A hacker that goes by the name of ShinyHunters has offered a massive 200 million stolen data records on sale on the dark web. The data is fresh to the market and, thus, quite valuable. Nobody had heard of ShinyHunters until his offer went viral. The hacker has, ever since, become a well-known data breach broker within weeks.
There is no solid evidence that suggests the exact amount that ShinyHunters has made from their hacking spree. It is, however, known that some of the breached databases were being offered on the dark web worth $100,000 each.
According to some reports, the going rate for a ShinyHunters database dump was between $1,500 and $2,500 on an average.
Even though many of these databases had encrypted and hashed passwords instead of plaintext, they still remain valuable. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that 'freshness' of data doesn't last long if the data is stolen. Perhaps this is why they are given away once they have 'expired'.
The data being offered by ShinyHunters is claimed to include real names, email and home addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, and even some valid credit card numbers.
According to a report by Bleeping Computer that asked the hacker the reason for giving the data away to the dark web hacker forum, the hacker responded with "I just thought: I've made enough money now, so I leaked for everyone's benefit."