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Joker’s Stash Marketplace Stages a Massive Infrastructure Upgrade and Offering Amidst Shutdown Threat

By Alex Nimoy Oct. 30, 2019, 3:16 p.m.
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Joker’s Stash Marketplace, an infamous dark web platform has taken a bold initiative to expand its offering and upgraded its infrastructure despite the obvious threat from the FBI.

According to the Insikt Group, Joker’s Stash marketplace which is widely known for the offerings of stolen credit cards has expanded its offering to contain a large volume of Personal Identifiable Information (PII). The listings include the contacts and the Social Security Numbers of victims. The online marketplace has also taken an extra step to upgrade its servers and domains.

The report reveals that the updated record includes sensitive information of the members of the white house cabinet, members of the fortune 500 executives and a number of cardholders from over 35 US states. It was reported that the Joker’s Stash marketplace team has been advertising the newly added Social Security Numbers on Twitter since August 2019, and though there was no report on the validity of the data, a few of the PII put into a brief search were absolutely correct data.

Joker’s Stash has for the past 5 years become one of the active platforms specialized in the sales of stolen credit card details from famous companies including British Airways and Walmart.

Joker’s Stash Marketplace, an infamous dark web platform has taken a bold initiative to expand its offering and upgraded its infrastructure despite the obvious threat from the FBI.

According to the Insikt Group, Joker’s Stash marketplace which is widely known for the offerings of stolen credit cards has expanded its offering to contain a large volume of Personal Identifiable Information (PII). The listings include the contacts and the Social Security Numbers of victims. The online marketplace has also taken an extra step to upgrade its servers and domains.

The report reveals that the updated record includes sensitive information of the members of the white house cabinet, members of the fortune 500 executives and a number of cardholders from over 35 US states. It was reported that the Joker’s Stash marketplace team has been advertising the newly added Social Security Numbers on Twitter since August 2019, and though there was no report on the validity of the data, a few of the PII put into a brief search were absolutely correct data.

Joker’s Stash has for the past 5 years become one of the active platforms specialized in the sales of stolen credit card details from famous companies including British Airways and Walmart.

The researchers stated that the expansion of the Joker’s Stash infrastructure to accommodate a large volume of stolen credit cards is an indication that they have a large client base. According to them, the operation of the stolen credit cards sales and the ease of monetization on the platform puts them at a substantial risk.

The cost of the PII and credit cards details makes it more dangerous as criminals can easily afford and put victims at risk of identity theft. The sales of PII such as first and last name, mother’s maiden name, social security number and date of birth does not make victims safe just upon the issuing of a new card by the card issuer, but can go a long way to hunt victims as these information cannot be changed. They therefore recommend that individuals and institutions should continuously monitor their payment card details and PII for any fraudulent activity.

They also recommend that there is a frequent review and auditing of financial transactions and payment cards in addition to the usual security measures put in place by the financial institutions.

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