Cybercriminals with bulk stolen data finding new ways to cash out

Cybercriminals that compromise companies and steal large amounts of consumer financial information are trying to find new avenues to cash out quickly.

Published Tue, Dec 16 2014 3:32 AM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:12 PM CST

Cybercriminals are compromising US consumers and business workers on a large scale, able to steal personal information and payment details in bulk. Home Depot was compromised and 56 million payment card numbers and 53 million email addresses were taken in a single breach alone, along with Target, Neiman Marcus, and a number of retailers also falling victim.

Cybercriminals with bulk stolen data finding new ways to cash out |

However, trying to make use of stolen information forces cybercriminals to act quickly - if 10,000 cards are compromised, only around 100 could cash out, with an estimated 10 cars actually working, according to Alex Holden, from Hold Security.

"Cybercriminals don't have enough resources to monetize stolen data in big volumes," said Andrew Komarov, IntelCrawler CEO, in a statement to PCWorld. "It really has a small margin, and it is pretty complicated to resell it in big amounts."

Due to the amount of records being stolen, cybercriminals are trying to find new ways to generate revenue while not having to rush to get the job done. One such tactic is to directly blackmail the victim, as the hackers already have payment information and email addresses. Another increasing strategy is to cash out stolen accounts by creating fake merchant accounts that can be used with payment processors - a tactic that works until banks and credit card companies are able to cancel the fraudulent activity.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog,, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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