A criminal site known as BidenCash, which uses the president's name and likeness to trade in stolen data, has just leaked 2,165,700 credit and debit cards online.
In a brazen one-year celebration of its first anniversary of operating its illegal marketplace that trades in stolen data and financial credentials like credit cards, it advertised its massive leak on an underground cybercrime forum.
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The operators of BidenCash have caused significant harm to millions of victims whose personal and financial information has been compromised.
BidenCash apparently used the free stolen data dump to draw attention for marketing, even using an image of President Biden as its brand identity, as discovered by Cyble researchers who detected the data breach.
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These criminals released the details of 740,858 credit cards, 811,676 debit cards, and 293 charge cards. The data dump disaster includes some complete names, expiration dates, CCV and unique email addresses.
Cybercriminals will use this kind of rich data grab to target you with additional attacks. They use a term known as "Fullz" in underground online forums and dark web marketplaces, where cybercriminals buy and sell stolen personal information. "Fullz" refers to a set of complete and comprehensive personal information belonging to unsuspecting victims.
This information is typically used by cybercriminals for fraudulent activities, such as identity theft, credit card fraud, and other types of financial scams. "Fullz" typically includes:
Cybercriminals can use this information to impersonate you, open fraudulent accounts under your name and make unauthorized transactions.
An outfit known as D3Lab, whose objective is to look out for your security, was able to verify that approximately 30% of a random sample of stolen cards exposed by the crooks were valid, fresh, working credit card numbers.
These are not amateurs. While we have not yet understood how the BidenCash criminal site obtained this volume of active debit and credit cards, it is one of the most serious menacing underground data enterprises in the world.
While you are thinking these are probably already old numbers no longer active, a vast majority of this enormous database originates from American victims. If you have been affected by the breach, you must take immediate steps to protect yourself from the potential consequences of identity theft and fraud.
1. First, check your credit card activity. The best way to monitor your credit cards is by downloading your credit card company's app from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
2. Sign up for credit card alerts. A vast majority of bank and credit card apps offer notifications and alerts for questions about suspected fraud.
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3. Install strong antivirus protection. One way to dramatically cut down your exposure to online criminals is to use good antivirus protection across the board on all of your devices. This protection is best at rooting out attempts to penetrate your personal data and privacy, stopping criminal hackers in their tracks. I’ve broken down the top antivirus protection for Mac, PC, iOS and Android devices. Our #1 pick is TotalAV, which can protect you from phishing scams, ransomware, and many other malicious activities. Limited-time deal for CyberGuy readers: $19 your first year (80% off).
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4. Sign up for identity theft protection. Companies such as my #1 pick, Identity Guard, can monitor your Social Security number and alert you if it is being sold on the dark web or being used to open an account. They can also assist you in freezing your bank and credit card accounts to prevent further unauthorized use by criminals. The faster you know, the quicker you can shut down the damage.
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This latest breach serves as a stark reminder of the ongoing threat posed by cybercriminals and the importance of robust cybersecurity measures for you to put in place if you have not already done so.
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