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Shoplifting: Defeating Theft Detection and Prevention Technology

September 14, 2017

Typically considered one of the most accessible and in many cases least-sophisticated types of crime, shoplifting persists as an undeniably damaging affliction across the retail sector. In fact, the National Retail Security Survey reported that loss of inventory cost U.S. retailers an estimated $49 billion USD in 2016, with 70 percent of the loss caused […]

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Flashpoint Engineering: Heroes of Innovation

September 13, 2017

If there’s one adjective I can consistently use to describe Flashpoint, it is the word “unique.” From our offering, our highly-skilled intelligence analysts, our breadth of customers across 20 industries, and our talent, we have created a very special approach to Business Risk Intelligence (BRI) and how we grow the company. I’ve written in the […]

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Industry Veteran Seán McGurk Joins Flashpoint to Lead Advisory Services

September 12, 2017

When we launched Flashpoint Advisory Services in January, we did it to support demand from customers seeking trusted advisors to help them develop Business Risk Intelligence (BRI) programs, as well as mitigate insider threat and physical security risks. The demand for Advisory Services has since grown exponentially, a testament, of course, to this specialized intelligence […]

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Business Risk Mitigation and Strategic Planning for a Cyber Event

September 7, 2017

Like most security and intelligence professionals, I’ve seen firsthand how cyber events can give rise to negative consequences for organizations across all sectors. I’ve also come to recognize that while we can certainly learn a great deal from past cyber events, they aren’t necessarily indicative of the threats, actors, or attacks our organizations will face […]

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M&A Due Diligence and Business Risk Intelligence: A Natural Fit

August 31, 2017

During the past year following Flashpoint’s expansion into Business Risk Intelligence (BRI), our customer base has grown to comprise distinguished organizations across 20 different verticals. Not only has this growth afforded us the privilege of getting to work closely with leading enterprises and agencies, it continues to help us develop innovative use cases for BRI. […]

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The WireX Botnet: How Industry Collaboration Disrupted a DDoS Attack

By Flashpoint Analyst Team
August 25, 2017

Introduction On August 17th, 2017, multiple Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) and content providers were subject to significant attacks from a botnet dubbed WireX. The botnet is named for an anagram for one of the delimiter strings in its command and control protocol. The WireX botnet comprises primarily Android devices running malicious applications and is designed […]

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BEC Campaigns Target Organizations Across Sectors Using Credential Phishing

In general, business email compromise (BEC) scams are widely viewed as a type of cybercrime that necessitates relatively minimal technical ability. Despite this, analysts industry-wide have observed BEC operators progressing from simple schemes such as 419 and fake lottery scams – in which unwitting victims are duped into sending payments to fraudsters after being promised […]

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Flashpoint Intelligence Academy: A Personal Approach to Intelligence

August 17, 2017

It’s often said in the professional world that something is not “personal,” and that it is “just business.” But to me, business is personal. Furthermore, as an intelligence professional, good intelligence is personal, which is why I joined Flashpoint. Having spent my career in the government and the intelligence community, as well as at a […]

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