1.5 million Facebook ID’s sold by Hacker

Posted: June 7, 2010 in Cyber Awareness, Higher School Certificate, Internet, Privacy, Web 2.0

I also came across this interesting article in my travels.

Via Thoughts of a Technocrat and  ComputerWorld.com

Russian Hacker Selling 1.5 Million Facebook IDs

A hacker named Kirllos has a rare deal for anyone who wants to spam, steal or scam on Facebook: an unprecedented number of user accounts offered at rock-bottom prices.

Researchers at VeriSign’s iDefense group recently spotted Kirllos selling Facebook user names and passwords in an underground hacker forum, but what really caught their attention was the volume of credentials he had for sale: 1.5 million accounts.

IDefense doesn’t know if Kirllos’ accounts are legitimate, and Facebook didn’t respond to messages Thursday seeking comment. If they are legitimate, he has the account information of about one in every 300 Facebook users. His asking price varies from $25 to $45 per 1,000 accounts, depending on the number of contacts each user has.

To date, Kirllos seems to have sold close to 700,000 accounts, according to VeriSign Director of Cyber Intelligence Rick Howard. Hackers have been selling stolen social-networking credentials for a while — VeriSign has seen a brisk trade in names and passwords for Russia’s VKontakte, for example. But now the trend is to go after global targets such as Facebook, Howard said.

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According to some Antichat.ru forum users, Kirllos was born in Russia, lives in New Zealand, is 24 years old and speaks both English and French.

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