Arlington, Va. – June 08, 2021 – GroupSense, a digital risk protection services company, and leading crypotcurrency intelligence company CipherTrace, accounce combining their threat intelligence offerings for enterprise clients who are victims of ransomware attacks.
The companies’ combined intelligence offerings – including GroupSense’s threat intelligence solutions and The CipherTrace™ blockchain analytics and transaction risk-scoring platform – will be used to share intelligence about digital risk and threat actor wallet information. This approach will give customers deeper visibility into how cryptocurrency changes hands, to better identify threat actors and groups, state-sponsored groups, and ransomware gangs conducting ransomware attacks. It will also help both companies adhere to compliance standards set by The Office of Foreign Assets Control – the financial intelligence and enforcement agency of the U.S. Treasury Department.
According to data from the FBI, ransomware attacks skyrocketed 400 percent year-over-year in 2020, with ransom payments moving from thousands to millions of dollars and disrupting critical infrastructure. The primary payment method of those transactions has been cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin. And, as both threat actors and cryptocurrency technologies become more sophisticated, tracking and identifying cybercrimes using these currencies is becoming increasingly complex.
Founded in 2015 with funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology (S&T) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), CipherTrace’s mission is to tackle this very challenge by protecting financial institutions from crypto-related threats. The company counts some of the largest banks, exchanges, and other financial institutions in the world as customers because of its best-in-class data attribution, analytics, proprietary clustering algorithms and coverage of more than 2,000 cryptocurrency entities. The platform delivers the world’s most comprehensive cryptocurrency intelligence by its ability to trace more than 800 virtual assets and provide visibility into 87 percent of global trading volume with hundreds of millions of attribution data points.
“The common connection between almost all threat actors is the use of cryptocurrencies and our technology is able to comprehensively trace those transactions,” said Dave Jevans, CEO of CipherTrace. “Our partnership with GroupSense is bi-directional, as we’re both able to offer our customers access to either our cryptocurrency-specific intelligence or GroupSense’s customized, operationally ready threat intelligence – both of which give customers deeper insight to detect and mitigate the cyberthreats that could most affect them.”
GroupSense provides risk intelligence – gathered from the deep and dark webs, social media, the cloud and more – that maps specifically to each customer’s digital business footprint and risk profile. The company does this by combining its TraceLight cyber reconnaissance technology and a world-class analyst team to deliver finished intelligence that is ready to use, requiring no additional processing and customization by client security teams. The CipherTrace™ platform was designed by world-class eCrime, payment and financial technology experts and its cryptocurrency intelligence embodies their deep experience and cybercrime threats models. The combination of these capabilities provides customers with the critical intelligence they need to better investigate and reveal potential cybercrimes associated with cryptocurrency transactions.
“Our partnership with CipherTrace will provide our analyst team with enriched intelligence about threat actors and groups, and particularly ransomware gangs, by allowing us to catalog and monitor the activity of sanctioned wallets and draw connections between what wallets are associated with certain marketplaces,” said Kurtis Minder, CEO of GroupSense. “While our main focus is on gathering further intelligence through tracing cryptocurrency transactions specific to ransomware attacks, we also will be able to leverage the CipherTrace platform to help provide greater insight into a number of other cybercrimes, including insider trading.”
GroupSense is a digital risk management company that delivers customer-specific intelligence that dramatically improves enterprise cybersecurity and fraud-management operations. Unlike generic cyber-intelligence vendors, GroupSense uses a combination of automated and human reconnaissance to create finished intelligence that maps to each customer’s specific digital business footprint and risk profile. This enables customers to immediately use GroupSense’s intelligence to reduce enterprise risk, without requiring any additional processing or management by overstretched security and fraud-prevention teams. GroupSense is based in Arlington, Va., with a growing customer base that includes large enterprises, state and municipal governments, law enforcement agencies and more.
CipherTrace, the leading cryptocurrency intelligence company, bridges virtual currencies and financial services together with fraud protection, anti-money laundering, and financial crime prevention. CipherTrace derives superior cryptocurrency intelligence from analyzing massive amounts of validated blockchain transaction attribution. CipherTrace founders are dedicated to protecting consumer privacy and growing the blockchain economy, while defending against illicit finance. Deep expertise in cybersecurity, eCrime, payments, banking, encryption, and virtual currencies form the foundation for CipherTrace's commercial offerings. For more information, visit CipherTrace.com, subscribe to the CipherTrace Newsletters, and follow us on Twitter @CipherTrace.