Criminals flog Facebook & Twitter passwords

Reported by Dan Hyde – Click to see original report

“Online gangsters have started flogging Facebook and Twitter passwords to other criminals for as little as £20 on ‘factory outlets’ hubs.

Gangs using viruses to invade bank customer’s PCs and steal their log-in details are also scooping up social media passwords and email addresses.

With data piling up, the hackers have launched ‘factory outlets’ to profit from their surplus bounty.

Millions of sensitive personal details are being auctioned off in bulk to other cyber-criminals, Internet security firm Trusteer says.

Buyers are being charged $30 dollars for initial access to the factory outlet, and can then get a one-off instalment of all the data from a certain country, such as the U.S., UK and Germany.

The danger – apart from the obvious ability to wreak havoc – is that scammers can surreptitiously use Facebook and Twitter to trick their victims into downloading powerful viruses, then use to access online banking pages by stealth.”

How we can help

DataPatrol acts as your personal guard-dog online. It is always vigilant, continuously monitoring the web, social networks, public databases and the “dark web” on your behalf – to immediately detect the theft, loss or disclosure of your vital personal and financial information.

We recommend our customers enter their twitter ID and Facebook logins into their DataPatrol account so we can constantly monitor the data and notify you if your details are detected.

Our Advice

We recommend that you never click on suspicious links from emails or social networks. You should always confirm via another form of communication that the user is who you think they are.

We also suggest that to do not give bank details out over the Internet, whether it is by online chat, instant messenger or email. This includes emailing your account number and sort code to a friend, always remember that email is not completely secure, so try and split them up. As an example you could send the account number by Skype and the sort code by email.

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