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The Value of Reddit as a Threat Intelligence Feed

Alex Ciarniello July 30, 2020 Social Media Monitoring, National Defense
For years, the popular social media platform Reddit has played a cat-and-mouse game with removing its controversial subreddits—and this doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Read More

Online Radicalization: Informing De-Escalation Strategies

Extremism is now one of the most imminent public safety threats in the United States. So far in 2020, over 90% of terrorist attacks and plots have originated under the umbrella of right-wing extremism, in particular. Read More

What is the Boogaloo? Why Fringe Networks are Critical for Addressing Domestic Terrorism

In June 2020, an Air Force sergeant was charged with two counts of murder targeting law enforcement personnel in Oakland and Santa Cruz, California. The killer left behind a tactical vest, igloo patch, and “boog” scrawled in blood on his vehicle—all clear links to the extremist Boogaloo movement. Read More

Supply Chain Monitoring: the Value of Social Media Data in a Crisis

Alex Ciarniello April 16, 2020 Retail Security, Social Media Monitoring
One needs only to visit the cleaning supplies aisle of their local retailer in recent weeks to see the impacts of a global crisis on supply chains. Read More

What is Mastodon and Why Should You Care?

Alex Ciarniello February 04, 2020 Open Source Threat Intelligence, Social Media Monitoring
Early in December 2019, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced that the social platform is funding development of “an open and decentralized standard for social media.” Within the hour, Mastodon responded with a virtual eye-roll—it had been three years since it was specifically launched as a decentralized Twitter alternative. Read More

What Is Gab and Why Should You Care?

Alex Ciarniello November 26, 2019 OSINT, Social Media Monitoring
Gab is also one of the latest data sources added to the Echosec social discovery platform. What is Gab and why is it such a crucial source of threat intelligence? Read More

Social Media Threat Intelligence: Are Facebook And Instagram Relevant?

Alex Ciarniello October 15, 2019 Social Media Monitoring
If you were to guess what the world’s most popular social media platforms are, a few big names probably come to mind: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. However, there are plenty of other heavily active social media sites around the world that many of us have never heard about. Read More

Social Media Threat Intelligence: Sources To Watch

Online public-facing content is growing exponentially. And, while most of this data is benign, some online hubs contain critical information for the safety and security of individuals and organizations. In order to develop an effective intelligence strategy, analysts and security teams must be pulling information from this vast quantity of data. The question is, which.. Read More

Travel Risk Management: Protect Your Team With Social Media Intelligence

The ability to hold face-to-face meetings online has not reduced the need for corporate travel. More than ever, organizations are sending their personnel on business trips internationally. Travel risk management is a growing industry that proactively mitigates security threats for business travellers. Read More

What Is Telegram And Why Should You Care?

Telegram is an instant messaging, voice, and video messaging service, often compared to Whatsapp. Read More
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