Cybersecurity researchers at Digital Shadows have revealed that usernames and passwords for more than 15 billion accounts are available on the dark web. The account details include everything from bank details to streaming services and anti-virus software. The researchers said many of these accounts are being distributed for free by hackers. The second highest costs for hacked accounts are for antivirus programs that can be purchased for an average cost of $21.67. This is much less than the cost of a legitimate yearly subscription.
The researchers say that one way to make it harder for hackers to breach accounts is for businesses and people to use a unique password for each service and even use a password manager for better management.