If this info was on non-Americans they would have seized if for their own use.
US law enforcement has shut down another dark web market, seizing and dismantling SSNDOB, a site dealing in stolen personal information. Led by the IRS' criminal investigation division, the DOJ, and the FBI, the investigation gained control of four of SSNDOB's domains, hobbling its ability to generate cash. The agents said it …
The FBI really needs a bunch of tiny identifiers for foreign nationals, the kind they could get in bulk by breaking into databases or asking the police in those countries for a copy. The kind that's mostly useful for quickly slipping in to steal money then vanishing.
When the American government (or others, there are others) spy on innocent people, it's for a lot more information than birth date and tax ID. There are lots of ways for them to get that without hacking and little benefit to them in having just those.
Bits of the US government have used the Social Security Number as a unique identifier since 1943 (see Executive Order 9397, which was modified by Executive Order 13478 in 2008). The incrementally increasing use of the SSN as a unique identifier was shown in this 1998 New York Times article, and one could have hoped that the aftereffects of the 2017 Equifax data breach might have demonstrated the folly of that policy.
While there is no true definition of what constitutes "The Dark Web", its use here implies capabilities not in evidence. Just look at the four domains listed on the FBI seizure graphic: ssndob.ws, ssndob.vip, ssndob.club, blackjob.biz.
These are not hidden servers on Tor. No amazing sleuthing was performed. To call this "Dark Web" stretches even a vague definition.
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