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Cyber Jihadists Dabble in DDoS: Assessing the Threat

July 13, 2017

Recent events suggest that while cyber jihadists appear to remain of low skill and under-sophisticated, their toolset is expanding. Between December 2016 and January 2017, two distinct pro-ISIS cyber threat groups experimented with distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks and achieved limited apparent successes. Although the attacks have since ceased, these actors have expressed interest […]

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FPCollab: Intelligence Sharing for Risk, Security and Business Leaders

July 6, 2017

Information sharing in security and intelligence, as we all know, is critical to ensuring the success of defenders of both public and private organizations. This concept has become even more evident in the last twelve months following our expansion into Business Risk Intelligence (BRI). While traditional applications of cyber threat intelligence are largely tactical, indicator-centric, […]

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Business Risk Intelligence: Finished, Strategic, and Critical for Protection Across the Enterprise

June 26, 2017

Business Risk Intelligence, or BRI, is something we often discuss. BRI is not only our vision for providing better, more contextual intelligence across the enterprise, but it’s something that we currently execute for numerous customers across 18 verticals. The adoption of BRI in the last year has been rapid, as more end users seek help after […]

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WikiLeaks Publishes CIA Documents Detailing “Brutal Kangaroo” Tool and LNK Exploits

On June 22, 2017, WikiLeaks released a new cache of documents detailing four tools allegedly used by the CIA as part of its ongoing “Vault 7” campaign. The leaked tools are named “EzCheese,” “Brutal Kangaroo,” “Emotional Simian,” and “Shadow.” When used in combination, these tools can be used to attack systems that are air-gapped by […]

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Flashpoint at CISO Forum in Half Moon Bay: All about Business Risk… and Golf.

June 22, 2017

A significant amount of small security conferences focus on educating and supporting the unique role of the chief information security officer, or CISO. While many have their significant benefits, one is at the top of my list: SecurityWeek’s CISO Forum. CISO Forum is one of the truly exclusive executive leadership forums for security leadership and strategy. […]

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Business Risk Intelligence Decision Report: 2017 Mid-Year Update

June 13, 2017

On January 11, we released our inaugural Business Risk Intelligence (BRI) – Decision Report. This report highlighted significant events and trends across the cyber threat and geopolitical landscape in 2016; it was intended to serve as a starting point to help both enterprise and public sector decision-makers assess and manage risk more effectively. In this […]

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“Necurs” Botnet Fuels Massive Spam Campaigns Spreading “Jaff” Ransomware

Starting on May 11, 2017, Flashpoint analysts observed several large spam campaigns originating from the Necurs botnet that aim to dupe recipients into opening malicious attachments that infect their computers with “Jaff” ransomware. These spam campaigns feature a multi-stage infection chain including a PDF file, a malicious Microsoft Office document, and finally, the Jaff ransomware […]

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New Leadership Reinforces Flashpoint’s Commitment to Product and People

June 1, 2017

Achieving sustainable growth remains one of the most persistent challenges facing business leaders, myself included. Following Flashpoint’s expansion into Business Risk Intelligence (BRI) and record-breaking 2016, the rapid growth of our customer base and subsequent milestones have helped me recognize that ultimately, sustainable growth requires two things: the right product and the right people. Developing […]

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