How Much is Stolen Data Worth on the Dark Web?

About 90% of the internet is not indexed which means that it cannot be reached through traditional engines nor can you access it through regular browsers such as Safari or Google Chrome. This is what people refer to as the dark web, and there is no end to the suspicious activities that can occur in this low key region of the online realm. Users that want to get to the dark web need a special browser such as Tor that can also provide them with some anonymity.

Tor can encrypt the user’s digital footprint which leads to an increase in digital crime because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up allowing malicious actors to do whatever they like under the radar. Private and personal data that is stolen from users is usually sold in marketplaces that are located on the dark web, and you’d be surprised at how cheap this data can go for with all things having been considered and taken into account.

A report from privacy affairs revealed that most credit card information can be purchased for under a hundred dollars. With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that credit cards belonging to accounts that have a balance that can reach as high as $5,000 are for about $120 on average, which means that higher potential account deposits can make this information more valuable than might have been the case otherwise.

Global credit cards complete with their CVV are shockingly cheap, with the average going rate being around $15. That reveals just how easy these cards are to hack, and this allows malicious actors to sell them in bulk without taking any risk on themselves and instead pocketing the profits anonymously. PayPal log in details are also available for under $20, and that can result in a lot of people losing funds without prior warning.

A much more expensive product that people can buy on the dark web is so called premium malware. These forms of malware are highly advanced, and they can cost thousands of dollars for a basic package that will include around 1,000 installs.

Users need to be really careful with their private data to avoid it being sold on the dark web in such a manner. Using a VPN can be beneficial since it can create some barriers, as would opting for 2FA that can make passwords tougher to crack. Users should also consider investing in top of the line anti malware and anti virus software to keep malicious actors who want to steal their data at bay.

H/T: Visual Capitalist

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