With the holiday shopping season in full swing, shoppers have been busily snagging bargains across the Web and in stores. For $500, you can purchase a 40-inch Samsung LCD television that usually retails for $850 at Sears. The same $500 could buy you a wealthy individual's banking login details on the black market.
In the dark corners of the Internet, fraudsters freely buy and sell this sort of info; in many cases, the prices are startlingly low. Information security firm RSA recently took a stroll through the underground market for personal details. On the low end, they found CVV2 data sets - which include a 16-digit credit card number, the card's special security code, billing address, expiration date and name--selling for as little as $1.50. On the high end, they discovered bank account logins selling for as much as $1,000. MORE