With all the efforts put into cybersecurity, the amount of breaches continues to rise. An activist approach, that is knowing in advance about the potential threats and threat actors – or cyber threat intelligence – is increasingly becoming a way companies and organizations want to go to protect themselves. Cyber threats emanating from the Deep and Dark Web, are a subset of the threats out there that a threat intelligence picture can go a long way to preventing or mitigating damage if the attack already happened. While the Surface Web refers to everything indexable on Google, it is only 4% of what is out there. 96% is the Deep Web, which is anything that is hidden behind a password, like your email, LinkedIn, connection to your bank. The Dark Web, is a subset of the Deep Web and is both anonymous and encrypted and you need a special browser such as TOR to gain access to it. Sixgill offers a deep and dark web threat intelligence platform that monitors sites in these locations and analyzes the dangers and presents a comprehensive threat intelligence picture.
Sixgill’s approach is to monitor a very large amount of forums and marketplaces, IRC channels, pastebin sites and more, that are on the deep and dark web as well as a variety of Surface Web social media sites, where the threat actors are active. The Dark Web provides an anonymous and encrypted environment, making it a haven for cyber criminals. By first monitoring the data and then extracting it to an external database which is constantly growing and finally analyzing it with big data analytics and artificial intelligence, the Sixgill platform is able to automate work that investigators would take a very long time to accomplish and to provide real time prioritized alerts when threats come up on these sites. Having this threat intelligence provides organizations the opportunity to take the necessary cybersecurity steps required to protect themselves or mitigate damage if the attacks have already occurred. Most companies are being breached today at some point and most don’t even know it.
There are only a handful of companies worldwide doing deep and dark web threat intelligence. Several of them are Israeli. Our main competitors include companies such as Flashpoint, Digital Shadows, Recorded Future and IntSights.
Sixgill is unique in that it treats the dark web like a social network and therefore analyzes the social behavior of the threat actors who leave their digital footprints on these dark web forums and marketplaces in ways that allow for presenting a comprehensive threat intelligence picture of threats emanating from those sources.
There are so many concerns today that its hard to put a finger on what the greatest one is, though research will point to the complexity of the IT system which has so many potential points of attack or the constantly evolving threats which make it so hard to keep the pace, are at the top of the list. Certainly, the human factor should be added to that list in that we are all human and careless and can’t possibly be aware of all the things that we do or don’t do that may leave us or our organizations vulnerable to attack, but we need to be, because this is one of the main ways we and our organizations are being exploited.
We many times do have breaking news. Just a couple of weeks ago, we were among the first companies to talk about the effect of the volatility of Bitcoins on Dark Web markets. We issued a report that can be accessed at this link.
Here is a link to a ZDNet article that came out about the subject quoting our analyst who wrote the report:
A couple of months ago, we broke a story about ISIS, whose many groups and supporters our platform is tracking on Telegram, openly threatening to harm 4-year-old Prince George in the UK. The story was all over the news.
Here is a link to one of the stories. https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/655873/kate-middleton-news-isis-threatens-prince-george-royal-family-terror-school-battersea
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