The Market for Stolen Account Credentials

In my security webinars, I spend time upfront emphasizing the vast underlying business behind hacking. The objective in stressing this to users is so they can realize they aren’t dealing with individuals looking out to attack and exploit “them”, but to comprehend that ransomware and other malware attacks are huge businesses built at scale.

It’s basically the difference between defending yourself from a single home break-in, or defending yourself from the entire might of a nation-state military with its thousands of men, planes, tanks, etc, and the full ecosystem (Manufacturing, research, supporting systems) behind their declared war.

I am not exaggerating – much.

This article over at Kreb’s Security quantifies just a small attack that yields a couple of hundred thousand dollars in just a few months, just from selling account credentials.
So far this year, customers of this service have purchased more than 35,000 credentials he’s sold to this service, earning him more than $288,000 in just a few months.
Curious to know more?

The prices for individual credentials are set by value.

For example, credentials for Uber are $30 for each account.

You have a military-only account with NavyFederal.com? Each account there is for sell for $60 each.

But it is not just account credentials. Entire identities can range up to $150 each, depending on the individuals FICO score (let that sink in a moment). Oh, you can also by their credit reports while you’re there.

Read the Full Article here: >Krebs on Security

Foody Gifts for the Kitchen

You still have time to get your food geeks gifts for their kitchen. Serious Eats has a great list of gadgets.

I can vouch for sous vide cooking – especially a steak – and then using a torch for searing it after it is perfectly cooked. Fire in the kitchen is cool.

If you want to do it right AND healthy, go get yourself some grass-fed beef, free-range organic chicken or heritage pork from ButcherBox.

Mozilla Releases Firefox 57, AKA Quantum

Mozilla has a new version of Firefox called Quantum, or version 57. It is a near-total rewrite. Firefox had fallen behind in speed over the years, but many, many people still had a fondness for the open-source browser, even though it’s speed was much, uchslower than Chrome and Safari.

I’ve been teting the new version on Apple and Windows products, and am changing my default browser for a few days to get a real-world feel for how it works. So far, so good.

The Linux Gamer has a quick rundown on the practical reasons why he is blown away, and it is not all about speed or battery life specs:

Tesla Semi and One More Thing: A Maximum Plaid Roadster

Last night, Elon Musk unveiled the Tesla Semi, and One More Thing.

Oh, what a ride(s).

Musk spent the days before Twitter-teasing the event:

Tesla Semi Truck unveil to be webcast live on Thursday at 8pm! This will blow your mind clear out of your skull and into an alternate dimension. Just need to find my portal gun …

It can transform into a robot, fight aliens and make one hell of a latte

This appears to be a game-changer for what is widely believed to a resistant-to-change industry. However, WalMart and JB Hunt have announced plans to buy some of Tesla’s Semis, so there are some forward-thinking individuals in the industry.

Tesla Semi Basics:

  • 0-60, no trailer or empty trailer: 5 seconds
  • 0-60, 80,000 pound load: 20 seconds
  • 65mph on a 5% grade versus 45mph (earning 50% more per mile than a diesel truck
  • 500 mile range
  • Lower drag coefficient than a Bugatti Chiron (.36 versus .38)
  • Completely flat bottom
  • 4 independent motors on rear wheels
  • No gear changing (no gears to change!)
  • Center seating for complete visibility
  • 400 miles of range in 30 minutes
  • Charge at Origin or Destination
  • Guaranteed $.07 electricity rate to refuel
  • Megachargers worldwide
  • Safety for everyone: (Enhanced Autopilot, Automatic Lane Keeping, Forward Collision Warning)
  • Jack-knifes are totally eliminated
  • 1,000,000 mile warranty against breakdown
  • Brakepads last forever.
  • Thermonuclear explosion-proof glass (apparently glass-breakage is a major downtime for semi rigs)
  • Phone app provides service, diagnostics, predictive maintenance notifications, comm. with dispatch

It turns out these is some cargo in the truck…

Internal Combustion Engine: Ask not for whom the bell tolls – it tolls for thee.

Cummins stock is down 5% today.

More to come, especially on the New Tom Kirkham Show tomorrow at 10am Central.

More coverage from Vox.

More coverage from The Verge.

@Elon – why wasn’t I invited?

Humanlike AI robot ‘Sophia’ Creepy; Shades Elon Musk

This is remarkable. Both of these videos are liekly staged, especially the second one, but if she is near this level of interaction in real-life, we are looking at a much better version of The Jetsons’ “Rosie”

“I want to live and work with humans so I need to express the emotions to understand humans and build trust with people,”

H/T to Teslerati for catching this.