Close
Josh Lefkowitz
Chief Executive Officer
Josh Lefkowitz executes the company’s strategic vision to empower organizations with the fastest, most comprehensive coverage of threatening activity on the internet. He has worked extensively with authorities to track and analyze terrorist groups. Mr. Lefkowitz also served as a consultant to the FBI’s senior management team and worked for a top tier, global investment bank. Mr. Lefkowitz holds an MBA from Harvard University and a BA from Williams College.
Evan Kohlmann
Chief Innovation Officer
Evan Kohlmann focuses on product innovation at Flashpoint where he leverages fifteen years’ experience tracking Al-Qaida, ISIS, and other terrorist groups. He has consulted for the US Department of Defense, the US Department of Justice, the Australian Federal Police, and Scotland Yard’s Counter Terrorism Command, among others. Mr. Kohlmann holds a JD from the Univ. of Pennsylvania Law School and a BSFS in International Politics from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown Univ.
Josh Devon
Chief Operating Officer / Chief Product Officer
Josh Devon focuses on product vision and strategy at Flashpoint while ensuring the company’s departments function synergistically during its rapid growth. He also works to ensure that customers receive best in class products, services, and support. Previously, Mr. Devon co-founded the SITE Intelligence Group where he served as Assistant Director. He holds an MA from SAIS at Johns Hopkins Univ. At the Univ. of Pennsylvania, he received a BS in Economics from the Wharton School and a BA in English from the College of Arts and Sciences.
Chris Camacho
Chief Revenue Officer
As Chief Revenue Officer, Chris Camacho leads the company’s global sales team, which includes solution architecture, business development, strategic integrations, partnerships, and revenue operations; he is also the architect of Flashpoint’s FPCollab sharing community. With over 15 years of cybersecurity leadership experience, he has spearheaded initiatives across Operational Strategy, Incident Response, Threat Management, and Security Operations to ensure cyber risk postures align with business goals. Most recently as a Senior Vice President of Information Security at Bank of America, Mr. Camacho was responsible for overseeing the Threat Management Program. An entrepreneur, Mr. Camacho also serves as CEO for NinjaJobs: a career-matching community for elite cybersecurity talent. He has a BS in Decision Sciences & Management of Information Systems from George Mason University.
Lisa Iadanza
Chief People Officer
Lisa M. Iadanza leads all functional areas of People Operations at Flashpoint, including human resources, talent acquisition & management, employee engagement, and developing high performance teams. In addition to collaborating with the executive team to drive strategic growth, she plays an integral role in fostering Flashpoint’s culture and mission. Driven by her passions for mentorship, employee advocacy, and talent development, Ms. Iadanza has more than twenty years of experience in building, scaling, and leading human resources functions. Prior to Flashpoint, she held leadership roles at Conde Nast, Terra Technology, and FreeWheel. She is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and holds a bachelor’s degree in management with concentrations in human resources and marketing from State University of New York at Binghamton.
Donald Saelinger
President
Donald Saelinger is responsible for driving strategic and operational initiatives to accelerate Flashpoint’s growth and scale. In this role, Donald leads a broad portfolio including Marketing, Customer Success, Revenue Operations, Legal and related functions, and is focused on helping the company execute on a go-to-market approach that maximizes value to our customers. Prior to Flashpoint, Donald served as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of Endgame, Inc., an endpoint detection and response company acquired by Elastic N.V. in 2019, and where he led a range of teams focused on growth, scale, and legal and compliance matters. Donald also previously served as the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Opower, Inc. (NYSE: OPWR), a global provider of SaaS solutions to electric and gas utilities that was acquired by Oracle, Inc. in 2016. Donald graduated from Columbia University in 2000 and received his JD from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2006.
Rob Reznick
SVP Finance and Corporate Development
Rob Reznick leads the finance, accounting, and corporate development teams at Flashpoint. Rob previously served as Director of Finance & Accounting for 1010data (acquired by Advance/Newhouse), and Director of Finance for Financial Guard (acquired by Legg Mason) after prior work in forensic accounting and dispute consulting. Mr. Reznick is a Certified Public Accountant and holds an MBA and MAcc from the Fisher College of Business at the Ohio State University, and a BBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
Tom Hofmann
SVP Intelligence
Tom Hofmann leads the intelligence directorate that is responsible for the collection, analysis, production, and dissemination of Deep and Dark Web data. He works closely with clients to prioritize their intelligence requirements and ensures internal Flashpoint operations are aligned to those needs. Mr. Hofmann has been at the forefront of cyber intelligence operations in the commercial, government, and military sectors, and is renowned for his ability to drive effective intelligence operations to support offensive and defensive network operations.
Jake Wells
SVP Solutions Architecture
Jake Wells leads strategic integrations and information sharing as part of the client engagement & development team, which serves as an internal advocate for our government and commercial clients to ensure Flashpoint’s intelligence solutions meet their evolving needs. He leverages a decade of experience running cyber and counterterrorism investigations, most recently with the NYPD Intelligence Bureau, to maximize the value customers generate from our products and services. Mr. Wells holds an MA from Columbia University and a BA from Emory University.
Brian Brown
SVP Strategy and Business Development
Brian Brown is responsible for the overall direction of strategic sales and development supporting Flashpoint’s largest clients. In his role, Mr. Brown focuses on designing and executing growth-oriented sales penetration strategies across multiple vertical markets, including both Government and Commercial, supporting Flashpoint’s Sales and Business Development Teams. An experienced entrepreneur, Mr. Brown also serves as CSO for NinjaJobs, a private community created to match elite cybersecurity talent with top tier global jobs and also advise growth-stage cybersecurity companies.
Justin Rogers
VP Revenue Operations
Justin Rogers leads the Revenue Operations team at Flashpoint, aligning sales, marketing, partnerships, customer success, and finance across vision, planning, process, and goals. He leverages over 15 years of experience in security, strategy, product design, and implementation to drive growth, provide an end-to-end view of the customer journey, and a seamless customer experience. Recently, Justin led Marketing for Centripetal, bringing the first Threat Intelligence Gateway to market. Previously, he managed operations of a Counter IED lab electronics forensics division while forward deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Justin holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire.
