Members of OWL Cybersecurity’s Technical Teams to Present at DEFCON 25

DENVER—(WEBWIRE)—July 24, 2017— OWL Cybersecurity, a Denver-based cybersecurity company offering the world’s largest commercially available database of darknet data, today announced members of the company’s technical teams will be presenting at DEFCON 25, the oldest continuously running hacker convention, July 27-July 30 at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.

OWL Cybersecurity members will be presenting a discussion on operational security titled, “From OPSUCK to OPSEXY, an OPSEC Primer” on Friday, July 28 at 1 p.m. PST at DEFCON Skytalks in Caesar’s Palace. The discussion will be led by Justin Whitehead, Steve Pordon and Preston Nelson, all of OWL Cybersecurity, and will focus on first-hand experiences in the information security industry to help people gain a better understanding of threats and how to protect against them. 

Whitehead will also be teaching at DEFCON R00tz Asylum with the Drone Wars team at 1 p.m. PST in Caesar’s Palace on Saturday, July 29. Whitehead will teach an introduction to setting up the Raspberry Pi 3 and discuss how the computers can be used in the world of drones. The talk and workstation will offer flight simulators, as well as construction and operation projects using drone build kits, custom 3D-printed designs (you can print your own at the event), Raspberry Pi build kits and drone racing. Attendees will learn about remote camera setup and functions, real flight controllers, simulated flights and drone functions, as well as exciting adaptations. Drone race winners will leave with a custom drone build kit plus remote or a Raspberry Pi.

“We are thrilled to contribute to this con that brings together the best and the brightest of the infosec community for what is, undoubtedly, one of the most anticipated events among colleagues and friends,” said Whitehead. “This is one of the only conferences where we can race drones one second, and then share real-world experiences to help each other become more effective in our work.”

In addition to all the activities, the OWL Cybersecurity research team will unveil their unique Kali Linux distribution and delivery/deployment adaptation at the convention.


OWL Cybersecurity Announces Darknet Index Ranking Black Hat USA 2017 Exhibitors By Darknet Footprint and Security Threat Levels

DENVER—(WEBWIRE)—July 21, 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 Black Hat USA 2017 Darknet Index, ranking all 283 exhibitors by exposed data on the darknet and security threat levels.

The complete Black Hat 2017 Darknet Index will be released for public download on Friday, July 27, but will be available to all Black Hat exhibitors and attendees at OWL Cybersecurity’s booth, 973 in the Business Hall, during the conference. To compile the index, OWL Cybersecurity ran each exhibiting company 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 Black Hat USA 2017 exhibitors to see whether they have a markedly different darknet footprint than their other indices.

“We are seeing time and again in these indices that the majority of companies and organizations — even those in the cybersecurity space — have a presence on the darknet and therefore are at risk,” said Mark Turnage, CEO of OWL Cybersecurity. “It is critical for organizations to look at the darknet as a key component of a complete information security program.”

Preliminary insights from the index include:

  • The Black Hat exhibitors scored better than expected when compared to the largest U.S. companies.
  • The government isn’t scoring well. There are a few U.S. government agencies ranking highly in the Black Hat Darknet Index, indicating a larger presence of exposed data on the darknet. OWL Cybersecurity will be releasing a U.S. Government index next month.
  • Large organizations expanding into cybersecurity are top targets. Due to the significant amount of sensitive information or intellectual property these organizations possess, and the difficulty securing, cybercriminals increasingly turn to large organizations to commit cybercrime.

Based on the results of OWL Cybersecurity’s Black Hat 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.

To keep up-to-date with the release of the Black Hat Darknet Index, please visit owlcyber.com/black-hat-2017.


Reports: Reliance Jio deals with possible data breach

Kelly Hill, journalist with RCR Wireless New, yesterday posted an article about a possible customer data breach at Reliance Jio, India's "fastest growing new [wireless] market entrant." In the article, Kelly also references our Darknet Index.

