Monday, December 01, 2008

Underground Data Market Tops $275 Million

The market for buying and selling stolen credit card numbers and access to financial accounts has reached the $276 million mark, according to Symantec (as reported by TechTarget).

"Symantec said the total value of the stolen data has risen sharply in recent years as spam gangs and individual phishers sell credit card information in bulk on Web forums and bulletin boards right in the public eye. The market has become so big that phishers have to fight for credibility in a seedy underground where it's common for cybercriminals to phish other phishers."

So, after we sort out the world financial crisis and the fossil fuel crisis and global warming and international terrorism, we will still have these immoral scumbags to deal with? Great!

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