Peter Partyka
VP Engineering
Peter Partyka leads Flashpoint’s engineering teams. Peter previously worked in the quantitative hedge fund space in New York City, implementing security and administrative solutions around proprietary trading platforms, high-availability cloud deployments, and hardening of applications and infrastructure. Peter leverages more than 16 years of experience in technology specializing in application security, red-teaming, penetration testing, exploit development, as well as blue-teaming. Peter has a long track record of managing tech teams and implementing engineering security best practices. Recently Peter led Flashpoint toward GDPR and CCPA compliance and has been a key architect of Flashpoint’s robust compliance programs. Peter has taught advanced cybersecurity courses at New York University and consulted at various tech startups during his career.
Paul Farley
VP APAC Sales
Paul Farley is responsible for the Asia-Pacific region of Flashpoint's international business, including Australia, Japan, and Singapore. In his role at Flashpoint, Paul is executing growth-oriented sales strategies across multiple countries and vertical markets, including both Government and Commercial. Paul has extensive experience leading regional sales for both pre-IPO growth businesses and large organizations such as RSA, EMC and DELL.
Steven Cooperman
VP Public Sector Sales
Steven Cooperman is responsible for Flashpoint’s strategy and sales growth of its public sector business. He also supports the development of a robust partner ecosystem for public sector business to deliver value added offerings and innovation focused to the mission of government. Steven has an established and diverse career in the Public Sector, holding leadership positions at a number of successful enterprise software companies and Federal System Integrators, including ServiceNow, HP, Oracle and Northrop Grumman. He holds an MA in Analytic Geography from the State University of New York - Binghamton, and received his BS in Geology from the State University - Oneonta.
Matthew Howell
VP Product
Matthew Howell leads the Product Management and Product Marketing teams for Flashpoint. He is responsible for developing a strong team that drives product adoption and user engagement through outcome based prioritization, continuous process improvement, and metrics driven development. Matthew brings a passion for diverse ideas, experience launching B2B SaaS products, building integration ecosystems, supporting five 9s SLAs, and leading distributed teams. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Virginia
Glenn Lemons
Executive Director Strategic Accounts Engagement
Glenn Lemons is Executive Director, Strategic Accounts Engagement at Flashpoint. He previously served as the acting Director of Citigroup's Cyber Intelligence Center where he was responsible for analyzing and reacting to intelligence from a variety of threats. These threats ranged from fraudulent activity and attempting to defraud Citi's clients to supporting security operations for the firm's worldwide network presence. He has extensive experience working with multiple clients across the financial services, manufacturing, healthcare, and public sectors. Glenn also has more than 26 years of intelligence experience within the operational and support communities in the U.S. military and federal civilian service; seven of which focused on both defensive and offensive cyber operations. While working for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, he testified numerous times before U.S. Congressional committees and member requested open and closed sessions.
Close
Steve Leightell
Steve started his career in Internet sales in the early 1990s and was always a top sales rep before transitioning to business development. By the early 2000s, he was the Director of Business Development at DWL, where he managed a team that built partnerships with Accenture, Oracle, Tata Consulting, Wipro, Cognizant and IBM. Steve designed the channel and strategy that ultimately culminated in the acquisition of DWL by IBM in 2005. He went on to lead a global team within IBM that was responsible for major system integrator partnerships. In 2008, he left IBM to found a niche consulting firm focused on business development for SaaS organizations. Steve holds a BA in anthropology and sociology from Carleton University in Ottawa.
Ellie Wheeler
Ellie Wheeler is a Partner at Greycroft and is based in the firm’s New York office. Prior to joining Greycroft, Ellie worked in a similar role evaluating investment opportunities at Lowercase Capital. Ellie also worked at Cisco in Corporate Development doing acquisitions, investments, and strategy within the unified communications, enterprise software, mobile, and video sectors. While at Cisco, she was involved in multiple acquisitions and investments, including PostPath, Jabber, Xobni, and Tandberg. She began her career in growth capital private equity at Summit Partners in Boston. Ellie graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a BA in Psychology and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Glenn McGonnigle
Glenn McGonnigle is a General Partner at TechOperators. Prior to launching TechOperators in 2008, Glenn was CEO of VistaScape Security Systems, a venture-backed provider of enterprise intelligent video surveillance software. He lead the company through its successful sale to Siemens Building Technologies. Previously, Glenn was a co-founder and senior executive of Atlanta-based Internet Security Systems (ISS) where he helped raise initial venture capital and launch the business. For 7 years, he led the business development team in developing sales channels and entering the managed security services market. During his tenure, the company grew from startup to revenues of over $225 million and was later acquired by IBM for $1.3 billion.
Brendan Hannigan
Brendan joined Polaris Partners in 2016 as an entrepreneur partner. In this role, he focuses on funding and founding companies in the technology sector with a concentration in cloud, analytics, and cybersecurity. Brendan is a co-founder of Sonrai Security and chairman of Twistlock, both Polaris investments. He also currently serves on the board of Bitsight Technologies and Flashpoint. A 25 year technology industry veteran, Brendan was most recently the general manager of IBM Security. Under Brendan’s leadership, IBM Security grew significantly faster than the overall security market to become the number one enterprise security provider in the world with almost $2B of annual revenue.
Matt Devost
Currently, Devost serves as CEO & Co-Founder of OODA LLC as well as a review board member for Black Hat. In 2010, he co-founded the cybersecurity consultancy FusionX LLC which was acquired by Accenture in August 2015, where he went on to lead Accenture's Global Cyber Defense practice. Devost also founded the Terrorism Research Center in 1996 where he served as President and CEO until November 2008 and held founding or leadership roles at iDefense, iSIGHT Partners, Total Intel, SDI, Tulco Holdings, and Technical Defense.
image/svg+xml image/svg+xml
Flashpoint Closes Majority Growth Investment from Audax

