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

 

Read the original article on PYMNTS.com

 

"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.

But what about businesses that want to explore the dark web, specifically to see if their data or information has been compromised, without the risk that comes with poking around in such an unfamiliar place?

Owl Cybersecurity created a way to safely query the dark net.

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.

Let The Search Begin

Owl Cybersecurity utilizes bots to anonymously and continuously collect information from the dark net, which is then indexed and stored in a database. That database provides a reflection of what exists on the dark net, without having to actually dig into it.

Though there are no search engines available in the dark web, Connolly said the database of actionable dark net data that Owl Cybersecurity provides can serve a similar purpose.

Using the database, an organization can query information, such as an email address, Social Security Number, a phrase or even an internal project name. The database will then return results of where mentions of that data exist, meaning all of the pages associated with that queried information across the dark web.

Connolly demonstrated a query that would show how many pages on the dark net have a number of credit cards available between 5 and 50,000. The results showed that within the last week, more than 49,000 pages contained the credit card dump Connolly was looking for. On one page, a person’s full credit card number, CV, ATM PIN, Social Security Number, birth date and mother’s maiden name was displayed and available for sale.

Of course the person whose compromised data was on display would want to know that their information was widely available on the dark web, but this exposure was also beneficial to the issuing bank of the credit card, Connolly noted.

Organizations can leverage the database to monitor for specific queries or data by setting up a saved search.

Putting Dark Data To Use

Before creating its database of DARKINT — actionable data from the dark net – Owl Cybersecurity’s core business was performing assessments and penetration testing for companies.

The firm would be hired to break into an organization’s system.

After the penetration tests, Owl Cybersecurity would share its results with the organization in order to help them point to vulnerabilities and places where their infrastructure needed to be fixed.

Connolly said that work would always include first going to the dark net to see how much exposure an organization actually had.

In an effort to be more efficient in that initial process, Owl Cybersecurity started cataloging and indexing data because doing it manually each time would take hours.

“Fast forward to today: We’ve actually put the user interface on it and now offer clients direct access to the dark net database,” Connolly explained.

This safe way to access the dark net can be especially helpful, considering Owl Cybersecurity’s research has shown that about half of dark net websites go up and down at least once a day.

“That’s one of the big hurdles on the dark net, whereas our tool will capture that and then we have a 60-day look back,” she added.

Not only does the database help to solve problems for Owl Cybersecurity’s clients, but it is also more complete than the dark net and easier to navigate.

“You have a way to query the dark net without exposing your organization,” Connolly said."

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 Actors in 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

PAYMENTS INNOVATION

"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

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"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."

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/.

 

Justin Whitehead (@H0m3l3sshacker) received a B.S. in Computer Information/ Forensics and holds the following certificates: C|HFI, C|EH, CCFE, CPT, ITIL, ACE, and Security +. Justin has been an integral part of the OWL Cybersecurity penetration testing team for the past 4 years, conducting manual external and internal penetration testing across a wide range of sectors to help clients validate compliance with internal policy and industry best practices. Justin has 4 years of computer forensic experience and continues to engage in and educate himself on the front lines of forensics and incident response. Additionally, Justin is a regular speaker at security industry conferences such as DefCon, BSides, DerbyCon, and GrrCon.


Bringing Light to the Darknet for Enterprise Organizations

One of the many conversations at RSA Conference 2017 about our darknet database took place between Intellyx reporter and Forbes contributor Jason Bloomberg and OWL Cybersecurity CEO Mark Turnage. Their discussion,  published in a spotlight article entitled "Bringing Light to the Darknet for Enterprise Organizations," focusses on OWL Cybersecurity's unique darknet offering, OWL Vision. 

 "Their unique service extracts data from thousands of darknet sites each day, indexes them and makes the resulting information available to their subscribers. Providing numerous filtering functions, the service acts like a search engine for darknet content enabling subscribing enterprise organizations to quickly detect potentially compromised data and mitigate damage before impact." - Jason Bloomberg and Charles Araujo of Intellyx 

OWL Cybersecurity Adds Andrew Lewman to Board of Directors

Cybersecurity veteran brings more than 30 years of business experience in technology and darknet to OWL Cybersecurity.

DENVER—(BUSINESS WIRE)— OWL Cybersecurity, a Denver-based cybersecurity company offering the world’s largest commercially available database of darknet content, today announced cybersecurity expert Andrew Lewman has joined its Board of Directors.

Lewman brings more than 30 years of business experience in technology and darknet, in addition to information security, systems administration and data management to the OWL Cybersecurity team. Lewman currently holds a senior position with Farsight Security and has previously held top executive positions at companies including The Tor Project and TechTarget. He has also served as an adviser to military and intelligence agencies, including the National Security Agency, Department of Homeland Security, and the Thorn Foundation.

