The Evidence Based Cybersecurity Research Group offers a new training on Intelligence and Evidence Gathering in Darknet Environments.
The three-day workshop is implemented at Georgia State University, and leverages the Evidence Based Cybersecurity research group’s internet network. The online training program implements a wide range of activities including a set of lectures and hands on exercises in effort to deliver key methodological and technical skills which are necessary for developing a cost-effective intelligence and evidence gathering by security professionals.
This course will equip you with the practical experience required for gathering intelligence from darknet and encrypted online communication platforms, as well as compiling the data and analyzing it in a way which will support your operation. You will learn about the cybercrime ecosystem, challenges to collecting intelligence from darknet and encrypted channels, OSINT tools, intelligence life cycle, disinformation and misinformation. In addition, this course will prepare you for accessing and findings darknet markets and forums over several platforms, and facilitate the skills required for engaging and developing rapport with online criminal actors.
Dr. David Maimon, Director Center for Evidence Based Cybersecurity, Georgia State University
David Maimon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Georgia State University. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from The Ohio State University in 2009. Prior to joining Georgia State University ranks, David held a professor position at the University of Maryland. David’s research interests include theories of human behaviors, cyber-enabled and cyber-dependent crimes and experimental research methods. His current research focuses on computer hacking and the progression of system trespassing events, computer networks vulnerabilities to cyber attacks, and decision-making process in cyber space. He is also conducting research on intellectual property and cyber fraud.
Dr. Yubao Wu, Associate Director, Evidence-Based Cybersecurity, Georgia State University
Dr. Yubao (Robert) Wu is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science at Georgia State University. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Wu’s research focuses on big data analytics, data mining, and bioinformatics. He is especially interested in analyzing and mining large-scale networks and their applications in biomedical and social domains.
Sean O´Connor, Research Coordinator for Evidence Based Cybersecurity, Georgia State University
Sean O’Connor has been conducting Intelligence operations for the last 12 years across multiple threat landscapes. He started out serving in the United States Armed Forces as an Army Human Intelligence (HUMINT) operator. After 5 years of serving, including one 12-month tour in eastern Afghanistan, he received an honorable discharge. He decided that he wanted to have some more fun so he went back to Afghanistan this time as a counterintelligence private contractor for the Department of Defense. After 14 months of CI operations in western Afghanistan he got hired by another company to do incident response on a counterintelligence team in central Afghanistan. He operated as an armed technical incident responder for another 9 months before he finally decided he had enough of Afghanistan and came back to the United States. He have been working for a Dell Technologies company in Atlanta for a little more than 5 years as a Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst in the Counter Threat Unit with a focus in conducting Darkweb/Darknet intelligence gathering operations. These operations consist of gaining and maintaining access into high profile forums, marketplaces and other sources while also communicating with high-level threat actors to build credibility, and gain actionable intelligence for the company´s clients and Law Enforcement partners. He is also passionate about volunteering his time to organizations such as the CTI-League, a globally recognized volunteer-based CERT, working side by side with law enforcement to protect healthcare organizations from cybercriminals looking to take advantage of the Covid-19 pandemic.