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The Many Faces of Cryptocurrency

January 29, 2018

While it may be a bit harsh to label it the currency of crime, Bitcoin and its dozens of cryptocash cousins certainly have an underworld appeal. Profit-motivated cybercriminals are drawn to its decentralized nature and the anonymity that it affords. Cryptocurrency also simplifies cashing out for the bad guys, and the potential for extortion through […]

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Evaluating the Vulnerabilities Equities Process and Policy

November 28, 2017

As 2017 draws toward an end, we are reminded of the large-scale cyber attacks that have affected the government, private business, and consumers. Ransomware strains such as WannaCry and NotPetya are particularly memorable for their destructive capabilities and rampant propagation through a Microsoft Windows vulnerability. In response, the United States government has been compelled to […]

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Fentanyl Sales in the Deep & Dark Web

July 28, 2017

As the U.S. opioid epidemic persists, the drugs that are fueling the crisis have found a customer base in Deep & Dark Web (DDW) marketplaces. Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid more potent than heroin, is one such drug that is being sold in underground marketplaces. Fentanyl is sold in various illicit marketplaces. For years, surface web […]

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New Version of “Trickbot” Adds Worm Propagation Module

July 27, 2017

On July 27, 2017, in coordination with Luciano Martins, Director of Cyber Risk Services at Deloitte, Flashpoint observed a new version – “1000029” – of the formidable “Trickbot” banking Trojan with a new “worm64Dll” module, spread via the email spam vector, impersonating invoices from a large international financial institution. Image 1: The latest Trickbot tt0002 […]

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U.S. DOJ Announces Takedowns of AlphaBay and Hansa Underground Markets

On July 20, 2017, at 10:00 AM EST, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a joint international law enforcement operation resulting in the takedown of the AlphaBay Market. Formerly the most popular underground market in the Deep & Dark Web (DDW), AlphaBay facilitated numerous illicit activities, including narcotics trafficking and the sale of vast […]

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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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Linguistic Analysis of WannaCry Ransomware Messages Suggests Chinese-Speaking Authors

Since the May 12, 2017, “WannaCry” ransomware worm attack, researchers have struggled with the question of attribution. As of this writing, a number of researchers have linked the activity to the suspected North Korean-affiliated “Lazarus Group” due to similarities in the code and the infrastructure. Flashpoint analysts conducted similar analyses, but also included a linguistic […]

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Flashpoint’s Inaugural Business Risk Intelligence — Decision Report

January 11, 2017

Cybercriminals, jihadists, nation-state cyber actors, hacktivists, and cyber attention-seekers received widespread global attention throughout 2016, laying the foundation for what is already shaping up to be an eventful and challenging 2017. Consequently, the resulting complexity of the current geopolitical and cyber threat climate has led many decision-makers to reevaluate the role of cybersecurity within their […]

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