alphaMountain Co-founder and CEO John Ahlander was recently featured in an interview by CyberNews online magazine entitled “John Ahlander, alphaMountain.ai: “malicious actors are ready to take advantage of any situation”.
Can you tell us a little bit about what you do?
alphaMountain.ai provides threat intelligence, web reputation, and content classification to help companies determine what is safe or unsafe on the Internet. This data is used either for blocking an Internet access point or investigating potential threats in their log analysis tools.
As an example, if you think about a company like Cisco, Symantec, or McAfee, they provide products to protect your devices from malware or prevent you from accessing a malicious website. Behind that technology, there is threat intelligence data that provides the information to determine what is safe and what is not. This prevents access to malware, phishing, scams, ransomware, malvertising, and other nefarious actions from bad actors. alphaMountain.ai provides this proprietary data for over 1 billion domains and IPs in all geographies and languages.
How did the recent global events affect your field of work?
Whenever there’s any kind of crisis – whether it’s a hurricane, fire, pandemic, or war – we see a large uptick in malicious websites trying to scam people. When Covid-19 hit, there were a huge number of new fraudulent websites collecting money for Covid relief. Similarly, after the war in Ukraine started, we saw another surge in websites for fake charities collecting money for food, supplies, or other forms of disaster relief. In some cases, we saw sites collecting money for Ukrainian refugees that were repurposed on top of what used to be a malicious Covid-19 relief website.
This goes to show that network security never slows down – there are malicious actors ready to take advantage of any situation.