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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.
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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 $2B of annual revenue.
Matt Devost
Currently, Devost serves as CEO & Co-Founder of OODA LLC as well as a review board member for Black Hat. In 2010, he co-founded the cybersecurity consultancy FusionX LLC which was acquired by Accenture in August 2015, where he went on to lead Accenture's Global Cyber Defense practice. Devost also founded the Terrorism Research Center in 1996 where he served as President and CEO until November 2008 and held founding or leadership roles at iDefense, iSIGHT Partners, Total Intel, SDI, Tulco Holdings, and Technical Defense.
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All About LAPSUS$: What We Know About the Extortionist Group [Updated]

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March 23, 2022

Updated March 24, 2022:

The City of London Police arrested seven individuals today, March 24, in connection with the extortionist group LAPSUS$, allegedly responsible for carrying out several high-profile attacks in recent weeks. Police revealed that all of the individuals arrested were between the ages of 16 and 21; no names are yet to be released. One of the threat actors arrested is said to have accumulated $14M as the fruits of their malicious cyber activities, according to the BBC.

On March 23, Bloomberg released an article tying the group’s ringleader to the online aliases “white” and “breachbase,” which belong to a 16-year-old UK minor. This individual was further tied to the aliases “WhiteDoxbin” and “Oklaqq” according to a KrebsOnSecurity article, also released yesterday. London Police did not reveal whether this individual was included in these arrests.

This minor was previously doxed by a rival threat actor on January 9. The doxxer purported that the alleged LAPSUS$ mastermind had purchased Doxbin, an illicit leak and dox site, which has had its issues ever since. This dox also contained personally identifiable information (PII) for the individual, but due to their underage status, Flashpoint will not be sharing this information.

The Bloomberg article also alluded to another LAPSUS$ member likely residing in Brazil, but did not provide an alias for this individual, suggesting perhaps this LAPSUS$ member may still be at large.

Yesterday LAPSUS$ made reference to a vacation being taken by some of the groups members in their Telegram channel—a probable reference to the arrests announced today. 

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LAPSUS$ is an extortionist threat group that became active on December 10, 2021. Unlike the majority of extortionist groups that typically rely on a combination of ransomware and data leaks, LAPSUS$ is focused on monetizing their operations exclusively through data leaks advertised on Telegram without the use of ransomware.

Initially, the group focused on data breaches against Latin American and Portuguese targets but in late February 2022, LAPSUS$ began widening the scope of its targeting by announcing it had successfully breached US-based graphics and computing chip manufacturer Nvidia. Since then, LAPSUS$ has continued to focus on large-scale international technology companies, including Microsoft, Okta, and Samsung, as the financial incentive for stealing source code and extorting companies for sensitive proprietary technical data is high.

Notable LAPSUS$ targets

LAPSUS$ is different from ransomware collectives in that the group is not encrypting the files of their victims, but rather gaining access to important files and threatening to leak if an extortion is not paid. 

Brazil’s Ministry of Health

LAPSUS$ claimed its first victim, Brazil’s Ministry of Health, on December 10, 2021. Since then, the group has claimed an additional 19 victims, the first 15 of which were all Latin American and Portuguese targets. 

Localiza

LAPSUS$ gained additional notoriety on when, on January 11, it began redirecting users of the official website for Localiza, one of the largest car rental conglomerates in Latin America, to a pornography site.

Vodafone Portugal

On February 8, Vodafone Portugal suffered a cyberattack impacting its 4G and 5G services. Initially, no group claimed responsibility, which was speculated to be either a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) or ransomware attack. But on February 24, LAPSUS$ admitted responsibility for the Vodafone Portugal attack on its Telegram channel.

Impresa and Confina

LAPSUS$ breached two of Portugal’s largest media companies: Impresa, on January 3 and Confina on February 6.

NVIDIA

In perhaps its most publicized attack to-date, LAPSUS$ claimed it carried out an attack against US-based graphics and computing chip manufacturer NVIDIA, successfully exfiltrated 1 TB of data from the company’s networks, including proprietary information related to NVIDIA’s GPUs, which is not set to be publicly launched for sale until March 29. Overall, LAPSUS$ has thus far released 150GB of stolen data as of this publishing.

