Stolen Data on the Dark Web

By   ISBuzz Team
Writer , Information Security Buzz | Sep 03, 2015 08:00 pm PST

More than 350 billion data fingerprints are used to automatically detect breaches in minutes

MapR Technologies, Inc., provider of the top-ranked distribution for Apache™ Hadoop®, today announced that Terbium Labs, a security software company that proactively searches for stolen data on the Dark Web using a patented, privacy-protected, data fingerprinting technique, is using the MapR Distribution as the big data platform for Matchlight, a first-of-its-kind data intelligence system. The data-centric solution closes the breach detection gap and minimises the damage, loss and risk caused by a data breach, which costs corporations and consumers billions of dollars annually.

Terbium Labs developed the highly scalable, cloud-based Matchlight system to continuously crawl the Internet, including the Dark Web, where veiled criminal activity often takes place. The average data breach takes more than 200 days to discover, giving adversaries months or even years to exploit a security incident. With Matchlight, identification of stolen data takes just minutes.

Relying on the MapR Distribution, the new Matchlight system registers digital fingerprints of data, which range from valuable source code to corporate documents, and searches for stolen data by comparing them to data gathered across the Internet. This one-way fingerprinting ensures total privacy and means that clients don’t have to reveal their information in order for Terbium Labs to search on their behalf. There are currently more than 350 billion data fingerprints in its database, which continues to grow by ten to fifteen billion every day. Operating on all types of digital assets, the Matchlight system is able to discover unexpected appearances of sensitive information, alerting companies immediately and automatically to potential data breaches. For example, the system was able to identify as many as 30,000 newly stolen credit cards and 6,000 newly compromised email addresses for sale on the Dark Web in a single day.

“We want to shut down the market for stolen data by reducing the time to detect a breach and thereby minimise the damage,” said Danny Rogers, CEO and Co-founder of Terbium Labs. “Because the data fingerprints we collect from companies are extremely complex, we require a data platform that is more stable and efficient than the Java-heavy Hadoop distributions. MapR shines as the only Hadoop distribution that can reliably exceed our demanding volume, scale and speed requirements.”

The MapR Distribution is uniquely architected to be more resource efficient than other Hadoop distributions, which results in a significantly lower per-fingerprint storage and processing cost for Terbium. MapR provides enterprise-grade features such as high availability, recovery, security and full data protection and also enables Terbium Labs to dramatically scale the Matchlight system. “We can easily get into trillions of fingerprints,” said Michael Moore, CTO and Co-Founder of Terbium Labs. “The only way we can get into that scale is with MapR.  We are only as good as the data we collect and our ability to collect more data depends on this key piece of technology.”

“Customers continue to select MapR for addressing security and risk management requirements,” said Jack Norris, CMO, MapR Technologies. “We are very pleased that Terbium Labs relies on our platform as the foundation for their sophisticated analytics system to identify data theft. This further reinforces our leadership position in technical innovation, and our software’s proven advantages and ability to positively impact our customers’ business operations.”[su_box title=”About Terbium Labs” style=”noise” box_color=”#336588″]Terbium LabsTerbium Labs protects organizations from relentless attempts to steal data for personal, monetary or political gain.  Offering continuous, proactive monitoring of critical data and rapid theft detection, Terbium Labs enables companies to better manage risk in a dynamic business environment and keep high-value data safe. Matchlight, Terbium Labs’ data intelligence system, automatically alerts companies when elements of its data appear in unexpected places on the Internet, the Dark Web or in competing products.  With Matchlight, companies avoid the uncertainty and incident response delays common to targeted attacks and industrial espionage campaigns, helping to dramatically reduce the cost of a data breach while keeping customer trust and loyalty intact.[/su_box][su_box title=”About MapR Technologies” style=”noise” box_color=”#336588″]MapRMapR delivers on the promise of Hadoop with a proven, enterprise-grade platform that supports a broad set of mission-critical and real-time production uses. MapR brings unprecedented dependability, ease-of-use and world-record speed to Hadoop, NoSQL, database and streaming applications in one unified distribution for Hadoop. MapR is used by more than 700 customers across ad media, consumer products, financial services, government, healthcare, manufacturing, market research, networking and computers, retail/online and telecommunications as well as by leading Global 2000 and Web 2.0 companies. Amazon, Cisco, Google, Teradata and HP are part of the broad MapR partner ecosystem. Investors include Google Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, NEA, Qualcomm Ventures and Redpoint Ventures. MapR is based in San Jose, CA.[/su_box]

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