The Carderplanet was a criminal organization that operated and maintained the website www.carderplanet.com for its criminal activities and was founded in May 2001. By August 2004, the site had attracted more than 7,000 members. The site provided its members with a marketplace for millions of stolen credit card accounts. Although most of the postings on the forum were in Russian, and most of Carderplanet members were from Eastern Europe and Russia, the forum had a significant English-speaking component.
The Carderplanet criminal organization was organized similar to the mafia with the highest ranking members, or “the family,” having titles such as the Godfather and “capo di capi” (or boss of all bosses). Senior members of the organization shut the website down in the summer of 2004 following some arrests of high-ranking members and law enforcement scrutiny.