Halifax-Based Security Firm LifeRaft Probe the Dark Web

Halifax-based LifeRaft and U.S partner in probing dark web. Halifax-based security intelligence company LifeRaft has struck a partnership with Denver-based information security company DarkOwl, which will improve its ability to find information on the “dark web.”

LifeRaft whose primary product is Navigator, which helps large organisations and other clients to scan social media and other online material to detect threats against them. The hopes of this deal to probe the dark web, a part of the internet that is only accessible using special software, and allowing users and website operators to remain anonymous or untraceable.

Under the new partnership, DarkOwl’s Vision platform will be embedded into Navigator to improve Liferaft’s ability to scan the dark web, media reports said.

The dark web is the part of the World Wide Web that is only accessible using special software, allowing users and website operators to remain anonymous or untraceable.

By extending its reach into the dark web, LifeRaft aims to improve its clients’ ability to detect groups that may wish them harm, according to the reports.

[pullquote align=”normal” cite=”LifeRaft CEO John Gallinaugh”]”DarkOwl is a perfect complement to our expertise in open-source intelligence,” [/pullquote]

“DarkOwl is a perfect complement to our expertise in open-source intelligence,” LifeRaft CEO John Gallinaugh recently told reporters. “We are constantly looking for ways to add value to our customers with additional sources and only look to the best in class to partner. We are quite pleased with the relationship and results of our partnership with DarkOwl.”

LifeRaft’s customers will be able to use DarkOwl’s datasets to search and track important information that could potentially expose them to serious risk; this includes material that in some cases could not be found without these datasets.

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Data and material hidden in the dark web could include secure credentials, personal information, intellectual property, stolen credit cards or counterfeit documents, malware and viruses, according to experts.

“This partnership empowers us to put vital, full-scope threat intelligence into the hands of as many organisations as possible. We look forward to continuing to expand our darknet intelligence offering within LifeRaft’s Navigator platform and in doing so, bolstering them as the leading provider of open source intelligence in the industry,” DarkOwl CEO Mark Turnage said in a statement.

LifeRaft started in 2014 to develop technology that could scan social media to find words or phrases that indicated someone was contemplating a crime. The company has refined its mission to help organisations and large companies find out early if someone wants to harm them.

The reports also said that LifeRaft had signed a similar partnership with PlanetRisk, a security and risk analytics firm based in Virginia. PlanetRisk has since been acquired by Burlington, Mass.-based Everbridge and LifeRaft have maintained the strategic partnership, which it says has been “very positive.”