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What Happens When Personal Information Hits The Dark Web
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User Rank: Apprentice
4/12/2015 | 4:23:15 AM
How they tracked the spreadysheet?
It looks like they just used the same tracking/tagging technology (but calling it "watermarking") as ReadNotify have been doing for over a decade.
User Rank: Apprentice
4/9/2015 | 12:01:40 PM
Which sites received the most attention?
I would love to know whether the file was picked up from DropBox as well as the more nefarious sites.  We have users who want to use DropBox and I'd love to have a real-life example of why we don't want them to use it.

Yes, I know there are security settings, but I would venture to guess that all of my users don't know what those are and/or wouldn't bother to use them.
Sara Peters
Sara Peters,
User Rank: Author
4/8/2015 | 4:32:50 PM
I can't decide if 1,100 views seems like a lot or not very many at all. I guess I would have expected that number to be higher, but then again, I imagine that the competition is pretty stiff on the black market -- high quality data from trusted sellers.
User Rank: Ninja
4/8/2015 | 9:02:58 AM
you will not have learned anything useful
You should follow Brian Krebs

the people who deal in stolen dox pride themselvs in selling only quality stuff.   and their reputations rely on it.   it is very unlikely that this data will be offered by any reputable darknet dealer
Kelly Jackson Higgins
Kelly Jackson Higgins,
User Rank: Strategist
4/7/2015 | 5:19:57 PM
Re: Honeypot
They kept it relatively low-key and generic, and didn't offer any "for sale" information, etc., so the file was more of a phony sample of stolen stuff. It's probably no more risky than a honeypot. 
User Rank: Ninja
4/7/2015 | 2:47:45 PM
Interesting to see the tracking of how fast the data moved and to what purpose in what used. I can't help but feel this is a very similar practice to a honeypot however. And I think that with this premise you would draw the same type of attention. 

The practice of bating a malicious person is a dangerous concept in its smallest measurements. But when the bated individual turns out to be a nefarious user with expert level knowledge then the situation becomes truly dangerous. If I were BitGlass, I would be wary of running these experiments with that scope. Wouldn't want to become the target of an unscrupulous hacker with a vendetta.


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