On the dark web, stolen identities and credit cards are routinely discovered, but hacked social media accounts are also increasingly commonplace on darknet marketplaces. What is their price? Much less than you may anticipate.

Between January and September 2022, Reddit accounts sell for as little as $6, according to data extracted by Whizcase (Opens in a new window) (and visualized by Atlas VPN (Opens in a new window) ). While Discord, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat accounts cost roughly $15 each, TikTok, Pinterest, and Twitter accounts all cost $10 or less.

LinkedIn is the most expensive social media platform on the dark web, where accounts are generally sold for approximately $45 each. Given that it’s a network utilized by professionals with high-profile contacts, this makes logical.

Nevertheless, it’s not unusual for these accounts to be sold in bulk, with millions of credentials being offered at a discount. But what are the objectives of individuals who purchase these compromised accounts? It seems that social media bot farms, where social engagement manipulation is the service being offered, are becoming more and more prevalent.

Whizcase claims that 1,000 Instagram followers may be purchased for only $6. For about $12, streamers can purchase 1,000 Twitch followers. Twitter accounts are where the major money is made; 1,000 retweets will run you $25. The additional costs for selecting the nation of origin for the accounts are not included in these rates.

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