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How much is your identity worth on the online black market? Not much! A tracking service has found that an identity, including a U.S. bank account, credit card, date of birth and government issued identification number, sells on underground economy servers for between $14 and $18 each. Symantec reported it has begun tracking the trade of stolen confidential information and captured data frequently sold on underground economy servers and has discovered a vibrant market for credit card details. The anti-virus software giant found that U.S.-based credit cards with a card verification number were available for between $1 and $6. Symantec also reported more than 6 million distinct bot-infected computers worldwide during the second half of 2006, representing a 29% increase from the previous period. The Company also noted that its detected a total of 166,248 unique phishing messages during the second half of 2006, an average of 904 per day, marking a 6% increase over the first six months of 2006. For more information: “http://www.symantec.com/threatreport/”:http://www.symantec.com/threatreport/

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