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In 2012, LinkedIn was the target of a data breach. A hacker got in and stole millions of user details. Username and password hashes were then sold to people willing to buy. This episode goes over the story of what happened.

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JACK: You ever get fascinated with the cyber-crime supply chain? It’s never a solo hacker doing the whole thing; there’s a lot of layers to this onion. So, let’s say a hacker breaks into a place and steals a bunch of information from some company. Well, next he’ll typically want to sell that data to make some money and do it again, so now you’ve got to find a buyer. But before we even get to the buyer of stolen data, there’s sometimes brokers involved, people who have negotiated deals between hackers and buyers. So you might go to one of these brokers, offer a percentage for selling the database to someone. Now it’s on them to find someone.

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