5 mn have their data sold on bot markets: NordVPN

Around five million people globally have had their data stolen and sold on the bot market till date, of which 600,000 are from India, according to VPN service provider NordVPN.
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The stolen data included user logins, cookies, digital fingerprints, screenshots and other information, with the average price for the digital identity of a person pegged at 490 Indian rupees ($5.95).

NordVPN tracked data for the past four years, ever since bot markets were launched in 2018.

NordVPN’s study looked into three major bot markets – the Genesis market, the Russian Market, and 2Easy – and found stolen logins including those from Google, Microsoft and Facebook accounts.

Stolen logins found on bot markets 

Google
720,676
Microsoft
654,444
Facebook
647,574
Amazon
226,264
Netflix
223,173
PayPal
201,649
Instagram
196,904
Steam
180,581
Ebay
123,955
EA Network
115,807
Roblox
112,050
LinkedIn
108,789
Yahoo
105,944
Dropbox
105,918
Ali Express
100,690
Twitch
93,678
Apple Store
90,068
Twitter
89,469
Sony Entertainment
89,421
Spotify
75,941
Riot Games
75,242
Epic Games
72,673
MEGAnz
61,150

“What makes bot markets different from other dark web markets is that they are able to get large amounts of data about one person in one place,” said Marijus Briedis, chief technology officer at NordVPN.

“And after the bot is sold, they guarantee the buyer that the victim’s information will be updated as long as their device is infected by the bot.”

Researchers of NordVPN found 667 million cookies, 81,000 digital fingerprints, 538,000 auto-fill forms, numerous device screenshots, and webcam snaps in their study.