OWL Cybersecurity recently identified telecom carriers among the companies most at risk for hacked data to end up on the darknet.
— RCR Wireless

Google, Apple, Facebook and eBay are among the tech firms most at risk to hackers, report says

Gina Hall highlights The OWL Cybersecurity Darknet Index in her latest article with the publication, sharing our findings with the Silicon Valley crowd in the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

Silicon Valley’s top tech firms, including Google and Apple, have massive “darknet” footprints, making them major targets for hackers, according to a new report from a cybersecurity firm.
— SVBJ

Report: The darknet contains a vast treasure trove of stolen Fortune 500 data

Brandon Vigliarolo takes a deeper dive into the OWL Cybersecurity Darknet Index, in his new article for TechRepublic. The piece, and its accompanying image gallery, take a look at what the numbers in the Darknet Index mean, the top 10 most darknet-exposed Fortune 500 companies, and how TechRepublic readers can minimize their darknet footprint.

Read the full article here

Tor's ex-director: 'The criminal use of Tor has become overwhelming'

OWL Cybersecurity Vice President Andrew Lewman shared his thoughts on the current state and future of the darknet with Cyberscoop News. As the former Director of the Tor Project, Andrew is uniquely positioned to provide expert commentary on the elusive world of hidden services and the criminal activity that often takes place there.

It’s very hard to change a mindset if the first time you’re introduced to Tor is while tracking down a criminal,” Lewman explained in a 2010 blog post. “You may assume only criminals use Tor (you would be wrong). If we can talk to law enforcement first, they may look at Tor in a different light.
— Andrew Lewman, VP of OWL Cybersecurity

OWL Cybersecurity Launches Darknet Index: Reranking the Fortune 500 by Darknet Footprint and Security Threat Levels

DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--OWL Cybersecurity, a Denver-based cybersecurity company offering the world’s largest commercially available database of darknet data, today announced the release of The OWL Cybersecurity Darknet Index: Reranking the Fortune 500 using Darknet Intelligence (DARKINT™), a study that assessed each company in the 2017 Fortune 500 list and ranked each company based on company data exposed on the darknet.

The darknet is a collection of networks on the internet that are purposefully hidden, designed specifically for anonymity. Unlike the surface web (public information available to search engines) and the deep web (online information requiring credentials, like banking sites or paid firewalls), the darknet is only accessible with special tools and software. As a result, the anonymity of the darknet facilitates the exchange of large amounts of stolen and hacked data. The presence of a company’s data on the darknet, and the extent of that presence, is one measure of cybersecurity risk.

To compile the Darknet Index, OWL Cybersecurity ran each member of the 2017 Fortune 500 through the company’s proprietary OWL Vision database and adjusted their results based on computations of “hackishness”— a proprietary algorithmic rating system which scores based on the likelihood that data could be used for nefarious intent and how recently the data was made available, with recent results given the most weight.

“Until now, there hasn’t been an easy way to comprehensively measure a company’s presence on the darknet,” said Mark Turnage, CEO of OWL Cybersecurity. “Using our proprietary database of darknet content, combined with our hackishness algorithm, we are able to provide companies with customized Darknet Index scores that allow them to measure the efficacy of their cybersecurity efforts over time, and how they compare to other companies in similar industries.”

The study revealed that every company on the Fortune 500 is exposed on the darknet. Additional insights from the study include:

  • Amazon leads the index. The company with the largest darknet footprint is online retailer Amazon, who has a massive internet presence and possesses significant customer data.
  • Technology and telecommunications companies overall are the largest target. Technology and telecommunication firms have the highest Darknet Index scores, indicating that they are the most attractive firms targeted by threat actors.
  • Financial firms perform better than expected. Financial firms — frequent targets of hackers — fare better than expected, likely reflecting their focus on significant investment in cybersecurity in recent years.
  • 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.
  • Vigilance pays off. Investing in cybersecurity has tangible Darknet Index score benefits. Sectors which have invested heavily have, in some cases, smaller darknet footprints and, thus, lower Index ratings.

Based on the results of OWL Cybersecurity’s Darknet Index, it is apparent that DARKINT is a key factor in a complete information security approach. This fact also offers a glimpse into the sheer volume of information available on the darknet and confirms that no company or organization is without risk on the darknet. Analyzing and monitoring darknet data as an integral part of a complete cybersecurity program allows organizations to swiftly detect security gaps and mitigate damage prior to the misuse of compromised data.

