OpenBazaar is a network for trading and transacting online that might be confused for a Dark Web marketplace. While OpenBazaar does share some similarities with Darknet markets, there are key differences that set it apart. Where both are concerned, security professionals ought to be paying attention. OpenBazaar blends the secrecy of Silk Road with the mainstream appeal of Ebay. It is much easier to use, both for sellers and store operators. Street drugs, counterfeit and stolen goods can all be sold on OpenBazaar and given the way OpenBazaar works, it is likely that they will be difficult to find unless you know where to look.
The Internet turns 30 this week. At Thred, we believe the Internet, like all technology, is neutral. It has no personality, no identity, no value, beyond that which we endow it. Like Schrodinger’s cat, it is neither one thing or another, or it is both, until we open the box. The Internet is a reflection of our diverse society, where some will do harm and most will not. With this in mind, we are taking a look back at other neutral technologies and mediums that would not exist without the World Wide Web.
When most people think about the Dark Web, they conjure up a specific image. You know the one. The faceless hacker in the dark room in front of a keyboard.
The reality, however, is infinitely more complex. Some of what happens on the Dark Web is downright mundane. Just your run-of-the-mill privacy conscious folks looking to communicate securely on the Internet. On the other hand, some Dark Web users are hackers up to no good, accessing networks and obtaining confidential information for fun or profit. At its most extreme, you have malicious actors using the Dark Web to perpetrate crimes that impact the safety and well-being of public and private organizations and individuals in the real world.
Thred will be exhibiting at the RSA Conference from March 5-6, 2018 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA. Visit booth #4 in the Early Stage Expo to get more insights on how to make informed security and risk management decisions.
The latest white paper from Thred, “Untangling The Web: Where To Get Started With Online Investigation,” will help you find out where and how to get started in making better use of the Internet in assessing risk and investigating threats and attacks.
The Challenge: A top American University is a home to over 28,000 students and 1,500 staff members. Its campus expands to 960 acres with 285 buildings, 13 of which are student residences. Having visibility and awareness of campus events and activities is critical to the protection for all. The university also recognized how essential it is to have clarity and insights on social media platforms for the increased security and safety of its campus and student body.
The Solution: The University understood the need to have a digital risk investigation tool which enabled them to apply advanced algorithms to large volumes of unstructured data. As a result, they reached out to thred to help them gain access to online insights. thred equipped the University with the insights for the security and risk management needs and team.
Your company most likely has IT security tools used to plug into the network infrastructure. But that often doesn’t tell security analysts any information about the source of the attack or who it is that has indirect access. Most importantly, the tools don’t provide the data and insights you need to a proactive threat intelligence strategy. You need a provider that can provide a healthy balance between a high volume of cyber threat intelligence and targeted threat intelligence.
The dark web is the new Wild West and, much like pioneers who pushed the boundaries along the American frontier, settlers of the dark web object to limitations and obstacles upon their freedom. The road must be open.
Even though the dark web has been around for a while, it has recently piqued the attention of mainstream web users and businesses alike. “This is driven by a few things,” explains Tyler Logtenberg, Senior Product Manager at thred. “Modern television depicts the dark web as ‘mysterious’. And hacker groups like ‘Anonymous’ have become a ‘hip’ part of youth culture. Also, some high-profile breaches, threats, and investigations have originated on the dark web.”
Based on current media coverage, when you say “campus safety measures” people automatically assume you are only talking about gun control. And while it is a concerning issue, some research actually says that campuses are safer now than they ever have been.
There are many things that make schools safe: attentive staff and educators, students who care about each other, campuses that are both accessible but secure, and communities who are also invested in the safety of the campuses and students. This can seem overwhelming but there are ways to integrate this multi-layered approach to campus safety. All stakeholders should be involved whenever possible and provide input to improve current safety measures as well as identify where there may be gaps as it relates to emergency management. Reaching out to different groups for their top concerns and potential solutions builds a better framework for overall safety.
Today’s online reality and fast-paced business environment drives the need to take an intelligence-led approach when mitigating and managing risk across an organization. As the risk and security landscape continues to broaden, teams must shift from being reactive to being pro-active; collaborating across business units to identify requirements, collecting information from internal and external sources, and analyzing results.
Leveraging the insights gained from an intelligence-led strategy, allows risk and security professionals to be better equipped to mitigate and manage risk across their organization. Toni Chrabot, CEO Risk Confidence Group LLC and former FBI field executive, explains how this works.