To Continue Successful Partnership, Babel Street Renews Agreement with DarkOwl

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WASHINGTON, May 14, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Babel Street, the world's data-to-knowledge platform, today announced it has renewed its partnership with DarkOwl, the Denver-based information security company that specializes in darknet information technology, through the end of 2020.

DarkOwl's darknet database encompasses a vast amount of content from the deep and dark web and is updated in near real-time. As 96 percent of all web-based content lives within the deep web and darknet, DarkOwl offers crucial insight into what is typically considered to be an elusive space. Babel Street initially added DarkOwl as a data source in May 2018.

"From the start, to truly offer our clients the depth of knowledge available online, we knew we had to integrate dark web data into our offerings," said Jeff Chapman, CEO of Babel Street. "DarkOwl has been a trusted data partner of ours and we look forward to continuing our relationship for many years to come."

Babel Street customers are using its unique cross-lingual search, indexing and data visualization capabilities to access and understand DarkOwl data to support a range of missions:

  • Breach detection

  • Cyber attribution

  • Illicit marketplace identification

The continued DarkOwl partnership gives customers insight into this difficult, but increasingly important, segment of the information environment.

"Babel Street is a pioneer in text analytics and cross-lingual search, and by renewing our partnership, DarkOwl's darknet data will continue to increase situational cyber awareness for public and private sectors globally," said Mark Turnage, CEO of DarkOwl.

To learn more about Babel Street and its data partners, please visit www.babelstreet.comor https://www.linkedin.com/company/babel-street/.

About Babel Street
Babel Street is the world's data-to-knowledge platform. The technology enables clients to identify, organize and analyze data, regardless of its location or language. Babel Street products streamline the process of turning data into knowledge by automatically converting client selected data from over 200 languages to their native language. All publicly available or private data sources can be rapidly deciphered by Babel Street software and utilized to maximize the effectiveness of clients' decision-making processes. With the aid of Babel Street tools, analysts are able to easily filter this information to be used in an endless number of ways; everything from deriving large consumer and social trends to identifying threats to a public location or a singular person's life. The company provides organizations with the ability to activate relevant data and act on it faster than ever before. Babel Street is privately held and is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in London, Canberra and San Francisco. For more information, visit www.babelstreet.com.

About DarkOwl
DarkOwl is an information security company specializing in darknet (or "dark web") intelligence. Founded in 2009, DarkOwl offers access to Vision, the world's largest commercially-available collection of near-real time darknet content. Vision by DarkOwl enables clients to conduct investigations, monitor for their proprietary information and leaked credentials, and calculate their darknet exposure risk score.  To learn more about DarkOwl, please visit www.darkowl.com. 

New Darknet Index Report Shows Fortune 500 Companies Continue to Expose Vast Amount of Data

The latest Darknet Index report from DarkOwl re-ranks the Fortune 500 by calculating the size of each organization’s darknet footprint.

DarkOwl today announced the release of the The 2019 Darknet Index: Reranking the Fortune 500 using Darknet Intelligence. This publication marks the 3rd annual release of the series, in which DarkOwl re-ranks the Fortune 500 using DARKINT (darknet, deep web and surface net) data.
 
The darknet is a collection of networks on the internet that are purposefully hidden and are designed specifically to protect the privacy of users and traffic. As a result, the darknet has become the primary destination for the exchange of stolen and hacked data. 
 
To compile their Darknet Index, DarkOwl ran each member of this year’s Fortune 500 list through the their proprietary DarkOwl Vision database, calculating a DARKINT Score for each company. Their scoring methodology adjusts for Hackishness – or the propensity that the information could be used for criminal activity – as well as the recency and quantity of the results. The final score is ultimately representative of the organization’s overall exposure on the darknet.
 
“Using DARKINT Scores, we have come up with a way to comprehensively measure a company’s presence on the darknet and thereby analyze how a company’s darknet exposure affects their overall cybersecurity posture.” said Mark Turnage, CEO of DarkOwl.
 
The study revealed several insights, including:
 

  • The average Fortune 500 company is still exposed on the darknet, and to a greater degree than ever. Average scores show that there is over three times more information on the darknet for the typical firm as compared to a year ago.

