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.
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:
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,”