Comparitech reports that personal attacks — including financial disruption, legal sabotage and defamation — were the most costly hacking services listed on the dark web at $551 on average, while services for changing grades were the second most expensive at $526 on average.
Meanwhile, social media account hacking, which costs $230 on average, was the most prevalently listed service on the dark web, according to the report.
Moreover, computer and phone hacking costed $343 on average, while debt or credit hacking, custom malware and email hacking costed $343, $318 and $241, respectively.
Researchers also found that while all hacking services on the dark web required up front payments, not all hacking service sites provided a refund promise for jobs that were unsuccessful.
The report also revealed that many hackers claim to be able to achieve completion of most services within a day but may need days or weeks to complete more complex tasks.