Fraudsters on the dark web could buy your entire personal identity for just £820, according to the UK’s first Dark Web Market Price Index by Virtual Private Network (VPN) comparison service Top10VPN.com.
Top10VPN.com’s team of security experts reviewed tens of thousands of listings on three of the most popular dark web markets, Dream, Point and Wall Street Market.
The research found that while bank details will fetch in the vicinity of £168 and Paypal logins with a healthy credit balance around £280, many important personal details are changing hands at a much lower price point.
Dark web bidders can get hold of your passport details for as little as £40, while access to online shopping accounts such as Amazon and Tesco are rarely worth as much as a £5 lunchtime meal-deal.
Simon Migliano, head of research at Top10VPN.com, says: “Our research is a stark reminder of just how easy it is to get hold of personal info on the dark web and the sheer variety of routes that fraudsters can take to get hold of your money. This really underlines the importance of two-factor authentication and more generally, secure use of websites and apps.”