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The Digital Economy of Disinformation on the Darknet: Controlling the Narrative

By External Author on Oct 14, 2020 9:12:37 AM

DarkOwl analysts have observed a now well-established digital economy in the darknet around the trade of social media accounts and its influencers – accounts sold in bulk that could be easily leveraged for a dis- or mis-information campaign by a foreign government or agency with malicious intention.

In this blog, DarkOwl, with contributions from Nisos, looks at how the darknet is rife with “disinformation as a service” type offerings, and how technology such as blockchain is now being leveraged to persistently disseminate false narratives to the public. 

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On Detecting And Deterring Moles And Miscreants In The Workplace

By Jennifer DeTrani, General Counsel of Nisos on Sep 14, 2020 5:26:07 PM

Organizations are facing increasingly complex and international threats — from trade-secret exfiltration from countries like China in furtherance of economic espionage and academic advantages, to criminal gangs intent on installing malware on networks to extract hefty ransoms. While the exploits themselves are not new, the pace, the breadth, and the incentives are enhanced, creating heightened concern at the highest corporate and governmental levels. With trade secrets, valuable IP, reputation, and shareholder value on the line, what are best-in-class security teams doing to protect themselves against advanced threat actors?

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Deepfakes Are Amazing. They're Also Terrifying for Our Future.

By External Author on Sep 14, 2020 5:13:58 PM

Imagine this: You click on a news clip and see the President of the United States at a press conference with a foreign leader. The dialogue is real. The news conference is real. You share with a friend. They share with a friend. Soon, everyone has seen it. Only later you learn that the president’s head was superimposed on someone else’s body. None of it ever actually happened.

Sound farfetched? Not if you’ve seen a certain wild video from YouTube user Ctrl Shift Face (take a look at the clip above). Since last August, it's gotten almost 9.5 million views.

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Hacker Diplomacy: Minimizing Business Risks Stemming From Vulnerability Disclosures

By Jennifer DeTrani, General Counsel of Nisos on Aug 24, 2020 12:36:46 PM

"In the new work-from-home world where nonessential companies have pivoted into a largely remote workforce model with increasing reliance on business tools that ensure connectivity, there is a growing concern that tools like Zoom may not be vetted to the full extent of their now-applicable use case."

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Jennifer DeTrani on Cybersecurity, Workplace Diversity & Lawyering Like a Human Being

By External Author on Aug 10, 2020 7:09:34 AM

In our TendingBar interview, Jen describes how the COVID-19 era has taught us to pay more attention to the well-being of our co-workers, and to offer compassion through our jobs. As an outspoken advocate for corporate diversity, Jen explains that diverse teams are good for business.  More importantly, Jen argues that every business should aspire to fit the values of its people, and that good business management should be an expression of respect and regard for one’s colleagues. 

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This is what a deepfake voice clone used in a failed fraud attempt sounds like

By External Author on Jul 28, 2020 11:41:14 AM

Security consulting firm NISOS has released a report analyzing one such attempted fraud, and shared the audio with Motherboard. 

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Listen to This Deepfake Audio Impersonating a CEO in Brazen Fraud Attempt

By External Author on Jul 24, 2020 3:56:35 AM

A security firm analyzed a suspicious voicemail left to a tech company employee, part of an attempt to get the employee to send money to criminals.

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EBay’s Critics Faced an Extreme Case of an Old Silicon Valley Habit

By Nisos on Jul 1, 2020 10:23:33 AM

Justin Zeefe, a former intelligence officer who is now the president of Nisos, a security firm in Virginia, said his company has worked for tech companies on a wide range of cases. On one occasion, they learned that a company’s overseas suppliers had ties to foreign intelligence agencies.

Another client asked his firm to determine whether an acquisition target had been infiltrated by foreign hackers. Yet another hired Nisos to determine the source of multiple cyberattacks. It turned out to be the work of a competitor that had intercepted the company’s Wi-Fi from an apartment rented across the street.

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Analyzing Analytics (Featuring: The FBI)

By Michael Eller on Jun 8, 2020 11:27:16 AM

Recently while conducting some research, I found myself down the path of Google Analytics ID’s as well as other analytics services. I was investigating ways to not only identify varying analytics code in sites, but to correlate them with other sites that may be linked to the same owner. Please note before further reading: I make some guesses about what I find, though that’s contrary to the concept of analysis, and I am not presuming to know definitively why I am seeing what I am seeing in this specific case study. It’s all just very curious to me. Dive in and take a look for yourself!

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The Curious Case of Vincent Briatore

By Michael Eller on Jun 8, 2020 11:23:51 AM

Many of you know that I use Brave as my daily browser. One of the features I love is that I can elect to see pop up ads (infrequently) in exchange for BAT– a utility token with some value similar to cryptocurrency yet distinct. Recently I was served up an ad for a site called VidLeap with some pretty outrageous claims. It’s a teaching course led by a man named Vincent Briatore that claims he can walk you through setting up a Youtube channel and brand that may earn you up to 1 million followers, 100 million views, and $100k a month in revenue in only 4 weeks.

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