The recent scavenging of public documents has shown that Law enforcement isn’t in the battle to stop Dark Net drug dealing alone. A section of the Department of Homeland Security has been paying contractors to monitor these Dark Net services; somewhere to the tune of $150,000.
The public records show an alarming increase in “threat intelligence” companies, all with the goal of providing corporate and government clients with the information acquired from hacking forums, drug markets, as well as other sections of the Dark Net.
Payments were issued to Flashpoint, a company that offers intelligence reports, API access to dark web data, and automated alerts; the company’s website showed. Flashpoint claims to use human analytics and forms of automation to monitor the internet, and its customers can access historical data in real time.
Flashpoint also advertises clients the opportunity to talk directly with analysts in order to get custom threat investigations and to take the analysis deeper in order to use what is most relevant to the company. Around August of 2014, the documents show the United States law enforcement agency, ICE had paid almost $149,000 for the critical requirement of data and analysis of illegal activity going on online. More so,