Recently, things have not been going so well in cyber space. There have been a lot of cybersecurity breaches in the banking and business communities. One of the major breaches that has just occurred and is still on-going is the Sony Entertainment cyber-attack. Just last year, there was the major fiasco with the Target Stores breach. Many consumers, companies and banks have had their data, personal identifiable information (PII) and credentials stolen by continuous and deliberate on-line cyber-attacks. So now, you think you know or at least you think you have a good idea of where all of this data is stored and how it is being used. Dell Computers has also been wondering how breached data is being used and distributed. Dell Computers has launched a detailed investigation to research the deep dark underground world of the hackers market. Apparently, the underground market has been thriving and the underground market is currently very prosperous!
There have been more than 160 million credit and debit cards stolen, as well as other types of PII, including credentials such as social security and driver’s license numbers. Joe Stewart the director of Dell’s SecureWorks, a Malware research lab and Dell’s Counter Threat Unit have dived into the deep dark realms of the hacker’s underground market. They have uncovered and discovered that there is a virtual price list for each and every piece of stolen data and services that they have retrieved from different corporate breaches.
The hacker’s underground market place has given each product and service a name. Several products and services are listed below. Stolen credit card numbers range from $4.00 to $28.00, a full credential dossier goes for $25 to $40.00, infected computers by botnets range from $20.00 to $250.00 and finally there is a hacker for hire service which includes doxing. (Doxing is where a hacker is hired to get all the data they can about a targeted victim via social engineering or information stealing trojan malware.) There are also malware packages for sale with a price range of $700.00 to $1500.00, depending on how long the customer of the hacker’s underground market wants to deploy the malware exploit.
It is advised that everyone should take a layered approach to security and follow structured best systems security practices. There is a full step-by-step prevention procedure listed in the official Dell released research report.
Underground Hacking Markets Report