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Business As Usual: 1.5 million Stolen Facebook Accounts For Sale

One Cyber-Crook Offers 1.5 million User Accounts.. Sold In Lots Of 1,000

1.5 million stolen Facebook accounts up for grabs (click to read)

Researchers at VeriSign’s iDefense have discovered a single hacker selling 1.5 million stolen Facebook account credentials on an underground market. The stolen credentials were put up for sale by a hacker with the handle “kirllos” who is believed to be from Eastern Europe. The hacker is selling batches of 1,000 accounts with 10 Facebook “friends” for $25 and 1,000 accounts with more than 10 “friends” for up to $45. It is estimated that 700,000 accounts have already been purchased. Compromised Facebook accounts can be used by cybercriminals to spread malware, send spam or attempt to defraud a user’s “friends.” – AM” cybercrime

Kind of glad I never went in for that “social networking”/self-marketing hype. And I sincerely hope, Dear Reader, yours was not one of “krillos'” victimized accounts.

Related:
* Global cybercrime treaty rejected at U.N. (click to read)

“Russia, China and a number of developing countries could not reach agreement with the United States, Canada, the U.K. and European Union.”

* Facebook Safety: A Primer

Hmmm… wonder why China and the Ex-Soviets don’t want to get onboard..?

Maybe it’s because: “The Internet’s “shadow economy” of cybercrime is worth over $105 billion per year. Online crime is bigger business than the global drugs trade¹. No country, no person, no business and no government is immune from CyberCrime.”

Today’s recommended reading: Your Computer Is Lying To You… The Epidemic Of Rogues

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[addenda: Regular readers may be getting a bit tired of my Internet security-related postings. I do understand. There’s been more of them lately. But, I ask you to ask yourself this question: what does that tell you? (about the Internet, I mean.) I hope you will conclude that you need to be proactive in protecting yourself (and being more paranoid) while online.]

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April 28, 2010 - Posted by | advice, computers, cyber crime, hackers, Internet, News, security, social networking, tech | , , , , , , , , , ,

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  1. RE: Global Cybercrime

    “the EU and U.S. position was that a new treaty on cybercrime was not needed since The Budapest Convention on Cyber Crime has already been in place for 10 years.

    The Budapest Convention sanctions police to cross national boundaries, without consent from local authorities, in order to access servers – with the caveat that the owners of the network systems give permission. Russia has opposed this measure since 2000 when police from the United States gained access to computers owned by Russian men accused of defrauding U.S. banks”

    Seems the countries most responsible for online fraud want to protect their upstanding citizens and keep the money flowing in.

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    Comment by Dave | April 29, 2010 | Reply

    • Dave,
      It’s not just that. Police operations are expensive. What would be the glory, or political gain, that would justify such a cost? A rounding up of spammers isn’t a sexy press release…
      The public (locally) has to demand it.

      But.. I might be reluctant to turn off a tap that was depositing billions too… right?

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      Comment by techpaul | April 29, 2010 | Reply


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