The National Counterintelligence and Security Center provides effective leadership and support to the counterintelligence and security activities of the US Intelligence Community, the US Government, and US private sector entities who are at risk of intelligence collection or attack by foreign adversaries.
The information many Americans have come to view as sacred, private components of their personal and financial security is increasingly available to criminals and U.S. adversaries on the thriving underground black market. Criminals most commonly obtain personal information through cyber intrusions and technical compromise.
To the right is the current price list* for obtaining specific elements of your personal information on the black market. Your social security number, at $3, is less expensive than a McDonalds Happy Meal. That's a decline for cyber criminals, as last year the average cost of obtaining a U.S. Social Security Number was $5.
* Prices reflect the latest sample quotes according to, RSA, a security firm. Black market prices were originally published in the June 2011 issue of Consumer Reports.