A cybersecurity expert describes the underground hacker network where stolen usernames and passwords are 'traded like Pokémon cards'

Business Insider | 10/5/2019 | Aaron Holmes
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Hackers use secret networks to aggregate and trade millions of stolen login credentials and passwords, according to a cybersecurity expert.

While high-profile data breaches make headlines, the real damage to individual users can be done in small increments in the months and years that follow using stolen login credentials.

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The practice of trading stolen passwords is only growing as aggregation software becomes more sophisticated and hacking becomes more profitable.

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If you're reading this, it's time to change all of your passwords.

That's because there's a good chance that your login information — or, at least, a past version of it — is circulating among secret networks where hackers trade stolen passwords or sell them for profit.

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These secret networks are only growing, according to Alex Heid, chief research and development officer at SecurityScorecard, a cybersecurity firm.

"Within the hacking underground community, credentials are bought, sold, and traded for free like Pokémon cards," Heid said. "There are dozens of different hacking forums that have terabytes of information going back 10-plus years."

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These forums primarily operate on the darkweb, a network of encrypted sites that don't show up in search algorithms. Login credentials and passwords that...
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