Collective Intelligence Podcast, Spanish-Language Cybercrime Underground
Live from RSA Conference 2018, Flashpoint Editorial Director Mike Mimoso interviews intelligence analyst Liv Rowley about her RSA presentation on the Spanish-language cybercrime underground.
Liv talks about the defining characteristics of the Spanish-speaking underground, where it concentrates its criminal efforts, and how the level of sophistication there compares to other regions. Liv focuses on the Cebolla Chan forum, one of the largest and most active Spanish-language forums. Cebolla Chan introduces a community feel to its large swathe of active members who use the forum to seek out advice, tutorials, recruit insiders at target organizations, sell stolen data, and even share conspiracy theories.
Finally, Liv and Mike discuss why activity on Cebolla Chan and other Spanish-speaking forums should merit the attention of defenders in the U.S., and how things such as visibility into forum activity and linguistics analysis are most helpful in fending off threats from this segment of the underground.
The Collective Intelligence Podcast, presented by Flashpoint and hosted by Editorial Director Mike Mimoso, features regular interviews with a diverse set of industry experts and Flashpoint analysts on the latest information security news and industry trends.
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.