Tuesday, April 07, 2015
What happens when personal data hits the "Dark Web" overseas? On a personal level, less than expected
Kelly Jackson has an article on “Dark Reading”, tweeted by Webroot, “What happens when personal information hits the Dark Web”, link here.
This was a controlled experiment, with fake data. It found that there was a lot of buying and selling of data in Nigeria and Russia and other poor countries. Yet a lot of the data is pretty worthless. Once someone detects a fraudulent purchase, the account is cancelled. Criminals pay for a lot of cord of personal data, knowing that a lot of it, perhaps most of it, cannot be easily used for id theft.