It announced its closure Joker's Stash, the largest forum for market and sale of stolen card data.
Specifically, the forum will cease to operate from February 15, 2021.
According to the security company Intel 471, "The fall of the Joker's Stash comes after a very turbulent end of 2020".
"In October, the agent who allegedly manages the site announced that it had been infected by COVID-19, spending a week in the hospital. The situation affected the site forums, inventory renewal and other tasks", Said the company.
"Intel 471 also noted that customers of the website complain that the quality of the payment card data of the online market was getting worse."
Administrators had stated at the time that these domains were being used as proxies to redirect users to website and did not contain card or user information.
However, the fact that the once "indestructible" Joker's Stash was discovered by the authorities had an impact on its reputation and users began to abandon it.
The administrator of Joker's Stash did not give details about the decision to close the forum, however it is possible that this is due to the incident with law enforcement and the fear that at some point they may discover more important domains.
Joker's Stash was one of the most lucrative crime ventures in the cyberspace recent years.
"The store is estimated to have made hundreds of millions of dollars in illegal profits, although that money goes to the sellers themselves."He said Christopher Thomas, Intelligence Production Analyst Gemini advisory.
In 2020 alone, the site published for sale more than 35 million CP (card present) files and more than 8 million CNP (card not present) files.
"In 2020, its major violations included BIGBADABOOM-III (which endangered Wawa), NIRVANA (which endangered Fine Burgers & Champagne French Bakery Cafe) and BLAZINGSUN (which endangered Wawa). Dickey's Barbecue Pit)Said Thomas.
The administrator of Joker's Stash, which has been running since October 7, 2014, said it intends to delete all servers and backups when it closes next month.