Ever Wonder Exactly What is Sold and Traded on the Dark Web?
In its early days, the dark web was a place for secure communication that avoided government censorship and scrutiny. It was a haven for people in countries where journalists and political opponents had no voice. However, the dark web’s anonymity has also given rise to the now-massive cybercrime industry. Bad actors have grown a thriving trade in all kinds of illicit commodities and services, including hacking as well as buying and selling things like illegal drugs, weapons, passwords, data and stolen identities. This trade in information is dangerous for people and businesses.
Today, the dark web is the world’s third-largest economy, and unlike the economy in many places, it is not experiencing any downturn. In fact, it’s growing at an alarming rate. Cybersecurity Ventures predicted that the dark web would inflict about $6 trillion in damages worldwide in 2021, placing the dark web economy just behind the United States and China, the top two world economies. The same experts also see global cybercrime costs growing by 15 percent per year over the next five years, reaching USD 10.5 trillion annually by 2025, up from USD 3 trillion in 2015.
Famous writer Anne Bishop once said, “Everything has a price.” But how scary would it be to know that even our personal information is for sale on the dark web? The dark web has everything from social media credentials to credit card details. According to the Dark Web Price Index 2022, cybercriminals can acquire credit card details and online banking login information for as little as $50 from various dark web marketplaces, forums, and websites. The same research revealed that hackers on dark web forums sell a variety of stolen data, such as:
Credit card information for between $17-$120
Online banking account information for about $65
A hacked Facebook priced at $45
Cloned VISA with a PIN has a price tag of $20
Stolen PayPal account details with a minimum $1000 balance are sold at $20
A full range of documents and account details for identity theft can be obtained for $1,010
Scammers can buy all the necessary credit card details, such as CVV number, card number, and associated dates, enabling them to perpetrate digital fraud quickly and easily. With the rapid growth of the cryptocurrency market, many dark web forums also sell digital wallets of platforms such as LocalBitcoins and Coinbase for less than $250.
The sheer volume of data sales being transacted on the dark web is concerning, highlighting the importance of more innovative safeguards for online personal information and business data. That makes dark web monitoring a must-have. It is an essential part of any organization’s defensive strategy. Contact us at ITConnexx to talk about how you can guard yourself against Dark Web activity. Common types of credentials that can be monitored with ITConnexx as your partner include:
Privileged user credentials
Sensitive personal email addresses of executives
Privileged users’ email addresses