Thursday, May 08, 2008

The New Hacker Economics - Bits - Technology - New York Times Blog

A stark and timely reality check; read the full post 

To make money, you have to move up the economic food chain into higher-value, more profitable work and markets. That economic fact of life applies to nations, companies and individuals.

A study released this week shows how this natural law is being applied in the subculture of criminal computer hackers. Pilfered credit card numbers and bank account PIN numbers have become commodities on shadowy Web sites where stolen digital information is bought and sold.

Company e-mail, business documents and personal health information are the new targets of choice for illegal hackers, according to Finjan, a San Jose-based maker of Web security software and appliances.

The New Hacker Economics - Bits - Technology - New York Times Blog

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