It seems that business is apparently booming for hackers who deal with a certain type of digital product: identity theft. Buying someone’s identity off the internet is now cheaper than ever.
Dell SecureWorks revealed that the cost of buying someone’s digital identity is cheaper than ever, though other goods are more expensive. In the latter category, you’ll find actual passports, frequent flier miles, bank account credentials, social media accounts and other types of private information.
An electronic passport scan costs just $25. Stolen credit cards are even cheaper at $15 a pop.
packages that include some or full financial information such as: name, address, credit card information, social security number, date of birth. cost $15 while stealing personally identity information cost just $20. These is a very high change in price between 2013 and 2014, as you can see in the below table.
All these digital information can be found and bought online on the Dark Web, which is an area of the internet most people will likely never visit. Surprisingly, purchases often come with impressive customer service including round-the-clock support.
If you’d like to learn how to pull off data heists yourself, that’s also available for purchase, as you’ll find various types of products and tutorials that can help you out.
The report goes on to reveal that ATM skimmers that capture the magnetic stripe data on the back of debit and credit cards cost $1,775 online – and they’re a big hit.
Tell me what you think and have you ever visited the dark web