This Christmas Time the Bad Guys Will Be Shopping Too

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This Christmas Time the Bad Guys Will Be Shopping Too
« on: December 18, 2012, 08:41:29 AM »
Good info from our friends at Malwarebytes:

While most folks want a new gaming system, TV, or the latest computer gadget, there is another group of people that are looking for something quite different and definitely not your typical in-store purchase. I’m talking about those people buying stolen online  ”goods” ranging from credit card numbers and email accounts, to paid adult sites credentials.

This practice is of course illegal in many countries but everything comes down to benefits vs. risks. Given the low cost of acquisition of such stolen merchandise, the ease of access and relative anonymity of using those shady online retail stores as well as paying with e-money, you can see why black markets thrive. That is not to say it’s risk free. Law Enforcement Agencies (LEA) world wide are constantly monitoring criminal activities that go on, and from time to time will bust them in a big way-by either dismantling them or sending people to jail.

In this post, I will show you the types of stolen goods that can be found online, how much they cost and the two sides involved in the process: the sellers and the buyers.

Complete article with screenshots:

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