Sep 25 2009   2:28PM GMT

Downtime’s black market value

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Downtime is indebted to Trust’s blog which alerted him to the new Norton calculator. This works out what one’s personal information is worth to cybercriminals. Having answered the questions, mostly kindly pre-filled in by Norton, Downtime was delighted to discover that his net asset worth was so low as to encourage cybercriminals to send him money, rather that do business as usual.
However, pushing up his cash and near cash (pension fund, ISA, etc) value to a mere $150,000, Downtime’s details were suddenly worth $1165 to the bad guys. On a good day. Soberingly, Norton noted that at auction, such details were likely to start at the princely sum of $20.55.

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