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Psychology of an Eastern European Cybercriminal: Mindset Drives Behavior

By FP_Analyst
February 14, 2017

Most conversations about the Eastern European cybercrime landscape focus heavily on the specific threats originating from this community of actors. For security practitioners and intelligence analysts, this often means in-depth technical analysis on everything from new strains of malware and emerging fraud schemes to zero-day vulnerabilities and large-scale DDoS attacks. While such information is undoubtedly […]

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Jihadists React to President Trump’s Executive Order

January 31, 2017

Key Takeaways • Since President Trump’s inauguration, jihadists have discussed what they perceive to be growing anti-Islamic sentiment in the United States, with many claiming that the U.S. is showing its “true face.” • This chatter has increased since President Trump’s executive order on January 27, 2017, which banned travel from several Muslim-majority countries, including […]

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The Intelligence Cycle and Services: A Methodology Traversing The Enterprise

January 30, 2017
BRI

Across the enterprise, intelligence programs supporting both cyber and physical domains continue to emerge and mature more quickly and more frequently. Unfortunately, many of these programs lack the methodology, capabilities, and strategic guidance necessary for optimizing the accuracy, efficiency, and value of their intelligence. While few organizations tend to apply and integrate such intelligence in […]

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Team Member Profile: Ken Wolf

By FP_Analyst
January 25, 2017

Ken Wolf, Senior Analyst Ken Wolf is a Senior Analyst at Flashpoint with more than 10 years of experience in the security field, ranging from IT and information security, to tactical and strategic information operations. He obtained a master’s degree in International Affairs with a concentration in International Security Policy from the Columbia University School of […]

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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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MongoDB Ransomers Overwriting Each Others’ Notes, Leaving Admins with No Options

Open MongoDB database servers with default settings have been a source of stress for security teams for well over a year. These vulnerable databases can result in breaches affecting millions of people. Though administrators have been warned to secure these servers, the lack of doing so has resulted in tens of thousands of open MongoDB […]

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