As online criminals change tactics to shake off law enforcement, Bluestone Analytics must keep up with the fast-moving trends such as hacking tutorials and cryptocurrencies vital to modern criminal activity. “The dark web has been around for more than a decade and is growing at an alarming rate,” says Nack. “Being able to access these hard-to-get datasets at scale and with persistence is fundamental to our mission.”
Bluestone Analytics has also expanded its service beyond the dark web to infiltrate other open web sources which host illicit activity. This adds to the volume of data that it must collect and process.