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Stolen credit card details posted to Internet forum

Research experts at FaceTime Security Labs have discovered a considerable collection of stolen credit card details posted on a “Warez Forum,” a discussion group frequented by hackers trading pirated media and video games.

Some of the exposed credit card details included PIN numbers as well as an email “receive address” indicating that information had been obtained directly from a back-end on-line payment system.

Further details about this incident can be found at www.blog.spywareguide.com (opens in new tab) and on researcher Chris Boyd’s personal blog at www.vitalsecurity.org (opens in new tab).

Boyd, senior director of malware research for FaceTime Security Labs, discovered that the credit card data had been published.

“The odd thing about it was that the person who posted the details didn’t really come across as a professional carder – more like someone who happened to stumble across a stockpile of sensitive information and was now trying to distribute it as quickly as he could,” said Chris Boyd.

“This is a case of stupid criminals at work. The poster happily included all of this information with a photograph of himself as well as his location listed under his forum avatar.”

FaceTime Security Labs researchers, including Boyd (aka Paperghost), are constantly searching for malware, botnets, spyware and incidents of hacking of social networking sites that can compromise personal as well company data.

While this research is conducted and used to protect FaceTime’s enterprise network security customers, occasionally the FSL team uncovers incidents – such as this one – that are more widespread and affect a wide variety of consumers.

“Everyone takes a security risk when they shop or hang out online, but we can reduce the risk with some common sense and specific moves,” said Boyd. “A company would never stop using email just because they get SPAM, but everyone needs to balance the benefits of the Web with ways to avoid the risks.”

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.