A new comprehensive study shows how much hackers pay for Dark Web user data. To quote the researchers, “This is just the tip of the iceberg. There’s stuff we can’t even publish as it is so horrible”.
Hackers pay for Dark Web user data to implement Identity Theft, take over networks, plant malware and set up botnets. The 2022 Privacy Affairs report is an update of previous studies. It covers credit cards, payment processing services, social media, hacked services (like Uber), official documents, email databases, dormant malware installs, DDoS attacks, and Botnets, and so much more. For example, it lists that a NSW drivers licence forgery costs $150.
Bad news for 2022
Since GadgetGuy reported on this in 2021, there have been some key changes, and the news is not good:
Private data is getting cheaper
More items are available for buying
More dark web vendors have appeared
The Privacy Affairs Report shows that the number of items sold this past year is way up. This means that each of more than 9,000 active vendors selling fake IDs and credit cards are now reporting sales in the several thousands of transactions.
The volume of data has also increased over time. More bogus credit card data, personal information, and documents were sold in 2021 compared to 2020.
Lastly, the menu of products available to purchase on the Dark Web, adding items such as hacked cryptocurrency accounts and web services such as Uber logins.
Waht can you buy on the Dark Web?
There’s plenty of personal data and services available on the Dark Web. Below is the Privacy Affairs report, which includes the going rate and type of data or service. We’ve listed the basics, click here for the full report, which includes more about buying email databases dumps and Malware.
Avg. dark web Price (USD)
Credit Card Data
Credit card details, account balance up to 5,000
Credit card details, account balance up to 1,000
Stolen online banking logins, minimum 2,000 on account
Israel hacked credit card details with CVV
Hacked (Global) credit card details with CVV
Spain hacked credit card details with CVV
Cloned American Express with PIN
Canada hacked credit card details with CVV
Australia hacked credit card details w/ CVV
Cloned Mastercard with PIN
Cloned VISA with PIN
Stolen online banking logins, minimum 100 on account
Australia hacked credit card details with CVV
Walmart account with credit card attached
USA hacked credit card details with CVV
UK hacked credit card details with CVV
Payment processing services
PayPal transfer from stolen account, $1,000 – $3,000 balances
Stolen data is gold. And that data is freely and cheaply available on the Dark Web. It is a smorgasbord of how to rip people off.
Of course, much of the data has already been massaged into a master dark web profile on you that the super-organised cybercriminals use. The items in this article are the ‘dregs’ that can still yield pennies from heaven.
The reality is that ‘mug’ hackers rarely target specific people. With the sheer quantity of data available, they just need to play the numbers game – it only takes a tiny percentage of successful hits to make a decent living if you are in a third-world country.