Black market credit cards for sale
Credit card scammers on the dark web
Did you know that stolen credit cards have a market? The black market is a multibillion-dollar industry dedicated to buying and selling credit cards, causing your company to lose money. Since credit cards are the most common type of payment, hackers can steal this information at lightning speed.
The black market will continue to exist as long as eCommerce and online transactions exist. It is up to us to combat the hackers and put an end to the fraudulent activity. Holding chargebacks to a minimum helps companies avoid having their merchant accounts closed.
You’re in for a shock if you’re not aware of the black market for stolen credit cards. Fraudsters can buy stolen credit and debit card details for as little as $6.00 or less, and they can choose which part of the country or state they want it from. To steal data from the magnetic stripe on the back of credit and debit cards, thieves no longer need to skim or duplicate cards; instead, they use stolen cards to load up their online shopping carts and pay with unsuspecting consumers’ stolen information at checkout. This triggers a slew of problems, including a decrease in sales, a rise in chargebacks, customer conflicts, and the wasting of time and resources.
How the stolen credit card market works
According to security reporter Brian Krebs, “BriansClub,” an underground black market shop for purchasing stolen credit card info, has been hacked. The data stolen from BriansClub, which is ironically named after the security reporter and uses his likeness in its ads, contains over 26 million credit and debit card records stolen from hacked retailers over a four-year period, according to Krebs. According to Krebs, many of the card numbers are possibly still valid.
Krebs’ website, KrebsOnSecurity, was contacted by a source who posted a plain text file claiming to be a complete database of cards for sale on the BriansClub black market exchange, both currently and historically.
Krebs noted in his report that “all of the card data stolen from BriansClub was shared with several sources who work closely with financial institutions to recognize and track or reissue cards that turn up for sale in the cybercrime underground.”
BriansClub’s business has been stable since 2015, according to Krebs. In 2015, the store listed 1.7 million card records for sale, but each year after that, it added more. According to the Krebs study, BriansClub uploaded 2.89 million stolen cards in 2016, 4.9 million cards in 2017, and 9.2 million cards in 2018. Approximately 7.6 million cards were introduced to the marketplace between January and August of this year.
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Payment cards that have been cloned may be disastrous for victims, but for the cybercriminals who steal the information, individual card details aren’t worth anything more than the plastic they’re printed on. Threat actors are selling credit card details on dark web sites for as little as $15 per card, according to new research from the Armor Threat Resistance Unit (TRU).
From February to June 2019, the Armor analysis team spent five months scouring dark web markets and forums in both English and Russian to determine what services and products are available and how much they are worth.
Details of a Visa or Mastercard payment card issued in the EU or the United Kingdom will fetch anywhere between $15 and $30. This includes the CVV number on the card. Extra details, such as a cardholder’s date of birth or the card’s bank identification number, is available for a fee, but the highest recorded value of a debit card was still just over $100.
He also pointed out that the low cost of the cards, which has decreased since Armor last looked at the data, is possibly due to the abundance of ways for threat actors to access credit card information.
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When criminals gain access to your credit card details, they can do one of three things with it: 1) Sell it online; 2) Use it to make online purchases; or 3) Build a counterfeit card with your stolen credit card details. Whatever option they select, the end result would almost certainly be fraudulent purchases on your credit card bill. Here are a few of the most commonly flagged things to look for on your bill, all of which are on hackers’ and other criminals’ wish lists, and are listed in no specific order.
For credit card robbers, gift cards are extremely common. They’re anonymous and can be used in stores that accept them like cash. They’re nearly as good as getting cash, but without the ATM fees. Gift cards are available in stores and online. The thief will either use it or sell it online for a small profit.
For credit card fraudsters, online platforms are another high-ticket item.
Look for online music services as well as subscription services. People who trade with stolen credit cards often use virtual private network, or VPN, services. VPN services allow you to perform transactions anonymously by preventing merchants from seeing your real IP address, which is perfect for those involved with the criminal justice system.