Spotlight: PayPal buys stolen data from criminals
And PayPal isn't the only major company buying stolen data from criminals, but relax, it's for a good cause. "The strategy of buying samples of stolen data can help with forensic investigations and an understanding of the criminal value chain where stolen data is bought and sold," said Mark Bower, global director, product management for HPE Security - Data Security. "Secondly, having access to what was stolen can help pattern match the digital fingerprints of data flows to track down points of leakage where live data is exposed to attacks." But according to this article in the San Francisco Chronicle, companies are buying stolen data from criminals to aid counterintelligence investigations too. Read more.