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Hackers’ Latest Weapon: Cyber Extortion

Stroz Friedberg is a specialized risk management firm built to help clients solve the complex challenges prevalent in today’s digital, connected, and regulated business world

After years of stealing data for fraud and corporate espionage, hackers increasingly are trying a new way to profit from their digital break-ins: extortion…

In many ways, Hollywood is an ideal target for hackers. Pre-released shows and movies get a lot of attention, especially for titles that have loyal fan bases. Hollywood studios work with a wide network of partners to create the finished product, and these partners are increasingly becoming targets, said James Aquilina, global digital forensics leader with the cyber investigations company Stroz Friedberg. “This information lifecycle is in many ways rife for exploitation,” he said.

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