For cybercriminals, the Dark Web grows more profitable every day. According to Armor, this is especially true for stolen credit card data, where prices have increased anywhere from 33% to 83% from 2015 to 2018 in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia.
Corey Milligan, senior security researcher with Armor's Threat Resistance Unit, says stolen credit card data has great value to cybercriminals because of the number of ways they can use it to commit fraud, for everything from purchasing high-end merchandise for resale to money laundering and funding other illicit activities.
But Brian Stack, vice president of engineering and Dark Web intelligence for Experian, says stolen credit card data is just the start. Cybercriminals, he says, are really after a victim’s full digital footprint.
There’s also a broader universe of stolen data and items available on the Dark Web that security pros need to defend against. That includes a developing dark market for cloned ATM cards, passports, and prescriptions and prescription labels – all of which have increased in importance over the past three years.