In its fight against the botnets, malware and hackers, Facebook has realised that on its own it can only do so much so for ThreatEchange it has teamed up with several tech and big Internet companies.
“ThreatExchange is built on the existing Facebook platform infrastructure, and we layered APIs on top of it so that partner companies can query the available threat information and also publish to all or a subset of participating organizations,” Mark Hammell, the manager of the Threat Infrastructure team at Facebook, explained in a post.
He further adds, “Threat data is typically freely available information like domain names and malware samples, but for situations where a company might only want to share certain indicators with companies known to be experiencing the same issues, built-in controls make limited sharing easy and help avoid errors by using a pre-defined set of data fields.”
“Threats like malware and phishing typically go after multiple targets, and a successful attack at one place usually makes it easier to take over systems elsewhere. We share in each other’s fate,” Hammell noted.
“Our goal is that organizations anywhere will be able to use ThreatExchange to share threat information more easily, learn from each other’s discoveries, and make their own systems safer,” concluded Hammell.
Currently, ThreatExchange is only available in beta and interested participants can fill out a form on Facebook’s site in order to be a part of this initiative.