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InSecurity Podcast: Andrew Lewman Asks - Isn’t the Dark Net for Criminals?

“What’s changed most about Tor is the drug markets have taken over. We had all these hopeful things in the beginning but ever since Silk Road has proven you can do it – the criminal use of Tor has become overwhelming. I think 95% of what we see on the onion sites and other dark net sites is just criminal activity. It varies in severity from copyright piracy to drug markets to horrendous trafficking of humans…”
~ Andrew Lewman;
Cyberscoop, 22 May, 2017

Do you know what the Darknet is? No, seriously – do you actually understand what the Darknet is?

On this episode of the InSecurity Podcast, Matt Stephenson and Michelle Moskowitz speak with DarkOwl Executive VP Andrew Lewman about the Darknet. As the former CEO of The Tor Project, he knows a thing or two about what happens in the upside-down of the Internet.

From the Multiverse of Darknets to why business needs to be concerned with activity on the Darknet, to the work Andrew is doing with law enforcement, it’s a wide-open look at an area not everyone understands. Check it out…


About Andrew Lewman

Andrew Lewman (@andrewlewman) is the Executive Vice President at DarkOwl. He has more than 30 years of global-scale technology experience in a variety of domains, including information security, systems administration, and data management. His interest lies in the intersection of technology and humans.

He successfully grew a few companies as a co-founder and top executive, such as TechTargetThe Tor ProjectFarsight Security, and DarkOwl. Andrew advises the U.S. and its allies, having worked on SAFER Warfighter, MEMEX, SHARKSEER, CRISP, and others, and as a technology advisor to Interpol’s Crimes Against Children Initiative.

Andrew is a keynote speaker and frequent media contact for conferences, invited speeches and the global press. He is published with Elsevier Digital Investigations, EMCDDA, and Fordham University Press. Andrew’s most recent publication is in Digital Investigation: The darknet’s smaller than we thought: The lifecycle of Tor Hidden Services. As Treasurer for Emerge, Andrew is helping to stop domestic violence through counseling abusers. As Chairman of Each One Teach One, he’s providing economic opportunity for women and girls through technology education.

About Michelle Moskowitz

Michelle Moskowitz is Vice President of Business Development & Chief of Staff at Sublime Communications. In her previous lives, she spun up the New Media Division for Lifetime network as well as working with numerous cybersecurity startups.

With a career spent swimming in the waters of digital marketing and consulting, Michelle has somehow found the time to also be a journalist at the Greenwich Sentinel.

Michelle will be joining us as a recurring co-host to bring additional perspective to the important role that communication plays in a world that grows increasingly technical.

About Matt Stephenson

InSecurity host Matt Stephenson (@packmatt73) leads the Broadcast Media team at BlackBerry, which puts him in front of crowds, cameras, and microphones all over the world. He is the regular host of the InSecurity Podcast and video series at events around the globe.

Twenty years of work with the world’s largest security, storage, and recovery companies has introduced Stephenson to some of the most fascinating people in the industry. He wants to get those stories told so that others can learn from what has come before.


The InSecurity Podcast

About The InSecurity Podcast

Every week on the InSecurity Podcast, host Matt Stephenson interviews leading authorities in the security industry to gain an expert perspective on topics including risk management, security control friction, compliance issues, and building a culture of security. Each episode provides relevant insights for security practitioners and business leaders working to improve their organization’s security posture and bottom line.

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