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Billington Cybersecurity Summit, Washington DC, USA – 12th September, 2016 – Titan IC Systems (Titan IC) today announces that LookingGlass Cyber Solutions (“LookingGlass”) has signed a multi-year strategic partnership to further advance their state of the art network–based threat mitigation with the Titan IC Helios regular expression (RegEx) processor.LookingGlass threat mitigation solutions will take full advantage of the Helios RegEx processor to assist in threat detection by implementing tens of thousands of complex regular expressions in network data at speeds up to 40 Gb/s. Titan IC has developed this ground-breaking technology and has implemented it on a Xilinx Kintex Ultrascale Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA), so it can be specifically customized for each customer’s needs. The technology can be easily updated while in full operation allowing the addition of new complex regular expressions during run time. “This breakthrough Titan IC technology allows us to continue delivering state-of-the-art high-performance threat mitigation solutions,” said A.J Shipley, VP of Products at LookingGlass. “The Titan IC Helios RegEx processor will further enhance our threat mitigation product line to easily scale to the tens of thousands of prioritized rules being delivered from our threat intelligence platform to our threat mitigation system”. Regular expression processing has mainly been executed in software up until now and has thus suffered inherent throughput difficulties that require vast amounts of host processing. However, with the introduction of the Titan IC Helios RegEx processor, many of these issues can be eradicated by hardware offload acceleration on FPGA. The Helios RegEx processor is proficient in analysing data at full network throughput rates reaching 40 Gb/s and can implement up to 1 million complex regular expressions in parallel. “We are delighted to have signed this new license agreement with LookingGlass and we welcome them into the Titan IC RegEx ecosystem. We congratulate them for their vision and innovation in being one of the first companies to recognise the benefits of RegEx offload acceleration on FPGA,” said Noel McKenna, CEO, Titan IC. “With ever increasing cyber security threats and even higher network data speeds, there is a real necessity for the combined technology that LookingGlass and Titan IC are bringing to the market.” Visit Titan IC at 7th Annual Billington Cyber Security Summit 2016Titan IC is exhibiting their latest Helios RegEx processor and Hyperion PCle acceleration cards on the Titan IC booth at the 7th Annual Billington Cyber Security Summit in the Ronald Reagan Building International Trade Centre, Washington DC, on September 13, 2016. To book a demonstration or to meet with one of the Titan IC team at the exhibition, please email sales@titanicsystems.com. About LookingGlass Cyber SolutionsLookingGlass Cyber Solutions delivers comprehensive threat intelligence-driven security through a scalable solution portfolio of machine readable threat intelligence (MRTI), threat intelligence management platforms with 140+ data sources transformed into global Internet and threat intelligence, network-based threat mitigation, and threat intelligence services. By addressing risks across structured Indicators of Compromise (IoCs), unstructured and open source data (OSINT), and internal network telemetry, customers gain unprecedented understanding into threats that may impact their business including cyber, physical assets, and third party partners. Prioritized, relevant and timely insights enable customers to operationalize threat intelligence in an effective and efficient way throughout the threat lifecycle. For more information, visit LookingGlassCyber.com. About Titan IC Systems LtdHeadquartered in Belfast Northern Ireland, Titan IC Systems Ltd is a recent spin out company from the Centre for Secure Information Technology (CSIT) at Queens University Belfast, Northern Ireland. Titan IC is a world leader in the development of hardware engines for content and network processing. The solutions offered include regular expression (RegEx) acceleration for use in all aspects of network security including: Intrusion Detection/Prevention, Application Detection, Anti-Virus, Content/URL filtering. These solutions are available as PCIe cards for inclusion in Network servers or as licensable Intellectual property for use on Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) or custom Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC).
SECURITY OUTFIT PROOFPOINT has made its point again and uncovered a thing called AdGholas which it warned is a pretty damn significant malvertising campaign. The firm has already smashed the campaign into the ground, thanks to work with service providers and fellow security company Trend Micro. The campaign was used by three groups, and a number of websites were affected by the placement of infected adverts.

A Proofpoint blog post explained that victims included the Belfast Telegraph and a French hotel. "Proofpoint researchers have discovered and analysed a massive malvertising network operating since 2015, run by a threat actor we designated as AdGholas and pulling in as many as one million client machines per day," the firm said. "This malvertising operation infected thousands of victims every day using a combination of techniques including sophisticated filtering and steganography, as analysed by fellow researchers at Trend Micro. "While AdGholas appears to have ceased operation in the wake of action by advertising network operators following notification by Proofpoint, the scale and sophistication of this operation demonstrate the continued evolution and effectiveness of malvertising." Proofpoint does a lot of this sort of thing, and just recently cast a dark light over Pokémon. AdGholas might seem like any other old malvertising whack but is a bit of a pioneer in that it is first such campaign to use stenography in drive-by malware attacks. "This campaign represents the first documented use of steganography in a drive-by malware campaign, and the attacks employed ‘informational disclosure' bugs perceived to be low risk to stay below the radar of vendors and researchers," Proofpoint said. AdGholas even used evasive tactics to avoid discovery and suspicion, and redirected or mimicked legitimate sites when under close inspection.

And it did all this undetected for over a bloody year. We guess the lesson here is to trust in security companies and don't click on links that don't look kosher.

Easier said than done. µ
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