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Improve malware detection with Cybersixgill

Malicious software, or malware, continues to be one of the most pervasive and dangerous threats to cybersecurity. Once downloaded to networks or devices, malware can be used to steal data and money, conduct ransomware campaigns, spy on user activity, disrupt business operations, send spam, mine cryptocurrencies and facilitate other criminal pursuits.

Malware detection technologies are an essential part of any security stack. By scanning files and monitoring network traffic, malware detection engines can identify and block attempts to download malware and mitigate the effects of malware on IT systems.

Malware detection engines rely on threat intelligence to understand what the latest forms of malware look like and how they behave, making it easier to identify and mitigate them. Cybersixgill’s automated threat intelligence collection technology harnesses the power of dark web monitoring to improve malware prevention, vulnerability management and incident response capabilities.

Types of malware

Malware detection solutions must be able to identify a broad range of threats. They must also detect malware as early as possible, limiting the damage it can do. There are seven categories of malware that detection technologies must recognize.

  • Viruses are malicious software attached to a file and which can execute code to spread from host to host. Viruses are typically designed to disrupt a system’s ability to operate by encrypting, corrupting, deleting, or moving data and files.

  • Worms are like viruses but are designed to exploit security vulnerabilities within software or systems.

  • Ransomware is a type of malware that encrypts files, data and information within an IT system, enabling attackers to demand a ransom in exchange for a decryption key that restores access to these resources.

  • Trojan viruses look like legitimate software programs. Once they are downloaded, this malware accesses sensitive data to modify, block or delete it.

  • Spyware is malware that runs unnoticed on a computer, targeting sensitive information and giving attackers remote access.

  • Adware is malware that collects data on computer usage and allows advertisers to deliver targeted advertisements.

  • Fileless malware operates from a computer’s memory, rather than from files on a hard drive.

Harnessing the dark web for malware detection

Cybersixgill captures, processes and alerts teams to emerging threats, TTPs and IOCs as they surface on the clear, deep and dark web. By monitoring and scraping data from the broadest collection of deep and dark web sources, we enhance malware detection with automated threat intelligence that is comprehensive, accurate, timely and covert.

Our threat intelligence feed,  contains a stream of indicators of compromise that includes malicious domains, IP addresses, file hashes and URLs. To understand the latest malware threats before they have been deployed in the wild, our technology monitors and collects data in places where cybercriminals post malware code, discuss strategies, buy and sell tools for malware campaigns and reveal the success of their exploits. These sites include limited-access dark web forums, underground marketplaces, code repositories, invite-only messaging groups and paste sites, as well as blogs and social media on the clear web.

To improve malware detection, we provide threat intelligence that is:

  • Timely. We scour deep and dark web sources for the earliest indications of malware risks and extract data 24x faster than our competitors, delivering intelligence on malware to our customers faster.

  • Comprehensive. We gather intelligence from 5x more sources than our competitors, including 10x more sources on the dark web and 13x more instant messaging apps. 

  • Contextual. Our threat intelligence is enriched with context that reveals threat actors’ methods, contentions, motives, and arenas of activity, enabling security teams to make more informed decisions about malware detection. 

  • Automated. Our technology extracts and delivers IOCs in real-time, providing actionable intelligence that allows security teams to optimize malware detection engines more effectively

Additional solutions from Cybersixgill

Along with API integrations,  Cybersixgill’s threat intelligence can be consumed via  other solutions to help block malware, detect phishing, stop data leaks, prevent fraud, remediate vulnerabilities, and fight cybercrime in many other ways.

Cybersixgill Investigative Portal

Cybersixgill offers an Investigative Portal that helps security teams conduct covert investigations, understand the context of threats, and research relevant intelligence fast. The Investigative Portal enables security teams to easily search and deep-dive into unmatched intelligence data, developing actionable insights to mitigate and remediate threats. Analysts can use the portal to alleviate “alert fatigue,” pulling out the most relevant nuggets of threat intelligence and driving knowledge across the organization. By facilitating in-depth threat intelligence investigations, teams can reduce risk exposure, mitigate incidents and minimize the damage that cyberattacks can do.

Cybersixgill DVE Intelligence

Cybersixgill Dynamic Vulnerability Exploit (DVE) Intelligence provides a more effective way to calculate the danger and risk associated with a software vulnerability. By monitoring chatter, activity and proof-of-concept exploit code on the dark web, DVE Intelligence can determine with high accuracy which vulnerabilities will be exploited by cybercriminals within the next 90 days. This data enables security teams to prioritize certain vulnerabilities for remediation, mitigating the most dangerous vulnerabilities before they can be exploited by attackers.

Why Cybersixgill?

Cybersixgill protects organizations against malicious cyberattacks that originate in the deep and dark web – before they materialize. We accomplish this by empowering security teams with agile, automated and contextual cyber threat intelligence that exposes risk earlier and uncovers what attackers are planning before they strike.

Security teams rely on Cybersixgill to:

  • Prioritize vulnerability remediation.

  • Enhance phishing detection and phishing prevention.

  • Block ransomware attacks.

  • Mitigate data leaks and compromised credentials.

  • Get alerts about brand abuse.

  • Accelerate incident response.

  • Proactively hunt for threats.

With Cybersixgill, security teams can expose threats earlier, preempt attacks before they materialize, and seamlessly integrate threat intelligence throughout the organization.  


What is malware?

Malware is malicious software that, when downloaded to a computer or IT system, is designed to disrupt business operations, damage IT resources or enable attackers to gain unauthorized access to a computer system.

How can dark web monitoring improve malware detection? 

Before a malware attack is launched by threat actors, the code is likely to appear on dark websites where cybercriminals buy, sell and share the tools of their trade. By covertly monitoring and extracting intelligence from these sites, security teams can understand how a malware attack works and put defenses in place to block it before it launches.

What is phishing vs. malware?

Malware is often spread via a phishing attack, where attackers use messages that seem to come from trusted sources to dupe users into revealing their login credentials. Attackers can then use these compromised credentials to access an IT environment and download malware.