No doubt many of you will have heard about the recent LinkedIn database sale on TheRealDeal dark net marketplace. It made quite the splash and is clearly one of the more fascinating cases of the “tales from the dark net” that the media likes to revel in from time to time. The database is being sold by “peace_of_mind” or Peace.
Peace has form and has even appeared back in 2014 in no less an outlet than Forbes where a write-up explained his escapades in relation to the Naughty America database. In other words, this is one database leak that we are right to pay proper attention to.
Leaving aside some of the hysteria around the leak, at least from a dark net perspective, we can note that Peace has 16 legacy sales with all being positive, bar one neutral sale. At least one of these, the final one, relates to the LinkedIn database and it is said to be ‘as described…’ The price is 4.5126 BTC and so it is by no means cheap, but given the potential uses a black