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Dark Web Economy: Data’s Value

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ByHarper Stewart

Sep 20, 2023
Dark Web Economy: Data's Value
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A terrifying bazaar of stolen data is available on the Dark Web, a secret area of the internet. You can purchase someone’s Google account, which opens the door to a plethora of other accounts, for just $50. When compared to a driver’s license, which can cost up to $150, HBO Max accounts that have been compromised are a deal at just a few bucks.

Specialized browsers and complex addresses are necessary in this covert cyberspace. Identity remains hidden and protected by strong encryption.

Officials destroyed the controversial Genesis Market, which was known for exchanging stolen user data, in 2023.

But what is the cost of your private information?

Dark Web Price Tags: What Criminal Offerings Cost and How to Stay Safe

Prices for illegal goods and services on the Dark Web range from $100 for credit card numbers with up to $5,000 in available balances to as little as $20 for cloned cards. Various fees are charged for online payment logins: $2,000 for Barclays, $500 for Chase, $200 for Citibank, and roughly $1,000 for Cashapp. Bulk discounts are typical, for as 50 PayPal accounts for $100. Various accounts have been compromised, including Gmail ($60), social media ($20), and LinkedIn ($frequently less than $5). For $2 for 1,000 phony followers, you can even buy thousands of them. Verified Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, and HBO Max accounts cost $300 whereas verified Airbnb accounts cost just $30.

There is a cost associated with cryptocurrency wallets: Price ranges for Robinhood, Crypto.com, and Coinbase are between $100 and $150. Additionally, email database listings are available, with up to 10 million emails going for little over $100. Price ranges for counterfeit papers range from $60 for a New York driver’s license to up to $3,000 for real EU passports. US State IDs cost about $200, while Green Cards cost less than $500. Depending on the intended functionality, different types of malware and harmful scripts might cost anything from a few hundred to several thousand dollars.

Unbeknownst to you, your personal information can be for sale in the remotest parts of the internet. Although websites provide email checks, navigating this digital labyrinth is difficult. Protect yourself by upgrading passwords often and using caution when browsing the internet since even minor errors on the Dark Web can have serious repercussions.

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Harper Stewart

With a deep understanding of the complexities of the Dark Web, Harper curates informative and thought-provoking content for our readers. Her knowledge of the hidden corners of the internet and cybersecurity helps shed light on the often mysterious and illicit activities that take place in this realm.