Josh Lefkowitz
Chief Executive Officer
Josh Lefkowitz executes the company’s strategic vision to empower organizations with Business Risk Intelligence (BRI). 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 / VP Product
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.
Jennifer Leggio
Chief Marketing Officer / VP Operations
Jennifer Leggio is responsible for Flashpoint’s marketing, customer acquisition, and operations. Ms. Leggio has more than 20 years of experience driving marketing, communications and go-to-market strategies in the cybersecurity industry. She’s previously held senior leadership roles at Digital Shadows, Cisco, Sourcefire, and Fortinet. She’s been a contributor to Forbes and ZDNet, and has spoken on the importance of coordinated disclosure at DEF CON and Hack in the Box, and on threat actor “publicity” trends at RSA Conference, Gartner Security Summit, and SXSW Interactive.
Chris Camacho
Chief Strategy Officer
Chris Camacho partners with Flashpoint’s executive team to develop, communicate, and execute strategic initiatives pertaining to Business Risk Intelligence (BRI). 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.
Lance James
Chief Scientist / VP Engineering
Lance James is responsible for leading Flashpoint’s technology development. Prior to joining Flashpoint in 2015, he was the Head of Cyber Intelligence at Deloitte & Touche LLP. Mr. James has been an active member of the security community for over 20 years and enjoys working creatively together with technology teams to design and develop impactful solutions that disrupt online threats.
Brian Costello
SVP Global Sales and Solution Architecture
Brian Costello, a 20-year information technology and security solutions veteran, is responsible for leading the Global Sales, Solution Architecture, and Professional Services teams at Flashpoint. Throughout his career, Brian has successfully built security and cloud teams that have provided customers with innovative technology solutions, exceeded targets and consistently grown business year over year. Prior to Flashpoint, Brian led a global security and cloud vertical practice for Verizon. Brian also held senior leadership roles at Invincea, Risk Analytics and Cybertrust. Brian received his B.A. from George Mason University.
Tom Hofmann
VP 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
VP Customer Success
Jake Wells leads the company’s customer success team, serving 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
VP 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.

Criminals Finding FinTech to Their Liking

January 18, 2018

Financial technology, or fintech, has banks on edge because of its potential to disrupt core means of doing business. Services are being delivered in ways unimaginable a decade ago, and technology such as near-field communication, digital wallets, and other mobile-based payment and banking options are elevating many new players to heights previously reserved for a staunch few in financial services. 

Cybercriminals are adding to that pressure with some taking advantage of new fintech to supplement fraudulent activity and facilitate cashing out compromised bank accounts and stolen payment cards. The weak link appears to be a familiar hangup common to any relatively new and quickly adopted technology: a rush to market has come at the expense of adequate controls.

“Often times it’s not actually the [fintech] company and technology being targeted, but rather it’s just being abused to accomplish fraud,” said Liv Rowley, intelligence analyst with Flashpoint. “Cybercriminals are using the technology in ways to facilitate these types of crimes. The technology is getting built, and no one is thinking how this might help cash out stolen cards or accounts.”

Flashpoint analysts identified a number of fintech gaining traction that are in criminals’ crosshairs, including digital wallets such as Apple Pay and Android Pay, peer-to-peer payment platforms such as Venmo and Zelle, free credit reporting services, and financial management and data aggregation platforms such as Mint and Power Wallet.

Underlying technology powering some of these services, things such as NFC, present low barriers to entry for criminals and can result in a relatively high reward. After a 2016 rampant with mega-password dumps and tens of millions of viable credentials available on the Deep & Dark Web (DDW), for example, it’s fairly straightforward for criminals to abuse stolen logins and card data to access accounts and use them in wallets such as Apple Pay.

“A lot of the hype around NFC with people bumping up against you and stealing your card number [cloning the card] is not what you see,” Rowley said. “What they tend to do is buy track data online from a card shop and take the data stolen by someone else, put it into a digital wallet app and go to a store and make purchases. It’s more about in-store carding.”

Peer-to-peer payment platforms such as PayPal-owned Venmo that allow consumers to share cash or make payments and other similar apps and wallets such as Zelle and are also being abused for cash-outs and even money laundering.

“Peer-to-peer is a big thing and a lot of financials are getting slammed with fraud,” Rowley said. “Criminals are cashing out stolen cards and accounts and sending the money to an account they control.”

Banks, meanwhile, in a rush to compete with these third-party services are starting to introduce similar apps of their own.

“There may be a lot of growing pains,” Rowley said.

Cryptocurrency exchanges have perhaps endured the most pain. Most that have been victimized were targeted by cybercriminals who find exploitable vulnerabilities in the respective platforms resulting in millions in losses, or decide to DDoS them out of business. 

A number of South Korea-based exchanges were targeted in 2017, most recently Youbit which filed for bankruptcy after hackers drained $35 million USD from the exchange.

These attacks aren’t limited to criminals either; nation-states such as North Korea are alleged to have been behind a handful of these robberies, reportedly in order to fund state-sponsored hacking efforts targeting South Korea and western interests. Flashpoint assesses that these attacks are financially motivated, and likely to continue on both the criminal and nation-state fronts.


Mike Mimoso

Editorial Director

Michael Mimoso brings over a decade of experience in IT security news reporting to Flashpoint. As Editorial Director, he collaborates with marketing, analyst, and leadership teams to share the company’s story. Prior to Flashpoint, Mike was as an Editor of Threatpost, where he covered security issues and cybercrime affecting businesses and end-users.
Prior to joining Threatpost, Mike was Editorial Director of the Security Media Group at TechTarget and Editor of Information Security magazine where he won several ASBPE national and regional writing awards. In addition, Information Security was a two-time finalist for national magazine of the year. He has been writing for business-to-business IT publications for 11 years, with a primary focus on information security.
Earlier in his career, Mike was an editor and reporter at several Boston-area newspapers. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Stonehill College in North Easton, Massachusetts. 

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