#CyberFLASH: Over 70,000 Canadian credit cards suddenly on sale on dark web


Some Canadian organizations like to think they’re safer from cyber attack because of the relatively few publicly-reported data breaches here.

It’s true there are fewer breaches reported in this country. And international figures show reported malware attacks here are lower than in the U.S. But that doesn’t mean they don’t happen. It’s just that they don’t get reported.

For example, at this week’s SecTor security conference in Toronto a Telus Security Solutions consultant said early this year a batch of over 70,000 Canadian credit card numbers popped up for sale on the darknet.

So far no organization has announced a theft.

Milind Bhargava made the revelation as part of a presentation he and another Telus security investigator did on how much personal information on Canadians was available on the darknet.

His division regularly monitors credit card sales sites for corporate customers, he said. It’s not hard to identify Canadian credit and debit cards – the first six digits of every card identifies the bank and type of card.

In the early months of this year ”suddenly we saw 70,000-plus cards from the same province,” he said. “Multiple banks, but all from the same province. We have never seen so many from the same province.” He wouldn’t identify the province or the ).

The card data, with expiry dates ranging from this year to 2020, were being sold for between forty cents and $3 each.

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