Facebook profiles sell for less than a pound

Trend Micro updates on the latest prices for compromised data, as cybercriminals look to do some decent Christmas business.

Facebook profiles are being sold on the "online black market" for 89p, according to Trend Micro research.

Other deals online thieves are making include 35 for stolen bank details, 25 for stolen credit card details, and a pop-up Trojan used unseen on a computer to steal information for 60.

Spamming was still popular and incredibly cheap, with 30,000 UK based email addresses for 5, and one million international email addresses for 4.

Trend Micro noted that cyber attacks increased by 500 per cent in the shopping period between September and December in 2007, and expected that figure to rise by even more this year, as the barriers to becoming an online thief lower and the economic climate takes its toll.

Rik Ferguson of Trend Micro said that users were giving a huge amount of information away on social networks, with criminals drawn to these sites as they had email addresses, names and birthdays readily available.

He said: "Whether you're going online to use Facebook, doing your banking or Christmas shopping you should be aware that hacking activity and identity theft tend to increase during certain times of the year.

"As we approach Christmas we urge users to apply a certain sense of caution when it comes to the sites they visit and giving away personal information."

His tips for users to stay safe were to look for the padlock on browsers, vary passwords, use social networking sites carefully, clean your machine regularly and to use protective software.

Featured Resources

Five lessons learned from the pivot to a distributed workforce

Delivering continuity and scale with a remote work strategy

Download now

Connected experiences in a digital transformation

Enable businesses to meet the demands of the future

Download now

Simplify to secure

Reduce complexity by integrating your security ecosystem

Download now

Enhance the safety and security of your people, assets and operations

Enable a true vision of security with an engineered solution based on hyperconverged and storage platforms

Download now

Recommended

'Largest ever' Magecart hack compromises 2,000 online stores
hacking

'Largest ever' Magecart hack compromises 2,000 online stores

15 Sep 2020
Facebook Campus allows students to connect with classmates
social media

Facebook Campus allows students to connect with classmates

11 Sep 2020
Facebook Oversight Board: Excessive social media regulations could impact freedom of speech
social media

Facebook Oversight Board: Excessive social media regulations could impact freedom of speech

4 Sep 2020
Apple delays iOS 14 privacy changes after Facebook pressure
privacy

Apple delays iOS 14 privacy changes after Facebook pressure

4 Sep 2020

Most Popular

Accenture ploughs $3 billion into cloud migration support group
digital transformation

Accenture ploughs $3 billion into cloud migration support group

17 Sep 2020
Google Pixel 4a review: A picture-perfect package
Google Android

Google Pixel 4a review: A picture-perfect package

18 Sep 2020
16 ways to speed up your laptop
Laptops

16 ways to speed up your laptop

16 Sep 2020