"Andrew's extensive experience in cybersecurity — especially his work with The Tor Project — makes him a seasoned and valuable addition to our Board," said Mark Turnage, OWL Cybersecurity CEO. “The rapidly changing cybersecurity industry has only a few people who have witnessed the evolution of the darknet from the beginning, and we are thrilled to leverage Andrew’s experience on behalf of our clients.”

Lewman is also an accomplished author, with his most recent work, entitled “Tor and Links with Cryptomarkets," published by the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction. He is also published by Fordham University Press and is a featured speaker at numerous technology conferences.

"I look forward to joining the Board of Directors at OWL Cybersecurity to leverage my experience and help empower their clients to continually improve their cybersecurity posture," said Mr. Lewman.

Lewman is also currently the treasurer at Emerge, a program working to end domestic violence through counseling and education. He is the chairman and treasurer of Each One Teach One, an organization that provides technical education, training and employment for girls, women and other disenfranchised students.


OWL Cybersecurity, based in Denver, provides what it believes to be the world’s largest database of darknet content 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 our 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.


What Lurks Beneath in the Dark Web?

Marc Rapport of CreditUnions.com published this piece on the darknet (though the article refers to it as the "dark web" - he is actually describing the darknet throughout), taking a closer look at how the darknet impacts the credit union industry. 

Don't have a CreditUnions.com account but still want to read the full article? Read a pdf version by using the viewer below! 

OWL Cybersecurity Director of Marketing Katie Toren shares her take on the relationship between credit unions and darknet data, saying, "We’ve included credit unions in our [OWL Vision] platform trials and I was struck by how open they are about sharing information... from a security perspective, working together is the way of the future. Credit unions seem to already do that.”

 

Analysis: 2016 Health Data Breaches, and What's Ahead

This recent publication from HealthcareInfoSecurity.com takes an in-depth look at the past, current and future state of cybersecurity in the healthcare industry. As part of their analysis, they differed to cyber experts for commentary, among them OWL Cybersecurity CEO Mark Turnage. 

 "Many healthcare records contain such a wealth of personally identifiable information that bad actors can leverage," Mark explains, pointing out that with that information, cyber attackers "can access current victim accounts or, in many cases, use the information to open up new, fraudulent accounts in the victim's name."

For Mark's full commentary and more on healthcare cybersecurity trends, read the whole article here.

Yahoo’s mega breach shows just how vulnerable data is

The Denver Post turned to OWL Cybersecurity's Mark Turnage (CEO) for an expert commentary on the recent Yahoo data breach and the role of the darknet in this record-breaking cyberattack. 

"OWL Cybersecurity, the Denver technology firm that regularly scrapes the dark web for digital signs of malicious threats, saw the 200 million Yahoo credentials for sale 'on and off for several months' before Wednesday’s admission by Yahoo, said Mark Turnage, OWL’s CEO. 'This again clearly shows why it’s important to monitor the darknet for the presence of your data, as it often precedes even the awareness of a breach.”'

Credit Union Cybersecurity Threats for 2017 … and What the Heck is the Darknet?

"OWL Cybersecurity CEO Mark Turnage enlightens our current, happy Internet world of buying anything from Amazon, searching for anything on Google, and watching cuddly cat videos on YouTube to turning it all upside down with the sinister underworld called the darknet."

"Mark also provides us with a current cybersecurity landscape, which will change by the time you finish reading this. He also reveals what else credit unions should be aware of in 2017 when it comes to cyber threats."

Watch the full interview with OWL Cybersecurity's CEO Mark Turnage by pressing play above, or by clicking here.

Website taking donations for the assassination of Donald Trump and Mike Pence

"This is an unusual case. Not only is someone purporting to raise money to commit a very high-profile crime -- one that will certainly garner attention from the highest and most sophisticated levels of the U.S. government -- one or more actors appear to be sending messages through the allegedly hacked source code of the Darknet site in question," said Mark Turnage, CEO, OWL Cybersecurity to CEO Online. Read more about the darknet site soliciting donations for the assassination of President-elect Donald Trump.

You can now buy a Mirai-powered botnet on the dark web

“Since many of the devices Mirai infects have hard-coded passwords which can’t be changed, anyone with the right skills can create their own botnet for free with the leaked Mirai source code,” said Mark Turnage, CEO of darknet intelligence firm OWL Cybersecurity, “this is very low-hanging fruit where a seller is being entirely opportunistic about the leaked Mirai source code.” Read more about the Mirai-powered botnet being offered for sale on the darknet.

Fighters of cybertheft spend time on the ‘dark net’

Denver's own FOX31 featured this piece on OWL Cybersecurity, advising their readers to protect themselves from the cyber-threats like malicious hackers and credit card thieves. 

As FOX31 reports, "In a high-rise above downtown Denver, a group of elite cybersecurity technicians are hard at work combing through an unusual and unpredictable online underworld.

When prime targets like big-box retailers, banks and insurance companies are breached, thieves post the data on the dark net only long enough for it to be sold. But OWL swoops in, grabbing sensitive info before it vanishes."

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