A Global Black Market for Stolen Personal Data

Cybercriminal underground economies are fueled by one thing—your stolen personal data. Each data type sells for a different price.

The Cybercriminal Underground Economies

The Global Black Market Prices

These are some of your personal data and their corresponding prices:

Brazilian Underground

Set of business application account credentials US$155–193
Set of credit card credentials US$35–135
Set of online service account credentials US$19
List of mobile phone numbers US$290–1,236
List of landline phone numbers US$317–1,931

Chinese Underground

Personal information dump per MB US$0.16
Set of email account credentials US$163
Set of entertainment site credentials US$325
Set of online gaming account credentials US$0.05

Russian Underground

Set of credit card credentials US$4
300 IP addresses US$6

How Much Is Your Data Worth?

Choose what kind of personal information you give out online. Click the applicable boxes to see what these imply.

Data Breaches

You just learned how much stolen data is worth in the global black market. If cybercriminals can get this much from one person, imagine how much they can make from stealing millions of customer data from big companies.

Timeline of Data Breaches

The incidents featured in this timeline are just some of the biggest breaches seen throughout 2014. The list is in no way extensive.

Protect Yourself

To stay safe from all kinds of cybercrime:

  1. Be discreet and selective in what you say, post, and share online.
  2. Know what you’re sharing and what these are used for.
  3. Frequently delete cookies and clear your browser history.
  4. Report suspicious activities related to your online accounts.
  5. Look out for the latest security news and updates.
  6. Use security solutions that protect against all kinds of online threats.