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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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U.S. Sanctions Against Russia Raise Questions Over National Security Policy

December 29, 2016

On December 29, 2016, United States President Barack Obama formally enacted measures targeting the Russian Federation in response to a campaign of Russian state-sponsored interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. The President approved an amendment to Executive Order 13964, updating a previous executive order that gave the Federal government expanded authority to respond to […]

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Team Member Profile: Olivia Rowley

By FP_Analyst
December 22, 2016

Olivia Rowley, Intelligence Analyst Olivia Rowley is an Intelligence Analyst at Flashpoint. She speaks fluent Spanish and specializes in analyzing threats emerging from the Spanish-language underground with an emphasis on Latin America. Prior to Flashpoint, Olivia’s passion for Latin America and the Middle East led her to pursue extensive research on the languages, culture, and […]

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Insider Threats: “The Shadow Brokers” Likely Did Not Hack the NSA

UPDATED 12/20/2016 3:45 PM ET  Key Takeaways • Based on the data released in the most recent dump by the threat actor known as “The Shadow Brokers,” Flashpoint assesses with medium confidence that the stolen information was likely obtained from a rogue insider. Flashpoint is uncertain of how these documents were exfiltrated, but they appear to […]

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Jihadists Advise American Muslims to Arm Themselves Ahead of Trump Presidency

December 14, 2016

Key Takeaways • Discussions about the U.S. presidential election and subsequent President-elect Donald Trump victory have recently taken place on a private, predominantly pro-al-Qaida Dark Web channel, in which several members are self-identified Westerners, including Americans. • During these discussions, these members expressed fear as they anticipate anti-Muslim violence and policies under the new administration. […]

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Flashpoint and Talos Analyze the Curious Case of the flokibot Connector

Key Takeaways • In the financial cybercrime landscape, we see a continuous progression of the malware known as “Floki Bot,” which has been marketed by the actor “flokibot” since September 2016. • Language is not a barrier: though experience suggests that many cybercriminals tend to stay within their language groups, those with a high level […]

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