Friday, October 06, 2006

TOPIC: CyberCrime By The Numbers:
Source: USAToday
  • $67.2 billion: FBI estimate of what U.S. businesses lose annually because of computer-related crimes.
  • $8 billion: Consumer Reports estimate of what U.S. consumers lost the past two years because of viruses, spyware and Internet scams.
  • 93.8 million: Privacy Rights Clearinghouse's count of personal records reported lost or stolen since February 2005.
  • 26,150: The Anti-Phishing Working Group's count of unique variations of phishing scams reported in August 2006.

Typical costs of goods and services in forums:

  • $1,000 to $5,000: Trojan program that can transfer funds between online accounts.
  • $500: Credit card number with PIN.
  • $80 to $300: Change of billing data, including account number, billing address, Social Security number, home address and birth date.
  • $150: Driver's license.
  • $150: Birth certificate.
  • $100: Social Security card.
  • $7 to $25: Credit card number with security code and expiration date.
  • $7: PayPal account log-on and password.
  • 4% to 8% of the deal price: Fee to have an escrow agent close a complex transaction.
  • Free: Access to a service that gives details of the issuing bank for any credit card number.

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