New research has discovered that information related to more than 80,000 credit cards from across the globe has been put up for sale on the dark web.
According to Cyble Research Team, a cybersecurity firm from Singapore the data for the credit cards comes from various countries, including the United States, France, and the United Kingdom. The information linked to these cards has been leaked for sale to malicious parties on the dark web. According to Cyble, the credit cards – including both VISA and MasterCard – information has been stolen from individuals from countries with the following split:
- 33,000 from USA
- 14,000 from France
- 5,000 from Australia
- 5,000 from UK
- 2,000 from Canada
- 1,300K from India and
- 1,200 from Singapore.
The credit card information, including the name and surname of the cardholder, CVV code and expiration date, is selling for $5,00 USD per card worth of cryptocurrency.
Cyber Security Is Critical In The Cryptocurrency Industry
Cyble stated that the data has been pulled through the security firm’s exposure to monitoring engines, holding over 40 billion dark web records. The firm did not confirm how the hackers stole the information but suggested that it might have come from a data breach of an online store or from a malicious phishing website.
Cyble further explained that reporting on this information is in a bid to promote cybersecurity and individual protection.
While the leak and sale of the data are for credit card information, the sales are still made to the hackers in cryptocurrency. In order to secure your online assets, whether card information or cryptocurrency, ensure you are protecting your server, VPN and browsing activity at all times – and especially when making electronic payments.
Owing to cryptocurrency’s untraceable nature, opportunities use the digital currency as a method to remain anonymous. Earlier this month, for example, it was reported that the data of over 129 million Russian car owners was for sale for Bitcoin.