  • Frontier Communications has the largest darknet footprint. For the second year in a row, Frontier Communications is the top scoring company in the index.

  • Stock price declines might be correlated with higher DARKINT scores. Of note, while the broader stock market lost 2% since our last analysis, the top 50 DARKINT ranked firms lost an average of 8.1%.

  • Technology and telecommunications companies account for all 5 of the highest scoring firms, indicating that they are the most attractive sectors to threat actors.

  • Financial firms are now just average in their darknet profile. Last year 3 of the top 10 scores were financial. This year, their worst performer is Wells Fargo which comes in at #12.

  • Hacked valuable data = Increased risk. The highest scoring companies all had credentials and/or intellectual property exposed on the darknet, which can be monetized by others.

 
“Over the years we have found that these scores correlate very well with risk, and as a result we recently launched our DARKINT Score product, which allows cyber insurance industry to retrieve scores for organizations with whom they are doing business, providing a unique insight into ongoing darknet exposure,” Turnage added.
 
To read the full study, visit https://scores.darkowl.com/2019-fortune-500-darknet-index.

New Darknet Cyber Risk Scoring Tool - Darknet Intelligence Firm DarkOwl Announces Product Release

DARKINT™ Scores are the first security benchmarking tool rating organizations based on the extent and severity of their darknet exposure.


Denver, Colorado, USA – WEBWIRE – Tuesday, April 2, 2019

DarkOwl today announced the release of a new darknet exposure measurement, DARKINT Scores, which calculates an organization’s darknet footprint and converts it to a numerical value. This score is an indicator of a company’s darknet posture at the time of calculation and can be monitored over time.

Similar to a credit score, a DARKINT Score is a clear and simple data point that will help the users better measure and understand a company’s business risk on the darknet. Scores can also be utilized for self-risk assessments, brand monitoring, vendor risk management, and cyber underwriting and risk rating.

“With threat actors and security vulnerabilities becoming ever more prevalent and advanced in the darknet, cybersecurity professionals increasingly need defensible metrics on an organization’s darknet digital footprint. We believe that DARKINT Scores will help to solve this problem by providing a more wholistic picture of a company’s overall cyber risk,” said Mark Turnage, President and CEO of DarkOwl.

Scores are generated using DarkOwl’s extensive collection of DARKINT content – from the darknet, deep web and high-risk surface net– with the final numerical value representative of a company’s overall darknet exposure. The methodology for score calculation uses a formula that takes into account the quantity and latency of darknet data related to a particular organization, as well as the Hackishness™ of the results, which indicate how likely the company’s exposed data could be used for criminal activity.

“We’re excited to offer DARKINT Scores as means of helping businesses and organizations think about their cyber security posture from the perspective of darknet intelligence,” Turnage added. “The information security industry has long understood that the darknet is, for the most part, a haven for criminal activity. Now, by having a viable method to calculate the size of an organization’s footprint on the darknet and deep web, we have a means of treating the existence of a company’s data on the darknet as the threat indicator we’ve long known it to be.”

DARKINT Scores can be accessed and delivered either via DarkOwl’s Scores API, or via their DarkOwl Vision web application.

For more information, please visit https://scores.darkowl.com or email Leah Meredith at marketing[at]darkowl.com.

Darknet Provider Announces Integration with Canadian Company’s Digital Threat Intelligence Platform

Open-source threat intelligence specialists at LifeRaft have announced their partnership with the leading darknet-data provider, DarkOwl.

Halifax, Canada and Denver, Colorado, USA – WEBWIRE – Wednesday, February 27, 2019

DarkOwl, a Denver based information security company that specializes in darknet information technology, today announced their partnership with LifeRaft, a leading open source intelligence provider for corporate security. DarkOwl provides the world’s largest commercially-available database of DARKINT™ (darknet, deep web, and high-risk surface websites) content and the tools and services to efficiently find leaked or otherwise compromised sensitive data on the darknet.

This partnership embeds the darknet intelligence capabilities of DarkOwl’s Vision platform into LifeRaft’s proprietary platform, Navigator. With the complete dataset of DarkOwl’s DARKINT now being accessible within Navigator, LifeRaft can further empower organizations to protect their people and assets.

