Cybercriminals could buy your “entire” online identity for just £820 on the dark web, according to new research.
Scammers are using underground marketplaces to buy and sell people’s personal details, from credit card information to Deliveroo and Netflix logins.
Top10VPN reviewed “all fraud-related listings” on Dream, Point and Wall Street Market − three dark web marketplaces − from 5-11 February, focusing on listings featuring stolen IDs, hacked accounts and other personal info relevant to the UK, to create the Dark Web Market Price Index.
Unsurprisingly, it found that credit card details are the most valuable pieces of stolen data available, typically fetching around 10% of the available credit balance. PayPal logins are also highly coveted, selling for an average of £279.74.
Some credit card listings even include additional identifying information, such as names, addresses, national insurance numbers and dates of birth.
Online banking details are being sold for an average of £167.81, with ID cards and passports fetching £46.14 and £39.76, respectively.
eBay logins are also popular, selling for an average of £26.20, as criminals can use them to not only trick people into paying for fake listings, but also buy expensive items using the account owner’s funds, which they can then sell on.
Other personal details, such as social media logins, email addresses and entertainment, dating and travel accounts aren’t quite as in demand, but they’re tantalisingly cheap, with Gmail accounts available for £0.75 and Instagram logins up for grabs for £0.92.
“We focused on listings featuring stolen ID, hacked accounts and personal info relevant to the UK to create the Dark Web Market Price Index,” wrote Top10VPN editor-in-chief Simon Migliano.
“We calculated average sale prices for each items and were shocked to see that £820 is all it would cost to buy up someone’s entire identity if they were to have all the listed items.”
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