Here’s How Much Stolen Data is Sold For on the Dark Web

Malicious actors often look for ways to steal private financial information because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up helping them turn a profit when they sell this data to the highest bidder. Such data obviously can’t be sold through regular channels, so these malicious actors usually turn to the dark web where their illicit activities are harder to detect as well as investigate.

Criminals often use the dark web to obtain ill gotten private data which includes things like credit card details, bank account information and the like. One might assume that the going rate for this data would be quite high, but in spite of the fact that this is the case you can get the totality of an individual’s personal information for just over $1,100, or $1,115 to be precise. This data is so comprehensive that it can be used to forge fake identities under the victim’s name with all things having been considered and taken into account.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way it is important to note that there is a lot of variation with respect to how much credit card details are sold for on the dark web. Credit card details that have access to an account with up to $5,000 in them are sold for $120 which is a shockingly low sum given the potential profit they can help criminals bring in.

These credit cards are the most expensive ones that can be purchased on the dark web, and many card details can be purchased for just $10 as well such as log in details for a Walmart account which has credit card information in it. On the other hand, hacked Gmail account costs $65 on the dark web, while Facebook costs $45 and Instagram $40.

This just goes to show how widespread financial data theft has become. Malicious actors are able to profit even if they sell these details for deeply discounted prices, which indicates that they likely have lots of data that they can start spreading around. This does not bode well for the future of financial data security for the average user.

H/T: PrivacyAffairs.

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