The details of approximately 17 million CouchSurfers are being sold via Telegram and hacking forums. Although companies are doing their best to protect their data, this goes to show that cybercriminals will stop at nothing to make a profit off of a data breach.
The amount of damage that can be done with just a UserID, full name, email addresses and additional account information can lead up to steep financial woes that can be difficult to come out of.
The CouchSurfing data is currently being sold for $700, ZDNet has learned from a data broker, a person who buys and sells hacked data for profit on the hacking underground. The data broker, who requested anonymity for this article, was not able to identify the hacker but said the CouchSurfing data, which first appeared in private Telegram channels last week, has been advertised as being taken from CouchSurfing's servers earlier this month, in July 2020.