Good morning dear readers of Tecnogalaxy, today we will talk about the value of our data on the Darknet/DarkWeb.

In the past year well-known companies and organizations such as NASA, McDonald’s, Microsoft, T-Mobile, Lockheed Martin and even the cybersecurity companies fireeye and solarwinds have become victims of data breaches.

Darknet (also known as the Dark Web) is a hidden network whose connections are established only between trusted peers, sometimes referred to as “friends” using non-standard protocols and ports. An anonymous network is a system of connected virtual tunnels that provide encrypted data transmission.

Privacy experts have published another study on the dark web market that responds to the value of your personal information and why you should protect it.

What’s on the DarkWeb?

Your personal information, including name, email address, credit card numbers, online banking, can be purchased for a few dollars. But cryptographic accounts and EU passports cost from 400€ to 6500€.

Research has shown that the amount of data leaked on DarkWeb has increased significantly compared to previous years. Fake IDs and credit card numbers are especially popular. The number and variety of items to buy, such as hacked cryptocurrency accounts and web services, have increased.

The interesting thing is that DarkWeb sales start to head to traditional markets, offering to buy two cloned credit cards and get one for free. Sellers are also trying to reduce the likelihood of detection and monitoring by law enforcement. For this reason, they started rejecting Bitcoin (BTC) because it was “insecure”. Therefore, sellers require buyers to use Monero as payment and communicate only via PGP encryption.

Despite an increase in supply, the price of cloned credit cards and their data has increased in price compared to last year. This may be due to several factors: increased risk of obtaining information, increased customer benefit from information, better quality/accuracy of card data, or simply inflation.

Stolen credit card vendors typically offer an 80% guarantee, meaning that two out of ten cards are inaccurate or have a lower balance than stated.

  • A cloned Mastercard/visa with a PIN for 25€;
  • Credit card data balance up to 1,000€ for 150€;
  • Credit card data balance up to 5,000€ for 240€;

Crypto Account

Compromised cryptocurrency accounts are one of the most desirable items to buy. Due to the skyrocketing prices of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, hacked accounts can hold large amounts of money. And often these wallets are poorly protected.

  • Conto Coinbase verificato hackerato – 610€;
  • Account verificato – 300€;
  • Conto Binance verificato – 410€;

Social Media

Prices for compromised social media accounts are falling across all platforms. In addition, offers to hack specific accounts or sell them were relatively rare, but still found. The value of the purchased social activity (like, followers) has also decreased.

  • Account Facebook hackerato – 65€;
  • Account Instagram hackerato – 45€;
  • Casella Gmail violata – 80€;
  • Account Twitter hackerato – 35€;

Consideractions on the DarkWeb

We often read horror stories about unsuspecting victims losing their savings, but we are quite sure that this will never happen to us. There is nothing reliable: we are all already hacked by default, following the principle of zero trust. Therefore, anyone, at any time, can steal your data. The sad truth is that with the growing supply of personal information on DarkWeb, the likelihood and frequency of destructive attacks increases every day. But! You can make things very difficult for cybercriminals, thereby increasing their labor cost and decreasing their interest in your information.

How to protect yourself from data theft

  1. Avoid the public Wi-Fi

Avoid public or unsafe Wi-Fi connections. If you need to access an account on a network you don’t trust, like a bar, use a VPN to encrypt all connections.

  1. Use anti-malware software

Use an antivirus software like Kaspersky on your personal computer to scan for malware and make sure it is set for automatic update.

  1. Keep your account and password safe

Never reuse the same password for multiple accounts. This is the easiest way for a hacker to access your accounts. Also, delete the ones you no longer use. Old accounts can be compromised and used to reset passwords or similar attacks.

These rules may seem complicated and burdensome, but once you get used to them, they become natural and vital. In this way, you develop a “sense” of cybersecurity both in the digital space and in everyday life.

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