Identity theft on the dark web is pretty much a run of the mill business. As you may know, people access the dark web using special browsers such as Tor, 12p and Freenet. You could say they’re the equivalent of a ‘cloak of invisibility’.
When you get to the dark web, all the things you might want to get hold of and can’t do legally on the Internet are there. It’s a massive shopping mall for fraudsters, scammers and all manner of criminals, and amongst the drugs, counterfeit money and weapons for sale, you’ll find stolen financial and personal data.
You can get bank account information, stolen Social Security numbers, and if you’d like somebody else’s medical records they will cost you anywhere between $1–60. Why would anyone else want your medical records? Because they have a lot of information about you and can be used to establish a fake identity, get credit or create a fraudulent bill for medical procedures.
Here’s a list of prices from Experian and CNBC that shows just what your valuable personal information sells for. It’s surprising — shocking even!
Social Security number
Non-financial institution logins
Credit card + CVV number
Debit card with bank information
Payment services, such as PayPal
Although we are told to be careful with our passwords, there is an argument against changing them too frequently in order to prevent theft. Brian Stack, vice president of dark web intelligence at Experian, a credit-scoring company, says: “It turns out that changing passwords frequently can actually just give cyber criminals a glimpse at potential patterns in your passwords, allowing them to crack them more quickly.” And, do use two-factor authorisation whenever possible.