Data Thieves: The Motivations of Cyber Threat Actors and Their Use and Monetization of Stolen Data

An overview of testimony by Lillian Ablon presented before the House Financial Services Committee, Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance, on March 15, 2018.

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  • Testimony

    A Close Look at Data Thieves

    Mar 15, 2018

    What do cyberattackers do with the data they steal? And how do they monetize it? Grouping hackers by their goals, motivations, and capabilities can shed light on these questions.

  • Multimedia

    Equifax and the Data-Breach Era: How Worried Should We Be?

    Oct 26, 2017

    Large-scale data breaches like those of Equifax and OPM compromised the personal data of millions of people. What can be done to improve the response to such breaches? In this October 26th congressional briefing, Lillian Ablon and Sina Beaghley address victim and lawmaker reactions, national security implications, and considerations for policymakers.

  • Report

    Few Consumers Penalize Hacked Companies for Data Breaches

    Apr 14, 2016

    About a quarter of American adults surveyed reported that they received a data breach notification in the past year, but 77 percent of them were highly satisfied with the company's post-breach response. Only 11 percent of respondents stopped dealing with the company afterwards.

  • Report

    Black Markets for Hackers Are Increasingly Sophisticated, Specialized, and Maturing

    Mar 25, 2014

    Black and gray markets for computer hacking tools, services, and byproducts such as stolen credit card numbers continue to expand, creating an increasing threat to businesses, governments, and individuals.