To read the full study, visit www.owlcyber.com/owl-cybersecurity-darknet-index.

OWL Cybersecurity Appoints Andrew Lewman as Vice President

DENVER—(BUSINESS WIRE)—April 19, 2017OWL Cybersecurity, a Denver-based cybersecurity company offering the world’s largest commercially available database of DARKINT, darknet intelligence, today announced cybersecurity expert and board member Andrew Lewman as Vice President.

Lewman’s extensive background in the information security industry combines nearly 30 years of experience in both the private and public sectors. Lewman previously worked as the Executive Director and CEO of the Tor Project. Lewman also served as a consultant to military and governmental agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security and the Thorn Foundation.


“We are thrilled to add Andrew [Lewman] to our leadership team,” said Mark Turnage, CEO of OWL Cybersecurity. “His extensive experience with the darknet, combined with innovative thinking and vision, will enhance the direction, growth and profitability of our company.”

Before joining OWL Cybersecurity’s Advisory Board in January 2017, Lewman held executive roles at TechTarget and FarSight Security. Lewman’s background has also led to success as an author, with works published by both the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction and Fordham University Press.

“It is an honor to join OWL Cybersecurity, the leader in darknet threat intelligence,” said Lewman. “My role as Vice President will enable me to help grow the reach of our darknet offerings and our core technologies.”

Lewman is also currently involved with multiple non-governmental organizations, including Emerge, a program working to end domestic violence, and Each One Teach One, an organization that supports women and girls in the workforce.

How To Tread Lightly Into The Dark Web

"Though anyone can gain access to the dark net using Tor software, the illicit and unregulated part of the internet is not for the faint of heart. Being that it’s so unstructured, the dark web is not a place where one can go without knowing exactly what they’re looking for and exactly where to find it.

Just weeks ago at PYMNTS’ Innovation Project, Alison Connolly, director of strategic partnerships at Owl Cybersecurity, shared how the company is creating an opportunity for dark net big data to be harnessed through a commercially available database."

Read the full article here.

OWL Cybersecurity Adds Two to Advisory Board

DENVER—(BUSINESS WIRE)— OWL Cybersecurity, a Denver-based cybersecurity company offering what it believes to be the world’s largest commercially available database of DARKINT, darknet intelligence, today announced D. Scott George and Steve Bunnell have been named to its Advisory Board.

We are excited to welcome our newest Advisory Board members to OWL Cybersecurity. Each brings extensive information security experience and expertise from the public and private sectors,” said Mark Turnage, OWL Cybersecurity’s CEO. “I look forward to the immediate, positive impacts both Scott George and Steve Bunnell will have on our organization.

George brings nearly 30 years of national security, cyber and intelligence experience to the Board. As Deputy Chief of the Central Security Service, National Security Agency, General George helped lead a global enterprise of personnel and technology at the National Security Agency while helping to establish U.S. Cyber Command. George also served as the Director of Intelligence for U.S. Strategic Command, as well as the Commander of The National Air and Space Intelligence Center. George serves as senior adjunct staff with RAND Corporation and is currently the CEO and President of IN-Cyber Vision. He serves on the Board at the Academy Research and Development Institute, supporting the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Bunnell is currently a Partner at the law firm O’Melveny & Myers LLP, where he has worked for a decade on cybersecurity, data privacy and government enforcement matters. Bunnell was formerly General Counsel to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, where he gained critical senior government experience advising on high-stakes criminal, civil and regulatory enforcement matters. Previously, he served 17 years as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Department of Justice. Bunnell received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and graduated with distinction from Stanford Law School.


OWL Cybersecurity, based in Denver, provides what it believes to be the world’s largest database of DARKINT, darknet intelligence, and the tools and services to efficiently find hacked, leaked or compromised data. The proprietary OWL Vision platform automatically, anonymously and continuously collects, indexes and ranks dark net data, speeding the discovery of compromised information and empowering organizations to detect security gaps and mitigate damage. Complementing the OWL Vision platform is a range of comprehensive security services including assessment and penetration testing, incident response and forensics, architectural review, training, code review, risk assessment, gap analysis, and roadmap development and policy, procedure, and control (PPC) review. For more information, please visit www.owlcyber.com.

