Tor usage will increase in 2022, with India and Russia leading in active users.

According to a recent overview of dark web statistics published by Bankless Times, the number of active Tor users has climbed dramatically year over year, from roughly two million visits per day in the first half of 2021 to more than three million per day by mid-2022. This estimate corresponds to The Tor Project’s statistics, which track Tor traffic from directly connected clients (excluding clients connecting via bridges).

The report found that India has the greatest percentage of Tor users worldwide, with an estimated 26% of the population having used the Tor browser at some time, based on data from The Tor Project and Statista. Russia took second place, with approximately 15% of the population using Tor on a daily basis. According to Bankless Times, the rising trend in usership is due to the Russian government’s increased “pressure on the free internet,” with approximately 1200 Tor bridges being built to meet growing demand from the country.

Tor user count directly connected from 2021 to the present. The Tor Project is the source.

Using data from the US Treasury Department, the report discovered that darknet drug sales accounted for only approximately 0.2% of total illegal drug revenue in the US and EU combined. This amounted to approximately $315 million.

The presentation also included data from Privacy Affairs’ annual Dark Web Price Index for 2022, which noted that hacked PayPal account credentials were among the “most listed” products on darknet markets. CashApp, Stripe, Weststein Card, and TransferGo payment account credentials were also among the most popular.

Visual Capitalist prepared a highly thorough infographic to highlight the relative costs of the most popular digital commodities and services available on darknet markets, categorizing them by category and grouping them by average price in another recently published summary of the Dark Web Price Index. Premium quality malware installations fetched the greatest average price of $5,500 per 1,000 installs, while CNBC Pro credentials fetched the lowest average price of $3 per account.

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