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Joker’s Stash to shut down on February 15, 2021.


Joker’s Stash, the largest carding marketplace online announced that it was shutting down its operations on February 15, 2021.


Joker’s Stash, the largest carding marketplace online, announced that its operations will shut down on February 15, 2021.


The administrator announced the decision via messages posted on various cybercrime forums.



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Joker’s Stash is one of the most longevous carding websites, it was launched in October 2014 and is very popular in the cybercrime underground due to the freshness of its cards and their validity. The administrators always claimed the exclusivity of their offer that is based on “self-hacked bases.”


In December, Joker’s Stash was shut down as a result of a coordinated operation conducted by the FBI and Interpol.




At the time, the authorities only seized some of the servers used by the carding portal, but the Joker’s Stash site hosted on the ToR network was not affected by the operations conducted by the police.


The sized sites were at jstash.bazar, jstash.lib, jstash.emc, and jstash.coin, which are all those accessible via blockchain DNS.


Joker Stash admins said in a message published on a hacking forum that the law enforcement only seized the servers hosting the above domains, that were only used to redirecting visitors to the actual website.


The seizure operated by law enforcement in December had an impact on the reputation of the portal, some users were also claiming that the quality of the services offered by Joker’s Stash was decreasing.

“Throughout 2020, the typically active administrator JokerStash had several gaps in communications. JokerStash claimed that they were hospitalized due to a coronavirus infection. The decreasing number of large fresh bases also questioned their ability to source new card data.” reported FlashPoint.


The news of the closure of the card shop represents a major hit to the carding activities in the underground market.


The success of the recent operations might have pushed the administrators into an exit from their operations.



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Stolen credit card shop Joker's Stash closes after making a fortune




The administrator of Joker's Stash, a popular and one of the longest-running marketplace for cybercriminals to purchase stolen credit cards, announced on Friday that they would permanently shut down the operation next month.


They published messages on multiple cybercriminal forums to inform about the retirement, set for February 15, and that all servers and backups would be wiped.

End of Joker's activity

"It's time for us to leave forever," the administrator wrote, adding in caps that "we will never ever open again," as a warning about possible impostors trying to capitalize on the move by impersonating them.



source: Geminy Advisory


The illegal card shop opened in 2014 and became famous for providing fresh stolen credit card data and a promise of card validity; some of the cards were touted to be exclusive to Joker's Stash.


Throughout 2020, though, operations were not running as smoothly as before, with the FBI and Interpol seizing four blockchain domains used by Joker's Stash acting as external proxy servers for the site's Tor service. The disruption was only temporary, though.


Before that, in October, the card shop's activity had dropped unexpectedly. Towards the end of the month, the administrator JokerStash posted that they had been infected with Covid-19 and had spent a week in the hospital.



source: Geminy Advisory


Furthermore, the quality of credit card records dropped as the influx of fresh data decreased while competitors posted larger volumes of card-not-present (CNP) data. CNP transactions are used for purchases where physical verification of the card is not possible, such as online payments.


Threat intelligence company Gemini Advisory tracked the activity on the fraudulent marketplace and noticed fewer records published over the past six months.



source: Geminy Advisory


The company says that Joker's Stash added more than 40 million new card records over the past year, most of them from physical transactions at a point-of-sale. Some of the largest databases came from breaches at Wawa, Dickey's Barbecue Pit, and Champagne French Bakery and Cafe.


Payment data from online shopping came from Magecart attacks or from phishing.

Joker's Stash made a fortune

Gemini Advisory estimates that Joker's Stash made more than $1 billion from selling stolen credit card data. The admin is also an ardent supporter of cryptocurrency and claimed to keep their proceeds in virtual coins. Giving the recent Bitcoin spike, it is safe to assume that any cryptocurrency that JokerStash owned more than doubled in value in the past few weeks.


Although a huge pile of money is a very good reason to get out of the game in GandCrab style, the admin did not explain their decision in any way but offered a 30-day grace period for all users to empty their accounts.


Source: Stolen credit card shop Joker's Stash closes after making a fortune

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This notorious cybercriminal marketplace is closing its doors

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The internet’s largest marketplace for stolen credit card information has announced that it will soon be shutting down.


Joker’s Stash, which has gained notoriety as the place where the spoils of identity theft attacks are put up for sale, will close on February 15.


The marketplace’s administrator announced the closure on a number of cybercrime forums often frequented by the site’s buyers and sellers. Further information regarding the shutdown also comes from threat intelligence company Intel 471, which issued a blog post detailing some of Joker’s Stash’s recent difficulties.


“Joker’s Stash’s fall comes after a very turbulent close to 2020,” the blog post read. “In October, the actor who allegedly runs the site announced he had contracted COVID-19, spending a week in the hospital. The condition impacted the site’s forums, inventory replenishment, and other operations. Intel 471 also observed the site’s clients complaining that the shop’s payment card data quality was increasingly poor.”

No joke

In addition to the problems mentioned by Intel 471, Joker’s Stash has also recently been dealing with an ongoing police investigation. FBI and Interpol seized four domains associated with the carding forum back in December. The seizure led some users of Joker’s Stash to question when the authorities may be able to shut down more of the site’s core operations.


Although Joker’s Stash will soon be out of action, this does not mean that its administrator will not face additional police action. The marketplace is estimated to have facilitated the transfer of hundreds of millions of dollars in illicit transactions since it launched in 2014.


Previously, law enforcement officials have shown that they have the technical wherewithal to pursue cybercrime cases against individuals despite their best efforts to cover their tracks. Earlier this month, Europol successfully shut down the world’s largest dark web marketplace following an international investigation.


Via ZDNet



This notorious cybercriminal marketplace is closing its doors

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