The message was posted on a Russian-language dark web forum, the owner of the site, called JokerStash said “it’s time for us to leave forever” and “we will never ever open again,”.
They claimed that they are going on a well deserved retirement after starting operation years ago and growing to become the largest carding market.
Joker’s Stash, started in 2014, and became the biggest player in the underground payment card economy over the years, with an estimated $1 billion in revenue.
This news of it’s shutdown is coming weeks after the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Interpol allegedly seized proxy servers that were used in connection with “blockchian domains” belonging to the site in December 2020, causing a brief disruption in it’s operations.
There was also a “severe decline” in the volume of stolen data posted on the Joker’s Stash site, with many complaints from clients about the poor quality of the data available.
Then in October 2020, the site’s activities suffered after the actor who runs the site contracted COVID-19 and spent more than one week in a hospital.
Joker’s Stash admin final post
According to the post by the admin:
Joker goes on a well-deserved retirement. Joker’s Stash is closing. When we opened years ago, nobody knew us. Today we are one of the largest cards/dumps marketplaces. Unfortunately, or fortunately – nothing lasts forever. It’s time for us to leave forever. We will leave the Stash open for 30 more days, until 2021-02-15, so all Stash users can spend accounts balances. On 2021-02-15 we will wipe all our servers and backups and Joker will fade to dark, forever.
And mark my word: WE WILL NEVER EVER OPEN AGAIN! Do NOT trust possible future imposters! After 2021-02-15 there will be no more Joker and no more Joker’s Stash. Dear partners of Stash – you can be sure, that before we leave forever, you will get all payouts, contact me with your know-how.
We are also want to wish all young and mature cyber-gangsters not to lose themselves in the pursuit of easy money. Remember, that even all the money in the world will never make you happy and that all the most truly valuable things in this life are free.Joker’s Stash Admin