10 accounts more valuable to cybercriminals than your credit card
Cyber criminals will do whatever they can to get their hands on your valuable personal data and information. Scamming users with fake ads and malicious emails, criminals use all kinds of methods to steal your money and identity.
But not all of your personal data has the same value. As with any traded product, the value fluctuates depending on what it is and the amount of information that comes with it.
Your credit card information ranks incredibly high on the list of “most wanted” of all cybercriminals. With it, they will be able to shop at a low price. This is not a situation you want to find yourself in. Believe it or not, there are worse things that can be stolen than your credit cards.
What is your information worth?
Personal information is the main currency that drives the Dark Web. Just like with money in real life, the more you have to offer, the more you can charge for it. Cybercriminals will visit many message boards or forums on the Dark Web to exchange or sell private information.
According to the latest Dark Web Price Index, published by Privacy Affairs, a cloned Mastercard credit card with a valid PIN sells for around $ 25. A cloned American Express card with a PIN code will earn an additional $ 10, while a VISA card is worth the same as a Mastercard.
Payment processing accounts make a little more money on the black market. Stolen PayPal account details with a minimum balance of $ 100 can be sold for $ 30. The price increases as more money is available in the account.
Where is the real valuable data?
But those prices are only half of what cybercriminals can get out of your data. The real value for any seasoned scammer lies in social media accounts. A hacked Facebook account can fetch around $ 65, while a hacked Gmail account is worth around $ 80 on the Dark Web.
10 of the most valuable online accounts for cybercriminals:
- A hacked Facebook account is worth $ 65
- An Instagram account is worth $ 45
- A hacked Twitter account is worth $ 35
- A hacked Gmail account is worth $ 80
- A stolen PayPal account with a minimum of $ 1,000 is worth $ 120
- US Verified LocalBitcoins Account Worth $ 350
- Blockchain.com Verified Account Worth $ 310
- Netflix account with a one-year subscription is worth $ 44
- Adobe Creative Cloud 1 year is worth $ 160
- An eBay account with a good reputation (over 1,000 reviews) is worth $ 1,000
There are several other big ticket items on the Dark Web Price Index. A fraudulent passport for the small country of Malta will cost $ 6,500, and a French or Polish passport is worth $ 4,000. Malware doesn’t come cheap either, as a premium DDOS attack costs $ 5,000.
What can you do about it
As the price index shows, it is important to keep your valuable data and your personal information private. Most social media services allow two-factor authentication (2FA), which makes it harder to hack your account.
Never log into your social media profiles on a public computer or public Wi-Fi network. It is not known what malware or keyloggers are lurking in the operating system. Once your social media profile has been breached, it’s almost impossible to go back.
To check if your data has ever been leaked to the Dark Web, visit the HaveIBeenPwned site try. The site scans exposed databases for your email address and passwords and will notify you in the event of a breach.
Add another layer of protection
Think about everything you need to protect. The products you are looking for, the medical conditions you are looking for, the people you are looking for on Google. Everything is compiled in your file.
A virtual private network, or VPN, sends your internet traffic through an encrypted tunnel, effectively blocking your identity. Without one, you’re transmitting a ton of information to the sites you browse and the apps you use, as well as your ISP, mobile operator, and anyone else snooping around.
A word of warning: some VPNs follow you or, worse, collect and sell your data like all the companies you try to avoid. Many cheap or free VPNs make money selling your data to advertising companies, so do your research. We recommend ExpressVPN, a sponsor of Kim’s National Radio Show.
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