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What Is That Stolen Data Worth? 11 Most Lucrative Hacking Targets, Services

Research from Dell SecureWorks and Symantec identify how hackers cash in their stolen data, documenting a thriving market for stolen goods. Here's how much your credit card fetches online.

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Financially Motivated Hackers Making Gains, Profits Dipping

Financially motivated cybercriminals are making substantial gains sorting, bundling and getting stolen goods to market in record time, according to new data recently released in separate reports from Symantec and Dell SecureWorks. The prices have dipped over the past year, due to an abundance of stolen bank credentials for sale and an overabundance of cybercriminal hackers willing to carry out hacking services and flood the market with more stolen data, according to security researchers from both companies that monitor underground forums where goods and services are bought, sold and bartered.

The underground market is still quite lucrative. In order to make big gains, cybercriminals must establish themselves because the market is based on a hacker's reputation and consistency, the security researchers said. Dell SecureWorks' report noted that attackers are increasingly gaining access to bank accounts with significant balances. Accounts with balances in excess of $100,000 are available. In 2011, those balances were typically less than $10,000, Dell SecureWorks said. CRN pulled together the most profitable data types and hacking services.

 
 
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