Data breach: What happens to the stolen data? When will they be used?

  • Team Omega
  • December 30, 2015


Stolen data via a data breach can be used in a number of ways.  However, it is hard to predict when they will be used.  Here’s a quick look at both.

What is the data used for?

  • Identity theft
  • Credit Card purchases
  • Other account accesses
  • Applying for credit
  • Ransom payments
  • Threats
  • Competitive advantage
  • Sold in the black market

When is the data used?

  • Instantly for purchases
  • Social security numbers held for later purchases
  • Many years later for identity theft
  • Later for sale or trade
  • For future spam
  • Phishing attacks

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Source: TechTarget/Search Security.