Did You Know: Your Accounts Are Worth Much More Than Your Credit Cards?
Good news for those worried about their credit card numbers being stolen; cybercriminals don’t care that much about your credit card number anymore. Uber, PayPal and even Netflix accounts have become much more valuable to criminals, according to security company Trend Micro.
Stolen Uber account information on underground marketplaces sells for an average of $3.78 per account. Personally identifiable information (PII) goes for $1 to $3.30 on average, down from $4 per record in 2014. (PII includes any information that can be used to commit identity fraud, like Social Security numbers and dates of birth, and varies in price depending on the specific info for sale.)
Stolen Uber account credentials can either be used for identity theft, or used to charge phantom rides, setting up a fake driver account, and charging nonexistent rides to stolen accounts.
Average prices for other accounts: PayPal — with a guaranteed $500 balance — ($6.43).
Facebook ($3.02), Google Voice (97 cents) and Netflix (76 cents).
Bundles of U.S. issued credit card credentials average 22 cents each.