Screenshot of LAPSUS$’s Nvidia Hack Announcement (Image: Flashpoint).

The group also offered to separately sell a bypass for Nvidia’s Lite Hash Rate (LHR) limit imposed on Nvidia GPUs to make them more ineffective for crypto mining purposes in an effort to address the global chip shortage. The group stated the minimum offer they would entertain for the LHR bypass was US$1 million. 

Samsung

On March 4, LAPSUS$ posted a message in its official Telegram channel informing subscribers that it had carried out an attack against the South Korean electronics conglomerate, Samsung. The group later leaked 189 GB of stolen Samsung data and instructed Samsung to contact the group directly to prevent further leaks.s.

On March 7, Samsung revealed that it had suffered a data breach in which source code for Samsung Galaxy mobile devices had been stolen. However, the company stated that no personal customer or employee information was compromised as part of the breach. Samsung did not name a threat group responsible for the hack.

Microsoft

On March 20, 2022, LAPSUS$ claimed to have breached one of Microsoft’s Azure DevOps accounts. Later, on March 22, LAPSUS$ leaked 37 GB of stolen data which allegedly included partial source code for Bing, Bing Maps, and Cortana.

On March 22, Microsoft released a blog post detailing LAPSUS$ and confirmed that a single account had been compromised and source code was stolen as a result. However, Microsoft stated that customer data and code theft had not been witnessed and incident responders were able to halt the malicious activity. Microsoft also stated that confidentiality of source code was not one of their security methods as access to it does not increase risk. 

Okta

On March 22, LAPSUS$ claimed to have remote access and superuser and admin privileges on multiple Okta systems. LAPSUS$ stated that it did not steal data from Okta and the group’s focus was rather on Okta customers. 

Screenshot of LAPSUS$’s Okta Hack Announcement (Image: Flashpoint).

In response to LAPSUS$’s claims, Okta issued an official statement on March 22 in which the company revealed that in late January 2022, it had detected an attempt to compromise an account belonging to a third-party customer support engineer. Okta stated that it investigated the incident and was able to contain it. The company stated that the screenshots shared by LAPSUS$ appeared to be related to this late January incident and that the company’s investigations have not identified additional evidence of current malicious activity.

LAPSUS$ and insider threats

Since LAPSUS$ became active in December 2021, they have actively sought out corporate and government insiders which could provide the group with remote internal network access. 

LAPSUS$ has emphasized that it is not interested in corporate data stolen from insiders but was specifically interested in network access, listing VPNs, Citrix, and AnyDesk as network access type examples.

On March 10, 2022, LAPSUS$ posted a advertisement (below) seeking to recruit insiders employed who could provide remote corporate network access through VPN or virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) credentials within the following sectors:

  • Telecommunications companies
  • Large software and/or gaming companies
  • Call centers and business process management (BPM) providers
  • Server hosting providers

Screenshot of LAPSUS$ insider recruitment ad (Screenshot: Flashpoint).

Even prior to this latest insider recruitment advertisement, Flashpoint has observed multiple instances of LAPSUS$ insider recruitment attempts in the LAPSUS$ Telegram group going back to the group’s founding in December 2021. For example, on December 12, 2021, the group offered to pay potential Brazilian Federal Police insiders within their Telegram group chat $15,000 for internal network access to Brazil’s Federal Police network.

Although Flashpoint has not observed an example of an insider providing LAPSUS$ with access which later led to a real world attack, it’s likely that if an insider has provided access to LAPSUS$ that has enabled an attack, these conversations likely would have taken place via private direct messages. 

Based on LAPSUS$’s history of openly soliciting for corporate network accesses, Flashpoint assesses with moderate confidence that this is at least one if not the primary method the group is gaining initial access to victim organizations. As the group has also demonstrated a preference in login credentials for remote network gateways, it’s also possible that the group could be procuring a portion of these accesses through dark web purchases such as browser stealer malware logs which are readily available for purchase on several dark web account shops and marketplaces. 

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