No, the criminal underground isn’t dropping its use of Bitcoin anytime soon

By Mark Arena, CEO of Intel 471. I recently read an article which claimed the “criminal underworld” was dropping its use of Bitcoin. In the past month, Intel 471 has looked closely at the criminal underground to identify if Bitcoin was still strong in its use and whether there were any up-and-coming cryptocurrencies that wereContinue reading “No, the criminal underground isn’t dropping its use of Bitcoin anytime soon”

Naming malware: What’s in a name?

By Mark Arena, CEO of Intel 471. This week’s incident with Petya/NotPetya/GoldenEye/Nyetya/Petrwrap has reignited the debate about how security companies name malware. In my opinion, the security industry’s use of different names for the same thing isn’t good for either customers or the industry at large, and it’s something that could be solved without tooContinue reading “Naming malware: What’s in a name?”

Being a cyber threat intelligence analyst and operating in the fog of uncertainty

By Mark Arena, CEO of Intel 471. A lot has been said, blogged and marketed on WannaCry ransomware with many pointing fingers at who they think might be behind it. The objective of this blog isn’t to critique, support or disprove any specific hypothesis. The goal is to highlight what it means to be aContinue reading “Being a cyber threat intelligence analyst and operating in the fog of uncertainty”

Who hacked the Democratic National Committee?

By Mark Arena, CEO of Intel 471. Who hacked the Democratic National Committee? I’ll preface this post by saying that I possess no information on this incident beyond what has been mentioned in open sources. This post is my personal opinion and is based on my experience researching and tracking both state and non-state cyberContinue reading “Who hacked the Democratic National Committee?”