According to Hold Security, a cybersecurity firm, 272.3 million Google, Yahoo, Mail.ru and Microsoft email account credentials are being sold on a dark web hacking forum by a Russian hacker. This number seems to be huge, however, there is an even larger cache of account details only a few know about, which number goes beyond 1.17 billion records.
Hold Security has already uncovered several breaches at companies, such as Adobe Systems, Target, JPMorgan. After speaking with the unknown Russian hacker on a social media platform, the firm found out that he is sitting on 1.17 billion records. He has so many email accounts that he is selling each for 50 Rubles (worth around $0.76). The researchers made this statement in their blog post:
“50 Rubles is what the hacker wants for this incredibly large set of data. He can’t be serious; based on today’s exchange rate it is less than one US dollar. This greatly impacts the data’s credibility and value, similar to an expensive sports car being sold for pennies at auction. ‘I am just getting rid of it but I won’t do it for free,’ he replies. In all reality, 50 rubles is next to nothing, but we