FBI and Interpol shut down some servers of Joker’s Stash carding marketplace

Pierluigi Paganini December 19, 2020

Joker’s Stash, the largest carding marketplace online, was shut down by a coordinated operation conducted by the FBI and the Interpol.

Joker’s Stash, the largest carding marketplace online, was shut down as a result of a coordinated operation conducted by the FBI and the Interpol.

Joker's Stash

The Joker’s Stash carding platform has been active since October 7, 2014, it focuses on the sale of stolen payment card details.

The authorities seized some of the servers used by the carding portal, but experts warn that this operation might only have a temporary impact on the activities of the operators behind the popular marketplace. The Joker’s Stash site hosted on the ToR network is still up and running.

Some of the sites operated by the criminal organization show a message that info visitors that they have been seized by the police. The sized sites are at jstash.bazar, jstash.lib, jstash.emc, and jstash.coin.

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.

“However, later comments clarified that only the .bazar domain was unavailable. In response to the notification, the official Joker’s Stash representative, “JokerStash”, created a post within a dedicated thread on the Russian-language carding forum Club2CRD to report that the .bazar domain’s external proxy server had been “busted.” state a post published by DigitalShadows. “The representative went on to state that the server did not contain any “shop data,” and announced they were creating new servers and transitioning the site, meaning all Blockchain versions of the site would be “back to work in a few days.””

The Joker’s Stash operator announced that the domains would be up again in a few days.

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At the time of this writing the Joker’s Stash’s .bazar, .lib, .emc, .coin domains, which are all those accessible via blockchain DNS, are simply showing a “Server Not Found” message. 

Experts pointed out that if the takedown was a coordinated law enforcement operation, it’s likely that the seizure banner would remain in place to demonstrate that Blockchain DNS could be shut down. It’s also possible that authorities thought they had taken the entire Joker’s Stash service offline, rather than just one component, then quickly removed the banner. 

Joker’s Stash Tor versions are still accessible for this reason the platform will continue to be a credible marketplace

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Pierluigi Paganini

(SecurityAffairs – hacking, cybercrime)

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