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Here's How Much Your Info Is Worth on the Dark Web

Spoiler alert... not that much.
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We thought the future would give us a perfect and evolved world with flying cars and other automation possibilities. Instead, what we got was semi-cool technology and more risks than ever, thanks to cyber cyberattacks and data breaches. Not fun.

To make matters worse, our personal information is being sold on the dark web exactly like meat in a wet market. Not nice. The research arm of cybersecurity firm NordVPN, Privacy Affairs, reveals just how crazy it all is with its Dark Web Price Index.

We hate to break it you, but you're incredibly cheap. Don't feel too bad, though, because we're all pretty cheap. The going price for the average person's private information on the dark web is $1,010 (approximately P49,000). It's still a lot of money for sure, but we're talking about your identity here. Check out the breakdown below.

Stolen online banking logins, mininum $100 on account $40
U.S. driving license, high quality $400
Hacked Facebook account $45
Stolen credit card details $25
Europe national ID card, high-quality $500
Total $1,010


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Just how rampant are the selling of credit card details, online banking logins, and social media credentials on the dark web these days? We can't tell. But, the many cyber attacks big companies and organizations have had recently says there's definitely a lot of demand.

"There is much more volume being sold now compared to last year, with fake ID and credit card vendors reporting sales in the several thousands," said Privacy Affairs' Zachary Ignoffo. "Not only quantity, but the variety of items to purchase has grown as well, such as hacked crypto accounts and web services like Uber accounts."

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As always, stay alert. Oh, and don't forget to use strong passwords for each account and device.

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Paolo Chua
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