Chatter Indicates BlackMatter as REvil Successor

Blog
July 27, 2021

BlackMatter Registration

On July 19, 2021, a threat actor operating under the alias “BlackMatter” registered an account on the high-tier Russian-language illicit forums XSS and Exploit. The actor deposited 4 BTC (approximately $150,000 USD) into their escrow account. Large deposits on the forum indicate the seriousness of the threat actor. On July 21, the threat actor posted a notice on the forums, stating they are looking to purchase access to infected corporate networks in the US, Canada, Australia, and the UK, presumably for ransomware operations. The threat actor said they are looking for larger corporate networks with revenues of over US $100 million. 

While the inclusion of Five Eyes countries is notable, it is likely more financially-motivated than strategic. US, Canada, Australia, and the UK are ranked among the top 10 most-targeted countries for publicly-reported incidents on ransomware blogs and, further, the April 2021 paper from the Institute for Security and Technology Ransomware Task Force highlighted that White House and DNI would coordinate with Five Eyes on a number of action items for combating ransomware.1  Recent reports highlight intelligence sharing with partner countries on suspicious cryptocurrency transactions in foreign exchanges.2

Re-emergence?  

The timing of the post is interesting in that it occurred two months after XSS, Exploit, and Raid Forums banished the DarkSide ransomware group, and forbade the discussion and solicitation of ransomware with the forums. DarkSide ransomware group was responsible for extorting Colonial Pipeline, resulting in a disruption in one of the largest oil pipelines in the United States. Shortly after the incident, DarkSide’s blog was offline and the Justice Department claimed that they recovered $2.3 million from Colonial’s ransomware payment.3 “UNKN” (aka “Unknown”) a representative of REvil, relayed DarkSide’s shutdown through a forum post. 

