$1,000 - To demonstrate how cheaply malware can be bought by fraudsters, look no further than the case of Aleksandr Panin, who was recently convicted of developing the SpyEye malware. Prosecutors said that Panin sold his malware online for as low as $1,000, and that at least 150 hackers bought SpyEye between 2009 and 2011. One of those hackers reportedly stole more than $3.2 million in six months with the virus. Overall the malware infected more 1.4 million computers worldwide.
$15-20 - The going rate for stolen credit card information is $15-20, but those prices could drop as a result of all of the stolen card information that will hit the market as a result of the Target breach, according to a Carnegie Mellon researcher.
Jonathan Camhi has been an associate editor with Bank Systems & Technology since 2012. He previously worked as a freelance journalist in New York City covering politics, health and immigration, and has a master's degree from the City University of New York's Graduate School ... View Full Bio