Personal Data Now Worth $1,000 on the Dark Web — Privacy Affairs

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Amid a rise in cybercrime and identity fraud, a new study from Privacy Affairs has discovered that the valuation for the average person’s data on the dark web is $1,010. This is according to the Privacy Affairs Dark Web Price Index 2023, an annually updated pricelist for items on the dark web.

The Dark Web Price Index lists more than just the average price for an individual’s data; it also includes the average rates for bank logins, crypto accounts, social media sites, online services, and forged or stolen documents.

The most expensive items on the dark web include premium quality malware ($4,500) and a forged physical Maltese passport ($4,000). Other high-ticket items include physical French and Netherlands passports, European driver’s licenses, and ING bank account logins.

Cloned/fake credit cards now widely available

Leaked/cloned credit card data remains highly in demand, with thousands of vendors offering them for sale. Cloned credit cards with an account balance of up to 5,000 sell for the highest price in this category, costing an average of $110. Bad actors also seem to love hacked accounts, as it’s the second most expensive, with a $75 price tag.

Other notable mentions include stolen banking logins, hacked TDBank accounts, hacked Canadian credit card details, and a cloned MasterCard credit card with its PIN.

Hacked crypto accounts on offer

The sad trend of crypto account hacks reflects on the Dark Web Price Index, with vendors selling more hacked accounts than ever. From hacked N26 accounts to verified Binance accounts, the options here are endless.

The costliest here is a verified German N26 verified account, going for $2,650 on average. Verified Wirex, Binance, and Kraken accounts also sell for handsome prices, with price tags of $2,300, $410, and $1,170, respectively.

The new prices for items on the dark web for 2023 saw a slight decrease year on year, primarily due to competition. With so many sellers and an increasingly smaller customer base, sellers are forced to knock down prices to attract new customers.

Also, it’s essential to note that patronizing vendors that sell items like these on the dark web is illegal and risky. There’s no assurance that you’ll get what you pay for, refunds are typically nonexistent, and attempting to purchase other leaked, forged, or cloned data is a criminal offense under most jurisdictions.

Author: Raji

Raji Ridwan is a tech blogger and freelance writer. He loves reading and drawing and plays football during his spare time.