[dropcap size=small]A[/dropcap]merican computer technology company Dell’s SecureWorks arm has published the latest prices offered by hackers for their goods and services in the annual Underground Hacker Markets report. According to Dell, two intelligence analysts from their Cisco Intel Team discovered the information by following underground hacker forums and marketplaces globally to retrieve the information, and the list drawn up will surprise you.
US$1 = S$1.35
- Popular Russian email accounts: US$65 to $103
- Popular US email accounts(Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail): US$129
- Popular Ukrainian email accounts: US$129
- + IP Address of Computer User: Additional US$90
- US Visa/MasterCard: US$7
- Classic Visa/MasterCard with Track 1 and Track 2 data: US$15
- Premium Visa/MasterCard with Track 1 and Track 2 data: US$30
- Premium American Express Card: US$30
- Premium Discover Card: US$30
- 200,000 Points for US Airline: US$60
- 1,000,000 Points for Hotels: US$200
- Account with US$1,000: US$40
- Account with US$2,000: US$80
- Account with US$4,000 to $15,000: up to US$500
There is no guarantee of success when it comes to hacking, but that does not mean we should be complacent about our security. Dell’s report also recommended security tips to prevent hacks from occuring.
- Remove Local Administrator rights for users – attackers often take advantage of users that have elevated privileges.
- Back up all data (not only critical data), document and rehearse contingency plans.
- Install firewalls around your networks and web applications.
- Employ vulnerability scanning – active, continuous scanning of the system to look for vulnerabilities caused by software defects and misconfiguration
- Use encrypted email.
For the full report, visit SecureWorks’ page.
This post first appeared on technology lifestyle website Digital Trends.