DE­FENSE AGEN­CIES HAVE BIG PRES­ENCE ON THE DARKNET

The Denver Post - - BUSINESS - — Tamara Chuang, The Den­ver Post

U.S. de­fense agen­cies ranked higher than non-de­fense agen­cies for the amount of stolen data avail­able in the on­line un­der­world where cy­ber crim­i­nals of­ten hawk stolen credit cards, ac­cord­ing to a re­port by Den­ver’s Owl Cy­ber­se­cu­rity.

From em­ployee pass­words to in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty, the amount of com­pro­mised data sur­prised Owl cy­ber sleuths who an­a­lyze data cap­tured from pri­vate net­works known as the darknet. Data linked to the Navy, Army and De­part­ment of De­fense had the three largest foot­prints on the darknet, though they were smaller than those of some ma­jor cor­po­ra­tions scored in an ear­lier study.

“It wasn’t a sur­prise that it was out there. But what was sur­pris­ing was the vol­ume of data out there. It was also sur­pris­ing that de­fense (agen­cies) had the high­est amount,” said An­drew Lew­man, Owl’s vice pres­i­dent who pre­vi­ously worked as ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor the Tor Project. “They’re very good at pro­tect­ing our shores. … But they’re not so great about pro­tect­ing their cre­den­tials.”

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