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How do hackers monetize lists of username/passwords?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by lionshades, Oct 28, 2012.

  1. lionshades

    lionshades Newbie

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    I see hackers paste these huge hacked username/password databases on sites like pastebin etc.

    I know this is highly illegal and would never risk doing something like this, but theoretically speaking, how can such database be monetized?

    Do they fake CPA submissions somehow? Or sell the db (useless if its published...?)
     
  2. Indiigo007

    Indiigo007 Junior Member

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    They use bots to send spam FROM the users account (from email/facebook/twitter...wherever the accounts are from).
     
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    dumdum4gumgum Power Member

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    Depending on the types of accounts they are sold
     
  4. skulquake

    skulquake Registered Member

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    Good question I've been curious myself.
     
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    Checkmate Elite Member

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    Indiigo007 is right.

    They would do the same thing as you would do if you where phishing accounts.
     
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    gossapril Junior Member

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    If they have emails and passwords, they'll use them to test login with paypal.
     
  7. pj413

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    Yeah, they'll often test your logins across different accounts. A lot of people have the same passwords on their email, Facebook, PayPal, online bank, etc. Hackers can use it to transfer money, figure out your social security number (which is worth money,) figure out your Amazon account to place orders, use email access to send trojans, etc.