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Business Risk Intelligence Decision Report: 2018 Mid-Year Update

June 20, 2018

Political and social instability in the world is spilling over into businesses, which more than ever must contend not only with hackers targeting valuable corporate data, but also how geopolitical conflicts will affect the reliability of digital networks supporting commerce, how policy is formulated and enforced, and how investments are executed. The relatively quiet first […]

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Assessing Threats to the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics

Olympic events are high-budget, high-profile convergences of elite athletes and global media organizations that tend to carry inherently geopolitical undertones. As such, they can be seen as appealing targets for various cyber and physical adversaries motivated by financial or political gain. The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea are no exception, with the precarious […]

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Business Risk Intelligence Decision Report: 2017 End-of-Year Update

January 17, 2018

Few would say that 2017 was an uneventful year in the realm of global geopolitics, and this year is already shaping up to be fraught with similar volatility. As such, organizations seeking to proactively combat relevant threats and address enterprise-wide risk must regard geopolitical context as a core component of their intelligence programs. This is […]

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Business Risk Intelligence Decision Report: 2017 Mid-Year Update

June 13, 2017

On January 11, we released our inaugural Business Risk Intelligence (BRI) – Decision Report. This report highlighted significant events and trends across the cyber threat and geopolitical landscape in 2016; it was intended to serve as a starting point to help both enterprise and public sector decision-makers assess and manage risk more effectively. In this […]

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Linguistic Analysis of WannaCry Ransomware Messages Suggests Chinese-Speaking Authors

Since the May 12, 2017, “WannaCry” ransomware worm attack, researchers have struggled with the question of attribution. As of this writing, a number of researchers have linked the activity to the suspected North Korean-affiliated “Lazarus Group” due to similarities in the code and the infrastructure. Flashpoint analysts conducted similar analyses, but also included a linguistic […]

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Business Risk Intelligence: Threat and Capabilities Matrix for Decision-Makers (Preview)

January 12, 2017

Yesterday we released our inaugural Business Risk Intelligence Decision Report. Unlike traditional end-of-year reports, we chose to eschew providing predictions for the coming year, which from our experience are overly generic and do not lend themselves to supporting informed decision-making. Instead, the Flashpoint team looked back at 2016 and drew from our unique tools and […]

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Flashpoint’s Inaugural Business Risk Intelligence — Decision Report

January 11, 2017

Cybercriminals, jihadists, nation-state cyber actors, hacktivists, and cyber attention-seekers received widespread global attention throughout 2016, laying the foundation for what is already shaping up to be an eventful and challenging 2017. Consequently, the resulting complexity of the current geopolitical and cyber threat climate has led many decision-makers to reevaluate the role of cybersecurity within their […]

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By Accident or Design? Supply Chain Risks of Chinese-made Devices

Key Takeaways • On November 15, 2016, American media outlets reported that Android devices in the United States were found to be transmitting sensitive user information back to a server in Shanghai, China. The total number of known affected devices is 120,000, which were manufactured by Florida-based BLU Products. • The incident was caused by […]

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