Yesterday we released our first detailed Report on the Underground Economy. The report details an online underground economy that has evolved into a global marketplace in which stolen goods and fraud-related services are regularly bought and sold, and where the estimated value of goods offered by individual traders is measured in millions of dollars.
The report is derived from data gathered by Symantec’s security Technology and Response (STAR) organization, from underground economy servers between July 1, 2007 and June 30, 2008.
Highlights of the report include:
* the potential value of total advertised goods observed by Symantec was more than $276 million for the reporting period
* credit card information is the most advertised category of goods and services on the underground economy, accounting for 31
* percent of the total...