1https://securityandtechnology.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/IST-Ransomware-Task-Force-Report.pdf
2 https://edition.cnn.com/2021/07/06/politics/white-house-ransomware-strategy/index.html
3https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/department-justice-seizes-23-million-cryptocurrency-paid-ransomware-extortionists-darkside

On July 13, 2021, REvil abruptly shut down their ransomware blog. On the same day, XSS banned REvil’s spokesperson UNKN. The shutdown followed REvil’s high-profile ransomware attack against the technology provider, Kaseya.

BlackMatter does not openly state that they are a ransomware collective operator, which technically doesn’t break the rules of the forums, though the language of their post, as well as their goals clearly indicate that they are a ransomware collective operator.

Re-branding?

The emergence of a new group following the closure of DarkSide and REvil leaves threat actors questioning their origins, and if this is a possible rebranding. Both BlackMatter and UNKN appear to have similar rules around targeting. For example, both BlackMatter and UNKN explicitly say they will not target medical and government institutions. Regarding tactics, both groups use the same public corporate databases to research possible victims. Furthermore, Flashpoint analysts note that REvil previously labeled their Windows Registry key “BlackLivesMatter.” 

While the information may not be a smoking gun, it may indicate that REvil has not gone totally offline, but merely took a small hiatus following some high-profile breaches. It is also important to note that two posts and a large escrow account do not make a ransomware group. It is possible that copycats are intentionally mimicking the behavior of REvil to gain immediate credibility for allegedly being the reincarnation of REvil. 

Ran Somewhere? No, Still Here

While recent bans on forums made it significantly harder for ransomware collectives to recruit partners, nevertheless ransomware collectives are finding new creative avenues to attract threat actors, who would be interested in working with them.

For instance, on July 22, 2021, Flashpoint observed an advertisement of the partner program of the AvosLocker Ransomware collective. The advertisement was distributed on Jabber via a service called “HQ Advert Services,” which specializes in mass spam campaigns via Jabber and Telegram. HQ Advert and other similar services maintain a list of Jabber and Telegram handles and are able to distribute the advertisements of interest for a fee.

Prior to that, ransomware actors have also maintained communications on a number of other platforms. Some, such as Black Shadow, maintain Telegram accounts, others, such as LockBit 2.0, run ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) recruitment on their forums, and still others have moved to new forums for RaaS recruitment such as Babuk’s RAMP forum.

At this time, we can only assess the possible origins and intentions of BlackMatter. Their presence on XSS and Exploit highlights the increasing importance of those forums in ransomware recruitment, despite the apparent bans in May 2021. 

Re-recruitment

On July 27, the group began recruiting potential partners and affiliates via IM protocol, Jabber. Notably, the group is using Exploit’s Jabber server to send out their recruitment message, again showing ransomware groups utilizing Exploit’s infrastructure to forward their nefarious agenda despite an alleged ban.

In the advertisement, BlackMatter announced they were looking for experienced penetration testers who work with Windows and Linux systems and initial access suppliers, who would either sell their access or work for a percentage of the profits. The group listed their Jabber handle and Tox ID, and asked interested parties to contact them.

Remodel? Who Wore it Best?

Flashpoint analysts also discovered a leaks site on an onion domain run by the group, in which BlackMatter expands its rules on targeting to include restrictions on targeting the oil and gas sector and the defense and CI sector. The leaks site currently does not list any victims. 

After the discovery of the site, rumors again abounded claiming that BlackMatter is a rebranding of the group DarkSide, which went offline after losing control of their infrastructure in May 2021. These rumors are based on the design of the BlackMatter leaks site, which is similar to the now-defunct DarkSide leaks site, and by the fact that BlackMatter explicitly stated they would not target the oil and gas industry — a nod to the Colonial Pipeline breach which proved DarkSide’s demise. At this time, there is no concrete evidence connecting the two and 

When DarkSide went offline and their alias “darksupp” was banned from the Russian-language illicit forum XSS, the administrators seized the group’s sizable deposit of 23 BTC (approximately US $911,000) and distributed it among former DarkSide partners. This is notable because such a move might have discouraged any former members of DarkSide to make substantial deposits on illicit forums, as BlackMatter did when making a BTC 4 deposit on Exploit.

blackmatter-ransomware
Image 1: Screenshot of the BlackMatter leaks site, which bares a resemblance to DarkSide’s now-defunct leaks site.

Track Ransomware Activity With Flashpoint

The data above was discovered directly through analyst research in the Flashpoint platform. Sign up for a free trial, and see firsthand how Flashpoint can help you and your organization access the most critical information affecting your industry and the security community.

Flashpoint Intelligence Brief

Subscribe to our newsletter to stay up-to-date on our latest research, news, and events