Through their proprietary Navigator platform, LifeRaft customers are able to leverage this dataset to search and track important information that could potentially expose them to serious risk. LifeRaft customers can now easily search otherwise unsearchable darknet content, as DARKINT has been strategically categorized within Navigator to allow users to find content such as secure credentials, personal information, intellectual property, stolen credit cards or counterfeit documents, malware and viruses, and related threat actor chatter.

“This partnership empowers us to put vital, full-scope threat intelligence into the hands of as many organizations as possible,” says Mark Turnage, Chief Executive Officer at DarkOwl. “We look forward to continuing to expand our darknet intelligence offering within LifeRaft’s Navigator platform and in doing so, bolstering them as the leading provider of open source intelligence in the industry.”

Both LifeRaft and DarkOwl look forward to leveraging their shared partnership to enable greater access to darknet data and, in doing so, strengthening the capabilities of threat intelligence teams globally. For more information, please contact Melissa[at]LifeRaftInc.com or Leah.Meredith[at]DarkOwl.com.

About LifeRaft

Based out of Nova Scotia, Canada, LifeRaft was incorporated in 2014 with a clear objective to advance corporate security. We deliver solutions to organizations that allow them to respond appropriately to the challenges they face from the global adoption of open source channels.

For more information, please consult www.liferaftinc.com

About DarkOwl LLC

DarkOwl (formerly Owl Cybersecurity) is based in Denver, Colorado and provides darknet threat intelligence data which allows companies and organizations to understand their own digital risks. DarkOwl’s data platform allows companies to see the theft, breach, or otherwise compromised proprietary data on the darknet, thus allowing them to mitigate damage prior to the information being misused. The DarkOwl database is believed to be the largest database of darknet content available to commercial users.

For more information, please consult:  www.darkowl.com

Hitachi Systems Security and DarkOwl Announce Partnership to Enhance Security Services with Darknet Intelligence

Montreal, Canada and Denver, Colorado, USA – January 9, 2019 — Hitachi Systems Security Inc., a global IT security service provider specialized in 24/7 managed security services and strategic security consulting, today announced its partnership with DarkOwl LLC, a Denver-based cybersecurity company specializing in darknet intelligence information.

The objective of this partnership is to leverage darknet intelligence to augment Hitachi Systems Security’s managed security service offering to empower organizations to continually improve their cybersecurity defenses against threats, breaches and intrusions.

DarkOwl provides the world’s largest commercially-available database of DARKINT™ (darknet, deep web and high-risk surface websites) content and the tools and services to efficiently find leaked or otherwise compromised sensitive data on the darknet. This can include secure credentials, personal information, intellectual property, stolen credit cards or counterfeit documents. By shortening the timeframe to detection of compromised data on the darknet, organizations can swiftly detect security gaps and mitigate damage prior to misuse of their data.

Hitachi Systems Security will be leveraging the DarkOwl Vision platform to embed darknet intelligence capabilities into its proprietary ArkAngel platform. Together, ArkAngel and DarkOwl Vision will correlate external threats from the darknet with current activities in the customer environment to identify potential indicators of compromise and facilitate proactive threat hunting.

By embedding darknet intelligence into its managed security service offering, Hitachi Systems Security will be able to gather critical and timely intelligence from darknet sites, such as Tor, I2p, IRC, ZeroNet, insecure FTP sites and Pastebin, as well as from authenticated forums. The new darknet intelligence capability will be available for integration to all managed security service customers across all sizes, geographies and verticals.

Fadi Albatal, Chief Strategy Officer at Hitachi Systems Security, said that “in this day and age, data has become a true commodity that is sold on the black market for criminal purposes. Darknet intelligence has emerged as a critical factor for effective and thoroughly-executed security services. We are happy to team up with DarkOwl to gain timely and meaningful intelligence that is targeted to our customers to help our global customer base strengthen their cybersecurity defenses.”

Mark Turnage, Chief Executive Officer at DarkOwl, added that “DarkOwl is very pleased to partner with Hitachi Systems Security in this effort. With the steady growth of threats to organizations and companies emanating from the darknet, monitoring the darknet and converting this intelligence to actionable information is critical for any cybersecurity policy.”

