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Benjamin Brown

Benjamin Brown’s current research focuses on emerging technology areas where security research is novel such as IoT, AI/ML, cryptocurrencies, the dark web, and new underground digital economies. This leads to speaking engagements, publications, and media interaction to assist in generating new and expanded security insights and knowledge stores. He currently works at Veracode integrating his anthropology and international relations degrees with security research into large-scale, internet-level problems. Hobbies include blacksmithing, competitive axe throwing, Software-defined radio (SDR), and hiking.

Posts by Benjamin Brown
  • On Abusing Email Validation Protocols for Distributed Reflective Denial of Service

    Denial of Service (DoS) attacks are still very much in vogue with cybercriminals. They are used for extortion attempts, to attack competitors or detractors, as an ideological statement, as a service for hire, or simply “for teh lulz.” As anti-DoS methods become more sophisticated so do the DoS techniques, becoming harder to stop or take down by turning into distributed (DDoS) among stolen or… READ MORE

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  • Beyond Tor: Examining the Uncharted Corners of the Dark Web

    Discussions about the darknet or dark web are typically centered around the Tor network, and the data from breaches, password dumps, and hacked emails that can be found there. There is little focus or discussion about the other extant darknet frameworks, and the fact that the dark web is actually comprised of multiple networks designed for specific underground activity. While Europol reports and… READ MORE

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