To many financially motivated cybercriminals, one of the most valuable commodities is data. But not all data is valued equally. They want data that is fresh, good quality and easily monetized. For credit cards and prepaid cards this translates into low balances and high credit limits or card values. For healthcare data it means health history that includes personally identifiable information.
And in the case of credentials, admin credentials are more valuable than user credentials, although we’ve seen email credentials for sale in various criminal online markets for use in spam and phishing campaigns. Intellectual property is also quite valuable – designs for the next sporting goods shoe, tablet PC or sports car hold tremendous value in certain circles.
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