As part of their darknet intelligence partnership, both organizations are also planning to collaborate on a series of global darknet intelligence reports for Canada, Japan and the Caribbean. Details will be communicated shortly.

 

About Hitachi Systems Security Inc.

Founded in 1999, Hitachi Systems Security Inc. is a Global IT Security Service Provider who builds and delivers customized services for monitoring and protecting the most critical and sensitive IT assets in our clients’ infrastructures 24/7. Hitachi Systems Security was founded with one simple mission in mind – to make the internet a safer place for all. Now, our team of security experts helps our customers in over 50 countries to secure their critical data and strengthen their cybersecurity posture against security breaches, data leaks and intrusions. We are passionate about delivering converged cybersecurity services to address the security challenges of today and tomorrow and propel your business to the next level all while securing your IT, OT and IoT environments.

For more information, please consult: www.hitachi-systems-security.com

 

About DarkOwl LLC

DarkOwl (formerly Owl Cybersecurity) is based in Denver, Colorado and provides darknet threat intelligence data which allows companies and organizations to understand their own digital risks. DarkOwl’s data platform allows companies to see the theft, breach, or otherwise compromised proprietary data on the darknet, thus allowing them to mitigate damage prior to the information being misused. The DarkOwl database is believed to be the largest database of darknet content available to commercial users.

For more information, please consult: www.darkowl.com

 

Press Contacts

Katharina Gerberding, Hitachi Systems Security Inc., +1-450-434-8062, katharina.gerberding@hitachi-systems-security.com

Leah Meredith, DarkOwl LLC, +1-716-536-2821, leah.meredith@darkowl.com

The Cambridge Analytica Data pales in comparison to the sensitive data that is for sale on the dark web

The psychographic data -where you live, your likes, dislikes, and birthday- obtained by facebook and harvested by Cambridge Analytica is most likely not on the dark web. Criminals buying data from the dark web are primarily interested in data such which can be immediately monetized, such as credit card numbers and social security numbers. Read the full article below to hear from Mark Turnage, CEO of DarkOwl, about the Cambridge Analytica data and your personal information on the dark web.

 

Cambridge Analytica spent $444,000 helping republicans in Colorado win key political races

Cambridge Analytica created “psychographic” profiles, based off of data collected from Facebook and voting records, to target voters in battleground districts. With the help of Cambridge Analytica, Republicans won a one-vote majority in the state chamber for the first time in a decade. Following their work in Colorado, Cambridge Analytica was hired to help President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign. 

As cryptocurrencies grow, so does the demand to track their users

As newer cryptocurrencies begin to creep up, law enforcement agencies want the same capabilities targeting the newer technology.

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Launched in 2014, Monero is a cryptocurrency built fundamentally built to be private and untraceable. Zcash, a much-hyped 2016 addition to the cryptocurrency world, boasts similar privacy goals and is designed by a team of highly-respected academics in the U.S. and Israel.

“Monero in particular [is gaining adoption],” said Andrew Lewman, previously the director of Tor and now a vice president at the dark net intelligence firm DarkOwl. “One or two [criminal] marketplaces have played with Zcash but Monero is becoming much more popular and there is a marketplace that only does Monero now because bitcoin is easy to trace through the blockchain.”


OWL Cybersecurity Announces Name Change to DarkOwl

New Branding Reflects Commitment to Darknet Expertise

 

 

DENVER—(WEBWIRE)—September 26, 2017—

OWL Cybersecurity, a Denver-based cybersecurity company offering the world’s largest commercially available database of darknet content, announced today it is changing its name to DarkOwl. The new name better reflects its focus on darknet expertise. The change is effective immediately.

“We’re delighted to announce this effort which helps us better align to our core mission of providing the world’s greatest darknet expertise, ” said CEO, Mark Turnage. “Clients and employees alike are drawn to DarkOwl by our darknet expertise. It makes sense for us to adopt this as our branding with our forward moving momentum.”

OWL Cybersecurity will change its corporate website from owlcyber.com to darkowl.com, and its flagship darknet platform, OWL Vision, will change to DarkOwl Vision.

