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DomainTools to Present on Dark Web of Cyber Terror at FIRST Conference 2017

SEATTLE – June 8, 2017 DomainTools, the leader in domain name and DNS-based cyber threat intelligence, today announced that Kyle Wilhoit, senior security researcher, will present at the 29th Annual Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST) Conference. During his presentation, “Cyber Terrorist Activity: The New Way to Cause Chaos,” Wilhoit will demo the technologies used by these organizations to reveal the methodologies they use, the services they manipulate, and the tools they’ve ‘homebrewed’ to streamline abuse so followers can easily carry out activities to further their goals and spread their ideologies. Attendees will also learn about the financial records of these cyber terrorist groups and how the deep, dark web is a breeding ground for these cyber terrorist ecosystems. The FIRST Conference will take place at the Hilton Caribe in Puerto Rico from June 11-16, with Kyle presenting on Monday, June 12 at 2:00pm AST.

Cybercrime is on the rise and making a growing impact, predicted to cost the global community more than $6 billion by 2021. Although online terrorist organizations take note from organized cybercrime and state-sponsored entities, these groups are different from their counterparts with regards to methods, ideologies, and motivational factors. They target even the most well-funded businesses and governments with software, website, and systems attacks in order to further their political agenda or ideological viewpoints. Kyle’s presentation will dive deeper into these international cyber terror threats, demonstrate how terrorists have found novel ways to circumvent typical security controls, and provide perspective on how information security teams can build the proper terrorism-network infrastructure needed to help organizations mitigate the impact of these threat actors.

First Conference 2017

Presentation Details

  • Demo how terrorist organizations abuse technology and online platforms and use the “dark web” to benefit their ideological cause
  • Investigate financial records of these organizations to shed light on how they are funded
  • Analyze the technologies used by these organizations, including systems created specifically for cyber terrorism

As the global leader in the incident response community, the FIRST Conference brings together international security and incident response teams from academia, commercial enterprises, financial corporations, and government agencies to share their incident response expertise and improve security measures worldwide. For more information on the FIRST Conference 2017 and to register for the event, please visit:

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