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Cornering the Market on Stolen Personal Data

Max Butler wasn’t happy simply stealing private data such as credit card and social security numbers, running up credit cards and selling the merchandise on eBay.  He wanted the trading markets where this information was bought and sold.  After hacking his four competitors, he consolidated their sites into one single mega-exchange, handling 6,000 users and countless transactions.  Wired magazine’s article chronicling the rise and fall of Mr. Butler reveals an eye opening account of the black market for private information.

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