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Lecture: Establishing reputation and avoiding risk in stolen data markets
Start Date: 9/15/2014Start Time: 1:30 PM
End Date: 9/15/2014End Time: 3:00 PM
Event Description:
Professor Tom Holt of Michigan State University's School of Criminal Justice will be presenting a lecture entitled, "Establishing reputation and avoiding risk in stolen data markets."

Incidents of mass data breaches have grabbed media attention over the last few years, particularly the recent announcement of the Target and Neiman Marcus compromises in 2013.  Researchers in both the social and technical sciences have begun to study the market for data resale which is driven in part by these data breaches.   These studies demonstrate that the market for data is influenced by seller reputation based on positive and negative feedback provided by customers, and the influence of social connectivity on a seller's reputation in the market. 

This presentation will examine both of these issues through an analysis of threads from 13 active Russian and English language forums involved in the sale of stolen data.   Quantitative methods will be employed to consider the relationships between the social and market practices of the forums. Qualitative research methods will be used to consider the risk reduction strategies of buyers, sellers, and moderators in these forums.  The implications of this study for law enforcement and criminological theory will be considered in detail.  The policy implications of this study for consumers, law enforcement, and security analysts will be discussed in depth to provide improved mechanisms for the disruption and takedown of stolen data markets globally. 
Location Information:
New Building - New Building
524 West 59th Street
New York, NY
Room: Moot Court - 6th Floor
Contact Information:
Name: Doug Salane
Phone: 212-237-8836
Establishing reputation and avoiding risk in stolen data markets
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