What is the Dark Web, and What Does a Hacked Credit Card Cost? [Infographic]

Hacked credit card for sale on dark web at $14, Equifax infographic

We’ve all heard about the Dark Web, that deep, deep part of the World Wide Web that requires special access methods and are never, ever supposed to show up on a Google search!

Those more familiar with the Dark Web will know it as distinct from the Deep Web. I’ll stop using Caps now. The deep web is merely that part of the web that isn’t indexed by search engines. Within the deepest levels of the deep web lie the comparatively minuscule dark web.

In fact, the dark web makes up just 0.01% of the deep web, or so it’s believed. The dark web is essentially made up of networks of sites called darknets. Within these darknets, data is encrypted and bounced randomly through servers around the world to hide the origin of the content.

The dark web is typically used for nefarious activities of all types. The most popular seem to be file sharing, leaked data and financial fraud, collectively making up nearly 70% of the content found on darknets.

Some of the more popular darknets are Tor (The Onion Router), Freenet and I2P (Invisible Internet Project), but there are also uncountable peer-to-peer (P2P) networks, and even individual-to-individual networks are possible.

Did you also know that Tor is best used with a VPN service for total anonymity and protection? Here’s a resource that shows you what to do.

But very few of us actually know the price of potatoes on the dark web, so to speak. Did you know you could buy a hacked corporate mailbox for about $440? Or a hacked popular U.S. email account with all the user’s details for 112 bucks?


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And credit card information is even cheaper!

Hankering for a hacked credit card and can’t afford to pay a lot of money? How about one from the dark web for $14, complete with the user’s personal details?

Where did we get this information?

The UK wing of the publicly owned consumer credit rating agency Equifax has created an infographic about the dark web, what various illegal digital and how to protect your data from theft and ending up there.

The informative and infographic on the vital topic of cybersecurity was sent to us by a partner of Equifax in an email to our editorial team. We reproduce it here with permission.

Source: Equifax.co.uk

Delving into the Dark Web – An infographic from Equifax UK

Source: Equifax.co.uk