Criminals sell thousands of hacked Dutch accounts

Jul

20

2018

‘for webshops’
Criminals sell large numbers of Dutch accounts, making it possible to place orders with webshops such as Bol.com, Zalando and MediaMarkt. This is shown by research by RTL Nieuws.

For example , RTL managed to place orders for expensive products with the permission of the owners of ‘hacked accounts’, after which the invoice ended up with the owners and the products were actually delivered. This is because there is often the possibility to pay afterwards. RTL notes that only two of the three orders were examined at Wehkamp because the company’s fraud helpdesk contacted the account owner. The accounts would be sold for one euro each, whereby an additional fee of one euro is charged if the buyer also wants access to the corresponding e-mail account. According to the police, there are “hundreds of victims” of this type of fraud every year.

According to security researcher Rickey Gevers, it is a new phenomenon that specifically Dutch accounts are sold in this way, he says to RTL Nieuws. Criminals use login data from leaked databases and log in automatically on different sites. If the login succeeds, the relevant account will be resold. Orders with resold accounts would often take place late in the evening, because then the chance is smaller that the account owner sees the confirmation email and makes a cancellation. Webshops Bol.com, Wehkamp and Zalando tell RTL that they check orders.

Not only accounts from the aforementioned webshops are offered for sale, but also from Marktplaats, New York Pizza and Ziggo Sport. Gevers says that it is advisable not to use the same password for different services. One of the ways to do this easily is to use a password manager.

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