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The Hidden Data Economy

The Marketplace for Stolen Digital Information – McAfee – This report was researched and written by: Charles McFarland, François Paget, Raj Saman.
Raj Samani, CTO of Intel Security for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa: “Data is the “oil” of the digital economy. The commercial market for personal data is booming, with large databases of subscriber information driving up the enormous valuations of those companies that own it, even though many have yet to turn a profit. As the commercial value of personal data grows, cybercriminals have long since built an economy selling stolen data to anybody with a computer browser and the means to pay. In the 2013 McAfee Labs report Cybercrime Exposed: Cybercrime-as-a-Service, we demonstrated how current tools, products, and services can allow anyone to become a cybercriminal, regardless of technical ability. We followed up with the report Digital Laundry: An analysis of online currencies, and their use in cybercrime, which explained virtual currencies in detail and how they are used to convert stolen data into cash. By the time Digital Laundry was published in 2013, the publicity following the law enforcement action against the Silk Road let the world know that illegal products could easily be acquired online. Such actions have demonstrated just how much traditional crime has evolved with the help of the cyber world. Cybercrime Exposed and Digital Laundry focused on tools that aid an attack. This report will attempt to answer the question: What happens after a successful breach? Immediately after the Target breach, I cowrote a blog that tracked the sale of stolen credit cards and showed that much like traditional economics, the price of stolen credit cards went down with the huge influx of new stolen cards on the market. The Target example is only the tip of the iceberg. This paper provides more detail on this hidden data economy.”

GPO MetaLib Search Engine expands coverage

“Welcome to MetaLib, a service of the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP)! MetaLib is a federated search engine that searches multiple U.S. Federal government databases, retrieving reports, articles, and citations while providing direct links to selected resources available online. To learn more, view additional brief or detailed search information.” See this link for the… Continue Reading

Emerald Group Publishing launches new contribution to Open Access debate

“Bingley, United Kingdom, 19 October 2015 – Emerald Group Publishing is marking International Open Access Week (19-25 October) with the launch of a Special Issue on Open Access (OA) from Online Information Review, with contributions from some of the world’s leading experts on the debate. The aim of this Special Issue is to contribute insights, analysis and commentary towards… Continue Reading

Improving the Way the Government Buys IT

White House, October 16, 2015: “Today, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued the first in a series of information technology (IT) directives to improve how the Federal Government buys and manages one of the most common IT purchases made every year – basic laptops and desktops.  From the start, this Administration… Continue Reading

Estimation of countries’ interdependence in plant genetic resources provisioning national food supplies and production systems

“The Contracting Parties of the International Treaty recognize that plant genetic resources for food and agriculture are a common concern of all countries, in that all countries depend largely on plant genetic resources for food and agriculture that originated elsewhere. Nearly 20 years ago, an initial research on interdependence mong countries on crop diversity provided information… Continue Reading