A recently released report from Armor Threat Resistance Unit (ATRU)
, The Black Market Reports
digs into the dark web and reveals just how much stolen information is sold for.
The report confirms BullGuard research in which we discovered PayPal accounts, credit cards, and passport and driving licence details all for sale at varying prices.
ATRU identified the following sale details for US credit cards:
- Cards with an advertised $5,000 limit were being offered sold for $450
- A card with a $10,000 limit was on sale for $800.
- Another card with a limit of $15,000 was offered for $1,000.
Access to bank accounts was also identified as a thriving underground business:
- Accounts from Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo are on offer for around $3,000
- Bank login information for accounts belonging to the same banks with balances of up to $15,000 is being sold for between $200 and $1,000.
In the UK details required to access Lloyds Bank accounts with balances of roughly £5000 are on sale for up to £400 each.
ARTU found that one seller was offering a verified PayPal account with a balance of $3,000 for $200.
The account and card holders have no idea that their information is for sale.
Personal information for sale
Counterfeit documents, stolen IDs and full identity papers are all for sale on the dark web. For instance US green cards, driving licenses, country visas, and insurance documents are all available for around $2,000.
One seller is offering social security numbers, addresses, dates of birth, and less sensitive information such as education and telephone numbers all for a mere $40.
Social media accounts are valuable
Social media accounts are also valuable. This is hardly surprising. Information that is shared on social media accounts can be used in online identity theft, for malware distribution and also phishing campaigns.
- 1,000 Instagram accounts are on sale for $15
- 10,000 are offered for $60
- One individual is offering a hacking service for Facebook, Netflix, and Twitter for $12.99.
The prices for financial, personal and social media data might seem relatively low. However, this just reflects how much stolen data is available for sale on the dark web.
Whenever you hear of a large hack, for instance millions of users details stolen, the information invariably ends-up on the dark web. And these hacks happen frequently. As a result, the cyber underground is literally awash with this information, hence the relatively low prices.
And it’s not only US-based information for sale. There is plenty of financial, personal and social media data from Europe, South America and other global regions.
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