How The Dark Web Affects Security Readiness in the Cable Industry

Non-profit innovation Research and Development lab "CableLabs" recently hosted a panel about the darknet (or "dark web") at their 2017 Winter Conference. For their panel, they brought in "subject matter experts from across the industry," including OWL Cybersecurity Board of Directors member, Andrew Lewman. Watch the full interview wth Andrew below and read the full article from CableLabs here.

Twitter Accounts Hacked with Swastikas and Nazi Posts

OWL Cybersecurity was mentioned in an article in CIO Today for our commentary on Nation State Sponsored Threat Actorsin relation to the recent bought of twitter hacks that appear to be politically motivated. 

Beyond influencing election results, a state sponsored attack may have direct intentions to further the policies and agendas of the state government,” the darknet expert organization Owl Cybersecurity warned in a blog post last month. “Nation state sponsored hackers are one of the hacking community’s biggest players.

Shedding Light On The Darknet

With emerging technologies and new customer trends constantly impacting the way consumers pay, information security can often be an afterthought on the path to innovation.

In the latest installment of the Commanders In Chief series, Mark Turnage, CEO of OWL Cybersecurity, shed light on why understanding the increasing threat of the darknet — and ensuring that products are safeguarded against it — is critical to ensuring that payments organizations can operate safely and security.

Check out the latest installment of PYMNTS Commander In Chief Series to read the full interview featuring OWL Cybersecurity. 

ColoradoBiz Mag: "How to run the world's largest database of dark net content"

ColoradoBiz Magazine released a feature piece on OWL Cybersecurity CEO Mark Turnage for their March, 2017 issue. Read the full article here

Attorney-turned-entrepreneur Mark Turnage was born overseas to missionary parents. After serving as CEO and Vice Chairman of OPSEC Security Group, a global provider of anti-counterfeiting technologies and online brand protection, Turnage, 56, moved into the sizzling cybersecurity industry at Denver’s OWL Cybersecurity, touted as the worlds largest commercially available database of dark net content.

 

 

Read the full article here.

OWL Cybersecurity Releases Tor-Pi-do Version 1.0.1 for Raspberry Pi 3

Denver-based cybersecurity company contributes to open-source Linux distro

DENVER—(BUSINESS WIRE)— OWL Cybersecurity, a Denver-based cybersecurity company offering what it believes to be the world’s largest commercially available database of darknet content, today announced the release of Tor-Pi-do Version 1.0.1 for Raspberry Pi 3. Tor-Pi-do Version 1.0.1 is a Linux distribution, also known as a distro, which enables the anonymous use of Tor with Mozilla Firefox on the Raspberry Pi 3.
 
This Linux distro brings together tools that enable secure Tor use on the Raspberry Pi 3, the most recent version of a series of credit card-sized, single-board computers developed to promote the teaching of basic computer science and computing in poor or developing nations. The idea for Tor-Pi-do Version 1.0.1 arose when the OWL Cybersecurity team needed an easy way to provide IT support during a workshop in which they would be taking more than a dozen IT executives onto Tor, free software that enables anonymous communication over the Internet.

“We are incredibly excited by the release of Tor-Pi-do,” said Andrew Lewman, OWL Cybersecurity Board Member. “The Raspberry Pi is an ideal device to leverage in an educational setting, and Justin’s work will allow a wider audience to explore the idea of internet anonymity.”

Justin Whitehead, OWL Cybersecurity Red Team lead, led the Tor-Pi-do project.
 
On Tor-Pi-do Version 1.0.1, DuckDuckGo is the default landing page for the browser, providing a starting point from which users can further explore Tor. Additionally, Wicd, an open-source network manager, is included to provide a simple interface from which users can connect to wired or wireless networks with a wide variety of settings.
 
This project is open-source, and OWL Cybersecurity encourages others to study, collaborate and improve upon the software.

Download Tor-Pi-do by clicking the below button or https://sourceforge.net/projects/tor-pi-do/.