Media Company Discovers Intellectual Property Leak on the Dark Web

Mitigating the Growing Number of IP Incidents on the Dark Web

The dark web is home to anonymous online marketplaces, where nefarious goods and services can be purchased, including goods and services infringe on intellectual property rights. It is very common to discover the sale of leaked information, pirated products, trad secrets and breached customer data.

A major media company approached DigitalStakeout with the need to increase dark web visibility. Using DigitalStakeout Scout, a content production analyst the media company discovered a pre-release copy of a movie production on the dark web. The analyst was able to review the quality of the video to determine it was a legitimate pre-release copy provided to production members. Recognizing the negative financial impact of the movie on a secondary source, the media company acted immediately to identify the source of the leak.

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Pre-Release Production Names and Markers Monitored

Each of the company’s production internal and external names and specific intellectual property loss terminology was monitored in DigitalStakeout Scout across social, deep and dark web data sources. Any external detection of pre-release names would likely indicate a breach of confidentiality and security on the project.

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Collection Coverage and Entity Level Filtering Enhances Triage Capabilities

DigitalStakeout’s continuous collection of dark site content and enriched metadata processing provided threat data for the analyst to analyze and triage the data leak more closely. The analyst was able to determine the company had no additional loss of intellectual property on the site.

Intellectual Property Loss Processes & Coverage Modified

The rapid detection of the intellectual property leak enabled the company to take legal action to mitigate a negative financial impact. Analysts added the site to a knowledge base of intellectual property threats for future context. The security team also improved procedures in the dissemination of production content during pre-release.