Hackers feeling the pinch as Sony raid sees stolen card info price drop

5 May 2011

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If you were one of the millions of victims of the massive Sony personal data hack recently, you might be pleased to know that you’re not the only group that is suffering – sellers of stolen credit card details are feeling the pinch as well.

Hackers who claim to have been behind the Sony attack have popped up on underground credit card forums, claiming to have 2.2 million credit card numbers that they are ready to sell. According to Kevin Stevens, who is a senior threat researcher at Trend Micro, stolen credit cards usually go for between $5 and $10, but this potentially massive influx of new cards could drive the going rate down to as little as $1 or $2 – grim news for your hard-working hacker with mouths to illegally feed.

The sale of stolen credit card info takes place (ironically) in highly secure forums, with administrators carefully vetting new posters before they are allowed access. Stolen cards are advertised, with the amount of information that comes with the cards listed. Potential buyers and sellers then negotiate and do their dirty deals in private, secure ICQ rooms.

So if you do find that your credit card info was nicked as part of the Sony hack, stop bleating and think about the poor bastards that are trying to make a living from flogging your info. These are trying times that we’re ALL living in.

[New York Times]

TOPICS:   Credit Cards   Technology   Scams

9 comments

  • Charlie
    Glad I didn't add my credit card to psn lol
  • dacouch
    $2million for a credit card seems to be an increase too me... could drive the going rate down to as little as $1 or $2m
  • Ali
    ICQ or IRC?
  • Andrew R.
    I think you mean IRC :)
  • Paul C.
    ICQ. There's a blast from the past. The grandfather of Messenger surely! I seem to recall a secure chat option on there too though.
  • Paul
    Isn't ICQ a chat client as well?
  • klingelton
    it was in 1972.
  • Dick
    An ICQ is a line of people waiting to pay for their frozen vol-au-vents, slowed down by Kerry Katona at the front of the line.
  • james D.
    Yes ICQ is a chat client but it seems much more likely that they would use IRC

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