A new study reveals that criminals are selling hacked crypto accounts for as low as $85 on the darknet. Is cybersecurity a myth in 2023?
Privacy Affairs, the content creator and privacy information provider, has released a study of supply and prices on the darknet. The result of the research might make one bend toward the belief that online privacy is a myth in 2023.
Hacked Crypto Accounts Going Cheap
Cybercrime and crypto thefts have been growing rampant. Shockingly, hacked crypto accounts are available for as cheap as $85. According to Privacy Affairs, the following are the prices of crypto accounts from the largest of centralized exchanges:
- Blockchain.com verified account – $85
- Hacked Coinbase verified account – $250
- Crypto.com – $300
- Binance – $410
- Kraken- $1,170
Not just crypto accounts, hackers are selling credit card details with account balances of up to $5,000 for $110 on the darknet. Online bank account credentials with $2,000 balance are sold for just $60.
Facebook and Instagram login credentials cost around $25, while Gmail is worth $60. BeInCrypto recently reported how hackers are accessing the email credentials of anyone with att.net, sbcglobal.net, bellsouth.net, and other AT&T email addresses.
A user reportedly lost $134,000 to hacks from their Coinbase account because their email was compromised.
Coinbase account being sold for $120. Source: Privacy Affairs
Forged Documents on Darknet
Shockingly, Privacy Affairs claims that darknet hackers also commit identity theft with forged physical and scanned documents. Documents such as driver’s licenses and passports are on sale for as little as $150.
The founder of Privacy Affairs, Miklos Zoltan, told PR Newswire, “If someone gets their hands on your financial details or social media credentials, the prices mentioned above are basically what it’s worth to them. There’s a good chance that you value these things much more than they do, as to them, you’re just another mark for a quick buck.”
It is necessary to maintain some privacy measures, such as not using public WiFi, having two-factor authentications, and usage of anti-malware software. Users should also never share sensitive data over the phone.
“By adopting a few straightforward rules and habits, you can make it more difficult for hackers to access your data and remove yourself from their line of sight.
This not only helps protect your identity but also contributes to your overall cybersecurity in the digital age.”