What’s It Worth To A Hacker?

What’s in a name? What about your medical record? To a cyber thief, a lot. Quite frankly, it’s their business.

What do we mean by that?

Hackers aren’t trying to get into your networks just to prove they can. It’s their job. It’s how they make a living. And it’s organized crime happening all over the world.

As strange as it is to think about, many hackers clock in for their shift and work nine to five jobs, just like most of us. Cyber experts have even noted the days and time of attacks and proven this to be true. Attacks are most often during the business day and rarely on weekends. Don’t believe us?

See for yourself: https://hackerslist.com.

Beneath the cyber world most of us know and use daily, lies a community tucked down deep in a dark place called the Black Market where cyber thieves go to both buy and sell data and exploit unsuspecting web users. This data can include your social security number, your medical record, your bank account info and other valuable information.

The surprising fact? Several of these pieces of personal information sell for less than a cup of Starbucks coffee.

  • Social security number: $1
  • Medical record: $50 and up
  • Bank account info: $1,000 and up depending on the account type and balance
  • Spam: $50 for 500,000 email addresses
  • Commercial malware development: $2,500
  • DDOS as a service: $7 per hour
  • Credit card data: $0.25-$60
  • Mobile malware: $150
  • Exploits: $1,000 to $300,000
  • Facebook account with 15 friends: $1

In countries such as China where jobs are not as readily available to accommodate the number of young people entering the work force, professional hacking is a legitimate business. Have a business that employs 1,000 people? Hacking into that network and getting their social security numbers is worth $1,000 alone. Get inside a healthcare network, like the Anthem breach, and the value of medical records can add up to tens of thousands of dollars.

Attacks typically go unsuspected for approximately 200 days. By the time the user realizes they have been attacked, the damage is done. The good news is that there are measures you can take to keep your personal and business information safe.

To read more and stay safe, check out some of the Sera-Brynn cyber education headlines:

“Cyber Tips For Students Heading Off To College”

“Why Reward Programs Aren’t Worth The Risk”

“Cyber Security Tips For Small Businesses”

“Sera Brynn Speaking on Healthcare and Cybersecurity”