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Perspectives of the Hacker Community During COVID-19 


Perspectives of the Hacker Community During COVID-19 


The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all aspects of society including the focus and threats coming from malicious hacker communities. As organizations changed their communication and connectivity to handle employees working from home, hackers also targeted and changed the nature of their attacks as well. As loan programs and other economic assistance programs were created to help during the pandemic, hackers targeted them for fraud. How do the good guys stay ahead of the attacks? During this webinar we will look at intelligence gathering techniques and research directly from the dark web that can be used to help get ahead of the threats and understand better how hackers target, and develop new opportunities.  

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Our Speakers

Tom Richards

Paulo Shakarian, Ph.D. 

Tom Richards, Chief Strategy Officer GroupSense

⁠⁠Tom is a co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of GroupSense and has played a vital role in shaping the company’s vision and executing on its market growth strategies. With 15 years experience in the industry, Tom successfully led the creation of Tracelight, the GroupSense analysis engine, and continues to oversee the company’s overall strategies in this new decade. During his time at GroupSense Tom has helped to grow the business 65% year over year, been awarded a patent for the proprietary GroupSense technology Tracelight, and has been featured in Washington Post and New York Times for his research in foreign misinformation campaigns designed to influence US elections. 


Paulo Shakarian, Ph.D., CEO and Co-Founder of CYR3CON 

Paulo Shakarian, Ph.D. is CEO and Co-Founder of Cyber Reconnaissance, Inc., (CYR3CON) which specializes in combining artificial intelligence with information mined from malicious hacker communities to avoid cyberattacks. He has written numerous articles in scientific journals and has authored several books, including Elsevier’s Introduction to Cyber-Warfare and Cambridge’s Darkweb Cyber Threat Intelligence Mining. Shakarian was named a “KDD Rising Star,” received the Air Force Young Investigator award, received multiple “best paper” awards and has been featured in major news media outlets such as CNN and The Economist. He currently holds a tenured faculty position at Arizona State University and previously held a faculty position at West Point. Earlier in his career, Paulo was an officer in the U.S. Army where he served two combat tours in Iraq, earning a Bronze Star and the Army Commendation Medal for Valor. During his military career, Paulo also served as a DARPA Fellow and as an advisor to IARPA. He holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in computer science from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a B.S. in computer science from West Point (with a Depth of Study in Information Assurance).


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Watch Other Webinar Recordings! 

Webinar One 

⁠Responding to COVID-19 Changing the Cybersecurity Landscape 

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic we have seen a massive increase in cyber-attacks. In this webinar we discuss some of the measures people have taken to help those attacked while disabling some of the attacks. This is being done by companies and also by individual volunteers who have come together to create a taskforce to protect the people and institutions fighting these invisible attackers. 


Webinar Two

⁠Cyber Attacks Taking Advantage of COVID-19: Detailed Views 

In this webinar, we dive deeper into the discussion of new and evolving cybersecurity challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.  


Webinar Three

What We Can Learn to Better Prepare for the Next One

⁠In this week's webinar, we discuss innovative methods we can use to gather a complete data set on these attacks, analysis techniques that might be useful in examining this data set and potential recommendations that will arise as a result of the analysis process, and what data is available now and why it's not enough.  We also touch on how you can get involved to help now and what we can do to prepare for the future.