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In The Dark: How Much Your Personal Data Costs
Stolen Personal Data sell on Dark Web

In The Dark: How Much Your Personal Data Costs 

Ever wondered how much your personal data could be sold for on the dark web?

recently published report from online privacy and cybersecurity resource VPNOverview seems to answer that question (and others) in depth.

Titled “In the Dark,” the report offers detailed price breakdowns of different kinds of stolen personal information, including financial accounts and cards, social media accounts, bank details, phone numbers, credit histories, passports, drivers licenses, and even access to breached databases. The report also mentions certain websites on the dark web that act as marketplaces for stolen personal information, such as Financial Oasis and PayPal Cent.

For personal information related to financial accounts and cards, the report offers a list of different kinds of example accounts and cards (PayPal, Cashapp, Amazon gift cards), pairs them with certain values (usually the current balances of these accounts) and then provides the price at which a hacker would sell this information. For example, personal information for a PayPal account valued at $12,000 would then be sold for $1,200. And surprisingly, bank cards valued within a range of $800 to$1,000 would only be sold for $79.

The report also notes how much it would cost to gain access to a person’s social media accounts, personal information (which apparently includes names, addresses, credit histories, and phone numbers), and bank details. To gain access to someone’s social media accounts, VPNOverview asserts that someone can purchase that access “for as cheap as $12.99.” A victim’s personal information can be sold at a price ranging from $40 to $200. And bank details have a price range of $50 to $200. And we haven’t gotten to the insane stuff yet.

VPNOverview’s report also includes price breakdowns for what appears to be forged passports, drivers licenses, and ID cards for 19 countries. The forged documents are a “combination of accurate personal information and a convincing forgery.” For example, according to the report, a forged U.S. passport would cost $777, and a passport plus a driver’s license would cost $888. Similarly, a U.S. passport and an ID card would also cost $888. But a combination of all three documents (a passport, ID card, and a driver’s license) would cost $999.

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