Black Hat USA 2015: OpenDNS Executives to Unveil a New Public Alert System for BGP Hijacks and Outages

Presentations at Black Hat and Security BSides Las Vegas detail New Threat Intelligence Tools




Dan Hubbard is the Chief Technology Officer at OpenDNS. A pioneering force in Internet security for more than 20 years, Dan's expertise spans from reputation systems to large scale data mining of the Internet and advanced classification systems. Prior to OpenDNS, Dan was the CTO at Websense, where he was responsible for research and development of existing and new technologies, investigating technology trends, and driving innovation globally across the company.

Andree Toonk is the manager of network engineering at OpenDNS, where he is responsible for the architecture of the OpenDNS Global Network. He also oversees the development, implementation and operations of the company’s infrastructure. Andree is the founder and lead developer of BGPmon (acquired by OpenDNS in 2015), where he specializes in BGP routing and BGP security incidents, such as routing hijacks and large scale outages.

Andrew Hess is a software engineer on the Research Systems team at OpenDNS, where he works to quantify the company's security intelligence and provide tools to make researchers as effective as possible. Andrew graduated from Washington University with majors in Systems Engineering and Electrical Engineering.


At Black Hat, