, proxy apps, IMEI changer, Photo and Android ID changer, etc., are used during the carding process.

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Avoiding Card-cracking Bots

Here is how one can safeguard payment sites against malicious bots:

Here are a few progressive challenges:

Additional Security Measures

Aside from the above techniques, one can also take the following measures to strengthen the security perimeter against cracking bots:

Card Fraud Detection

Here are several types of payments that payment websites are able to detect as attempts by carding bots:


This blog is intended to spread awareness about carding, which is a current problem everywhere. In no way, is it a guide to encourage such illicit activities. There are multiple solutions available nowadays that can provide protection against carding.

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