Flashpoint, a security intelligence firm has embarked on a comprehensive search on the dark web, assessing and analyzing the prices of cybercrime data of some of the major dark web websites. The Flashpoint report basically compared the prices of cybercrime tools in 2019 to the prices in 2017.
Some of these dark web markets include the prominent ones that were shut down in 2018 either through FBI intervention or exit scam. Since 2017, a survey on the dark web has been taken twice in a bid to present the emanation of newly advanced ransomware and other tools faced by institutions and individuals today.
The research placed a high priority on FULLZ (Full Package of Personally Identified Information), DDoS attack service, exploit kits, payment card information and a few other. The Flashpoint report admitted that there has been a rise in the price of some longstanding offerings used in fraud and cybercrime. However, the increase in price cannot be compared to the dramatic innovations of what has occurred in the world of cybercrime specifically in the area of target ransomware and SIM swapping.
The report further established that there is no known determinant of prices in the world of cybercrime since 2017, and the prices can record an unprecedented rise without any feasible explanation.
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As claimed by the Flashpoint report, the fluctuation in the price of cybercrime listings on the dark web and any future changes is a “wake up call” to individuals and institutions to be very cautious and rise to the occasion, as this generally means there is a development in the cybercrime landscape. The prices for the FULLZ was a little higher than the prices in 2017.
The FULLZ can be the full name of the victim, social security number, date of birth and many more. These are in high demand because criminals can use the stolen information to commit serious crimes. The prices range from $4 to $10 according to the new Flashpoint report.
It was also reported in the Flashpoint report that FULLZ that contains the financial information of the victims are more expensive than the normal ones since they can be used for more serious crimes than the FULLZ without this information. The price ranges from $30 to $65.
According to the Flashpoint report, some actors also organizes the FULLZ based on the credit score. FULLZ with higher credit scores were generally expensive compared with those with a lower score. It was stated that targeted financial institutions and organizations have high favour for FULLZ with higher scores, making actors peg its price around $40.
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The report further revealed that there was no definite pricing trend for DDoS for hire service. The prices depend on a number of factors such as bandwidth and duration. On the various dark web markets, the price for the DDOs Botnet generally ranges from $1 to $100. The maximum price range for the DDoS Botnet was far higher than the price in 2017, having recorded a maximum price of $27 in that year.
The Flashpoint report explained that the changes to the overall operating environment have contributed to the change in price on the various dark web markets.
The Flashpoint report also threw more light on the operation of exploit kits on the dark web. Exploit kit was some time ago one of the most dangerous tools used by criminals to launch a large scale attack from click-fraud attack to ransomware attack. However, the use has for some time reduced due to some major arrests. Exploit kits are capable of compromising a website, then exploiting the vulnerabilities in the browsers of website visitors to spread malware.
The Flashpoint report revealed that exploit kits are still rented out on the various dark web markets. According to the research, they are basically rented on a daily basis, weekly basis and monthly basis. It was stated that the pricing for the rents is determined by the functionality and the exclusivity of the kits. The prices have remained stagnant over the last two years according to the Flashpoint report with the average daily rental ranging from $80 to $100, weekly rental ranging from $590 to $700 and monthly rental ranging from $1400 to $2000. It was said that the reliability and the credibility of these kits have reduced drastically though they are available for rental service on cybercrime websites.
For payment card details, the Flashpoint report established that their prices mainly depends on a number of factors including the country of origin, expiry date, freshness or how recent it was sourced and many other. The moderate degree of confidence was said to be priced between $2 to $20.
Cybercrime is a growing concern especially with the many recorded cases and its related cost in the third quarter of 2019. This report reveals that the cybercrime environment is rapidly developing to bypass the current protections put in place by individuals and institutions, calling for an equal approach to match a future attack.
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