The Hacker Economy

Wednesday at noon, there was a Lunch-Time-Lecture. The guest speaker was Sherri Davidoff, CEO of LMG Security. She taught our Cyber Security Course last fall, and is slated to teach a Digital Forensics course this coming fall. The topic was “The Hacker Economy.” As with all Lunch-Time-Lectures, lunch was provided.



Hacking is business. Every day, hundreds of thousands of infected computers, phones, and tablets — and the data they contain — are bought and sold in a complex global black market.  Enterprising cybercriminals find zero-day vulnerabilities and sell them to the highest bidder. Often, stolen data is “laundered” and transferred to legitimate markets. From the Target hack to carding forums, this presentation provides a glimpse into the sophisticated world of hackers for hire. The data breaches you read about on the front pages of the newspapers are just the tip of the iceberg.  How much are you worth on the black market?  Who steals your data, and why? Find out in “The Hacker Economy.”

Sherri’s LinkedIn Bio:

Sherri Davidoff has more than a decade of experience as an information security professional, specializing in penetration testing, forensics, social engineering testing and web application assessments. She is an instructor at Black Hat and co-author of the SANS training course “Network Forensics.” Her textbook, “Network Forensics: Tracking Hackers Through Cyberspace,” is published by Prentice Hall. She is a GIAC-certified forensic examiner (GCFA) and penetration tester (GPEN), and holds her degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from MIT.


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