Stolen data isn't immune to the laws of supply and demand.
Intel Security's The Hidden Data Economy report found that the price of stolen credit card details, the most well-known type of stolen data which is bought and sold, varies depending on how it's packaged, priced as well as sold in the dark market.
A basic offering includes a software-generated, valid number that combines a primary account number (PAN), an expiration date, and a CVV2 number.
But prices rise when it incorporates more information which enables criminals to do more things with it. These add-ons are an account ID number, date of birth and “Fullzinfo” like a billing address, PIN number and a mother's maiden name.
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"Like any unregulated, efficient economy, the cybercrime ecosystem has quickly evolved to deliver many tools and services to anyone aspiring to criminal behavior,” said Raj Samani, chief technology officer for Intel Security Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said.
"This ‘cybercrime-as-a-service’ marketplace has been a primary driver for the explosion in the size, frequency, and severity of cyber attacks. The same can be said for the proliferation of business models established to sell stolen data and make cybercrime pay."
|Card number with security code||US||UK||Europe||Australia||Canada|
|Software-generated||$5 – $8||$20 – $25||$25 – $30||$21 – $25||$25 – $30|
|With bank ID number||$15||$25||$30||$25||$25|
|With date of birth||$15||$30||$35||$30||$30|