Celebrities aren't the only targets of data thieves
By: Byron Acohido, USA Today
The disclosure of celebrities' personally identifiable information,
or PII, is grabbing headlines this morning. But it's just another day in
the teeming cyberunderground.
Caches of names, addresses, Social
Security numbers, date of births and payment card data have long been
widely posted on the Internet. Hackers sometimes do it to brag or make a
political point. But most often, stolen PII flows into forums and
exchanges, and are posted for sale -- for simple criminal profit.
most cases, when data is improperly accessed, it is peddled through
black market sites," says Adam Levin, chairman of Identity Theft 911.
"Oftentimes it is sold and resold."
The average cybercriminal is
after quick cash, not military or industrial secrets, says Roel
Schouwenberg, senior researcher, Kaspersky Lab.