[ISN] Hackonomics

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2008 03:07:13 -0600 (CST)

By Taylor Buley 

BURLINGAME, CALIF. - Your personal identity isn't worth quite as much as 
it used to be--at least to thieves willing to swipe it.

According to experts who monitor such markets, the value of stolen 
credit card data may range from $3 to as little as 40 cents. That's down 
tenfold from a decade ago--even though the cost to an individual who has 
a credit card stolen can soar into the hundreds of dollars.

The black market for personal data is even less transparent the market 
for derivatives and other unregulated financial instruments, but it 
works like any other market: When the supply of goods is plentiful, 
prices start to sink.

And in spite of authorities' efforts to take down the markets that serve 
as clearing houses for other people's financial data, the black market 
in personal identity is flush with product.


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