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Here’s how much you’re worth on the dark web – it’s probably less than you think

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How much do you think you’re worth?

When it comes to stolen credit and debit card data, you may be worth less than you think.  A new report released by Intel Security suggests that the cost of a full package, including every detail about the card and its owner can go for as little as $40 on average on the dark web.

Generally, information that is sold includes credit and debit card numbers as well as bank account, online payment service, loyalty program logins, but can in some cases include what is known as “Fullzinfo,” which are personal details on a card’s owner.

Furthermore, prices vary between jurisdictions, with the U.S. ranking the lowest at between $5 to $30 per bundle, followed by the UK, Canada, Australia, and finally the European Union, where each goes for between $25 to $45.

But services do not stop there.

Hackers also offer stealth bank transfer services, premium content service login credentials, enterprise network login credentials, hospitality loyalty account login credentials, and online auction account login credentials, all at a fee of course.

“Like any unregulated, efficient economy, the cybercrime ecosystem has quickly evolved to deliver many tools and services to anyone aspiring to criminal behaviour,” Raj Samani, CTO for Intel Security EMEA in a statement. “This ‘cybercrime-as-a-service’ marketplace has been a primary driver for the explosion in the size, frequency, and severity of cyber attacks. The same can be said for the proliferation of business models established to sell stolen data and make cybercrime pay.”

Many prices, including that of transferring funds, are dictated by the value of the account.

According to the report, login credentials alone for an account with a $2,200 balance can sell for $190. A transfer for a $20,000 account balance can cost $1,200.

Even premium content services, which are being sold for as little as $0.55 to $1 for online video streaming, $7.50 for cable channel streaming, $0.55 for comic book services, and $15 for professional sports streaming are being made available to small-time criminals.