DarkOwl is based in Denver, Colorado and provides darknet threat intelligence data and services to allow companies and organizations to understand and mitigate their own digital risks. DarkOwl’s data platform allows companies to see in real-time the theft, breach, or other compromise of their proprietary data on the darknet, allowing them to both mitigate damage prior to the information being misused and to highlight gaps in their cybersecurity perimeter. This database is believed to be the largest database of darknet content available to commercial users. DarkOwl complements this with a full range of cybersecurity consulting services. For more information, visit www.darkowl.com.

 

 

Password expert says he was wrong: Numbers, capital letters and symbols are useless

Channel 9 News visited the OWL Cybersecurity headquarters to interview Vice President Andrew Lewman on a recent admission from Bill Burr, the creator of the most common modern day password standards, who now feels that his initial guidelines do not hold weight in the current cyber environment.

For the many of us who still follow Burr's old template for strong passwords, Lewman offers advice on how you can improve upon your personal password-creation procedure, Jessica Oh reports


OWL Cybersecurity Announces Darknet Index Ranking Government Agencies by Darknet Footprint

The Darknet Index: U.S. Government Edition measures the darknet exposure of 59 large divisions of the U.S. Government


DENVER—(WEBWIRE)—August 8, 2017—

OWL Cybersecurity, a Denver-based cybersecurity company offering the world’s largest commercially available database of darknet data, today announced the upcoming release of The Darknet Index: U.S. Government Edition, ranking 59 agencies by exposed data on the darknet and security threat levels.
 
To compile the index, OWL Cybersecurity ran each government agency through its proprietary OWL Vision database, focusing on specific darknets for matches on each company’s website and email domains. OWL Cybersecurity then further adjusted the results based on computations of “hackishness"— a proprietary algorithmic rating system which delivers scores based on the likelihood that data could be used for nefarious intent and how recently the data was made available, with recent breaches or data leaks containing an organization’s proprietary information given the most weight.
 
Having recently reranked the Fortune 500 on this basis, OWL Cybersecurity examined the U.S. Government to see whether its agencies have a markedly different darknet footprint than previously released indices.
 
“These results are not encouraging given the amount of money the [U.S.] government spends on cybersecurity,” said Mark Turnage, CEO of OWL Cybersecurity. “With higher darknet footprint scores than even the largest commercial sectors, it is critical that these agencies look at the darknet as a key component of a complete information security program.”
 
Preliminary insights from the index include:

  • The U.S. Navy leads the Index. It has the most extensive darknet footprint of all of the government agencies examined.
  • The U.S. Government scored worse than expected as compared to the largest U.S. companies. The U.S. Government averaged 1.6 points higher than the average Fortune 500 company, meaning that the government has a comparably larger amount of darknet exposure.
  • Military and defense groups overall are the largest target, closely followed by Cabinet agencies. A target’s attractiveness stems from the desirability of its protected information. Whether personal or proprietary, it would appear that the groups more closely linked to defense have data that cyber criminals find attractive.

Based on the results of OWL Cybersecurity’s Government Darknet Index, it is apparent that the company’s approach is a key factor in a complete information security approach. This tactic also offers a glimpse into the sheer volume of information available on the darknet, confirming that no company or organization is without risk on the darknet — not even cybersecurity organizations. Analyzing and monitoring darknet data is an integral part of a complete cybersecurity program, allowing organizations to quickly detect security gaps and mitigate damage prior to the misuse of their compromised data.
 
OWL Cybersecurity is based in Denver, Colorado and provides darknet threat intelligence data and services to allow companies and organizations to understand and mitigate their own digital risks. OWL Cybersecurity’s data platform allows companies to see in real-time the theft, breach, or other compromise of their proprietary data on the darknet, thus allowing them to both mitigate damage prior to the information being misused and to highlight gaps in their cybersecurity perimeter. This database is believed to be the largest database of darknet content available to commercial users. OWL Cybersecurity complements this with a full range of cybersecurity consulting services, including security assessments, penetration testing, application and code review, incident response, and digital forensics. For more information, visit www.owlcyber.com.