Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Attacks/Breaches

4/23/2010
10:54 AM
Connect Directly
Google+
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Cybercriminal Advertising: 1.5 Million Stolen Facebook Accounts For Sale

Going price starts at $25 for package of 1,000 accounts

Researchers at VeriSign's iDefense trolling an underground black market for stolen social networking credentials found one criminal selling a cache of 1.5 million stolen Facebook account credentials.

The seller, who goes by the handle "kirllos," is offering 1,000 Facebook accounts with 10 or less "friends" for $25, and 1,000 accounts with 10 or more "friends" for $45.

Rick Howard, director of cyber intelligence for iDefense, says the social networking booty from this one seller is the largest his firm has seen thus far. "It stood out because they were all in one place," he says.

The seller is likely an Eastern European hacker: "He's straying out of Eastern Europe and moving west a bit. They tend to sell [stolen] social networking credentials from their [region]," such as from VK's social network, which is popular in Russia, Belarus, and the Ukraine, he says.

Howard says the seller is likely offering both real and "shell" Facebook accounts, but iDefense has been unable to confirm the legitimacy of his stash. "So far no one is complaining in the forum that he's lying...If [he is], he would be shut out of the system," Howard says.

In a recent post, kirllos said he had sold half of the Facebook accounts. "We're not sure if that's true," Howard says.

Either way, the black market advertisement demonstrates the value of a legitimate Facebook account for cybercriminals to use for spamming purposes, building a botnet, or launching other attacks. The victim account-holders may never know their logins and passwords have been stolen, either, until they are abused, notes Howard.

Even shell social networking accounts that have no contacts or "friends" are useful to the bad guys, who use them to try to lure new friends in their quest to spread malware or spam.

Have a comment on this story? Please click "Discuss" below. If you'd like to contact Dark Reading's editors directly, send us a message. Kelly Jackson Higgins is the Executive Editor of Dark Reading. She is an award-winning veteran technology and business journalist with more than two decades of experience in reporting and editing for various publications, including Network Computing, Secure Enterprise ... View Full Bio

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
44% of Security Threats Start in the Cloud
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  2/19/2020
Zero-Factor Authentication: Owning Our Data
Nick Selby, Chief Security Officer at Paxos Trust Company,  2/19/2020
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon
Current Issue
6 Emerging Cyber Threats That Enterprises Face in 2020
This Tech Digest gives an in-depth look at six emerging cyber threats that enterprises could face in 2020. Download your copy today!
Flash Poll
How Enterprises Are Developing and Maintaining Secure Applications
How Enterprises Are Developing and Maintaining Secure Applications
The concept of application security is well known, but application security testing and remediation processes remain unbalanced. Most organizations are confident in their approach to AppSec, although others seem to have no approach at all. Read this report to find out more.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2020-9405
PUBLISHED: 2020-02-26
IBL Online Weather before 4.3.5a allows unauthenticated reflected XSS via the redirect page.
CVE-2020-9406
PUBLISHED: 2020-02-26
IBL Online Weather before 4.3.5a allows unauthenticated eval injection via the queryBCP method of the Auxiliary Service.
CVE-2020-9407
PUBLISHED: 2020-02-26
IBL Online Weather before 4.3.5a allows attackers to obtain sensitive information by reading the IWEBSERVICE_JSONRPC_COOKIE cookie.
CVE-2020-9398
PUBLISHED: 2020-02-25
ISPConfig before 3.1.15p3, when the undocumented reverse_proxy_panel_allowed=sites option is manually enabled, allows SQL Injection.
CVE-2015-5201
PUBLISHED: 2020-02-25
VDSM and libvirt in Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Hypervisor (aka RHEV-H) 7-7.x before 7-7.2-20151119.0 and 6-6.x before 6-6.7-20151117.0 as packaged in Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization before 3.5.6 when VSDM is run with -spice disable-ticketing and a VM is suspended and then restored, allows r...