Is It Ethical To Buy Breached Data?

Gary Stevens writes:

Research that’s done on malicious breaches of data presents a unique conundrum for the security professionals who are doing the investigating: should access to sets of breached raw data become available to public users and, if so, how?

In light of the pandemic, the acceleration toward location-distributed work has the potential to raise similar questions about the cybersecurity posture of companies and the ethics behind commercial sources of stolen data that inadvertently become available after breaches. In this day and age when nearly 70% of consumers outright distrust companies who claim to ethically sell personal data, these questions are more important to answer than ever before.

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