Cryptocurrency accounts come with a premium as there has been an overall increase in the selling prices of hacked financial details on the dark web.
You might have often wondered how data stolen by hackers is sold online and how much it ultimately costs. There is a market at work for this on the dark web, a basement of the Internet where the rules of anonymity and access remain largely unobtainable. Data privacy and cybersecurity research firm Privacy Affairs released the latest Dark Web Price Index 2021. It shows how the average cost of stolen personal information has fluctuated from year to year. There’s a price tag attached to everything, including your stolen credit card details, digital payment accounts, cryptocurrency wallets, social media accounts, streaming services, fake passports, and powerful malware.
Financial details and payment tools remain popular. These include credit cards, digital payment services, and cryptocurrency accounts. The latter, in particular, has grown in popularity over the past year or so. Cloned credit cards make hackers around $ 25 ( ??1 883) by card. In this bucket, some hold a bounty. A Mastercard or Visa card with PIN access costs $ 25 each and American Express $ 35. Credit cards with an account balance of up to $ 1,000 earns up to $ 150. Those with a balance of up to $ 5,000 can get $ 240 on the dark web.
“Notable companies and organizations like NASA, McDonald’s, Microsoft, T-Mobile, Lockheed Martin, even cybersecurity firms FireEye and SolarWinds all suffered serious breaches in 2020 alone,” says security researcher Zachary Ignoffo in the report.
Privacy Affairs researchers compared the dark web market prices of these stolen details with those of last year. There has been an increase at all levels. The biggest was a price hike of $ 55 for stolen online banking connections with a minimum of $ 2,000 on the account. The price is now $ 120 each, up from $ 65 last year.
In the category of credit cards, prices vary depending on the country in which the card was issued. A hacked global credit will cost $ 35 while one issued in the UK $ 20. An Israeli credit card will cost $ 65. Stolen PayPal accounts cost between $ 14 and $ 340, depending on the balance.
Cryptocurrency accounts come with a premium. A hacked Coinbase verified account earns around $ 610. The values ââattached to Verified Kraken ($ 810), Verified Cex.io ($ 710) and Verified Crypto.com ($ 300) are significantly higher. Crypto accounts were not rated last year and were first included in the Dark Web Price Index.
Social media accounts bring in a significant amount of money on the dark web. A hacked Facebook account earns $ 65 while Instagram’s $ 45 and Twitter $ 35. A Gmail account linked to all Google services and attached payment methods also earns $ 80 each.
There has been a slight drop in the prices of hacked social media accounts compared to last year. A Facebook account, for example, now costs $ 10 less. The same goes for online subscriptions. Netflix (a one-year subscription) costs $ 44 while that of Adobe Creative Cloud $ 160. eBay, as a shopping platform, may not be very popular in India, but an account on the website with a good reputation earns up to $ 1000 each.
Some malicious products are selling for higher prices than in 2020. Android malware now costs $ 900 per 1,000 installs, up from $ 300 last year. High-end malware on a variety of computers, including Windows computers and smart devices, now costs $ 5,000. âFor 1,000 installations, hackers can steal tens of thousands of dollars,â says Ignoffo.
Popular methods of sneaking malware on systems remain bogus online casino pop-ups, social media networks, and websites that promise free software downloads.