The trope about the most obvious place being the safest doesn’t apply for the internet. If you’re still using a predictable password or not allowing two-factor authentications when it’s an option, this eerie investigation might change your mind. For its 2021 Dark Web Price Index, cybersecurity research site Privacy Affairs dived into the underbelly of the internet to find out how much hackers are paying for compromised digital accounts, credit cards, and more these days. Considering that “much more” transactions related to stolen data have apparently been made on the Dark Web since last year, you should truly pay attention.
As of May 9, 2021, Dark Web buyers have been spending—on average—US$25 for cloned Mastercards or Visa cards with PIN, US$35 for cloned American Express credit cards with PIN, US$40 for online banking logins with a minimum of US$100, and US$120 for online banking logins carrying a minimum of US$2,000.
Hacked Instagram accounts are going for US$45 on average, while Facebook and Twitter accounts are being sold for US$65 and US$35 respectively.
Notably, hackers are paying more on average for Gmail accounts, at US$80 a pop. BGR’s Andy Meek ascribes this to the diversity of information available in email accounts, including login data for other sites.
If Adobe Creative Cloud is part of your daily rituals, remember to keep your account secure too. Apparently, hackers would pay about US$160 to gain access to one for a full year.
Also, you might want to think twice before sharing your Netflix access so liberally. Netflix accounts with one-year subscriptions are going for US$44 on the Dark Web. Here’s how to kick freeloaders out of your account.