Price of Stolen Credit Cards from Target on the Black Market

In December 2013, it was reported that US retailer Target had a data breach where 40 million credit cards and debit cards were stolen. The thieves stole the information when customers made purchases starting on November 27, 2013, which was Black Friday. The breach lasted until December 15, 2013. By December 18, 2013, the credit… Continue reading Price of Stolen Credit Cards from Target on the Black Market

Number of Ransomware Victims per Week

In its annual report on Internet security threats, security company Sophos found that there were roughly 12,000 ransomware victims being hit by the scam each week in 2012. Ransomware programs lock up a user’s computer so that none of the programs are useable. The ransomware flashes a message stating that a certain amount mush be… Continue reading Number of Ransomware Victims per Week

How Much Money a Botnet Makes from Click Fraud

The Digital Crimes Unit at Microsoft disrupted a botnet that took over 2 million PCs around the world. The botnet called ZeroAccess would inject viruses onto the computer and hijack the results when the user would visit a search engine. Instead of sending the user to the page requested, the botnet would insert hyperlinks that… Continue reading How Much Money a Botnet Makes from Click Fraud

Price Charged by Hackers For Doxing Someone

Doxing is a term that is used when a person’s personal information is obtained and released on tot the Internet. Hackers on underground forums offer doxing services to paying customers that wish to find out more information about a target victim. The hackers who are hired accomplish this task by searching public databases, crawling through… Continue reading Price Charged by Hackers For Doxing Someone

Cost to Buy A Hacked Bank Account

According to security researchers with McAfee, online hackers sell the log-in credentials for online banking accounts for a portion of the available balance. For a United States bank account with full log-in information, the account is sold for 2 percent of the total balance of money that is in the account. A European Union based… Continue reading Cost to Buy A Hacked Bank Account

Price to Buy Credit Card Numbers That Were Stolen

In a paper released by computer security company McAfee, a Visa Gold/Premier card with the pin included and a big balance available on the card is sold on internet black market forums for up to $250 in the European Union. In the United States, the price is $200. On the lower end, a basic Visa… Continue reading Price to Buy Credit Card Numbers That Were Stolen

Costs of Cybercrime in India

According to a report by computer security firm Norton, cybercrime activities in India costs consumers $4 Billion in 2013. The average cost per victim was $207, an increase of 8 percent from the previous years average of $192. 11 percent of the cybercrime victims were the target of ransomware, which was the highest levels in… Continue reading Costs of Cybercrime in India

Popular Passwords Used in Britain

A survey conducted in Great Britain found that one in six people use the name of their pets as passwords for their online accounts. The most popular passwords used by British citizens were the name of their pets, their mother’s maiden name, their birth dates and their own name. The survey conducted by Get Safe… Continue reading Popular Passwords Used in Britain