What prices tell us about risk

Cybercriminal typing at computer

The Economist, reporting research by Symantec, has an interesting chart of the most common goods and services offered by cybercriminals.

You can use the prices on the right of the chart as a sort of risk indicator: if a criminal steals your bank account details, you can expect to lose the amount another criminal is willing to pay (plus the value of the second criminal’s time) to get those details. Keep in mind that these values represent the average (mean) amounts victims will lose and criminals will gain – in reality, some victims will lose a lot more and some a lot less.

Most interesting feature of the chart: email passwords sell for more than full identities. If you think your email password isn’t very valuable, you should know that cybercriminals think otherwise!

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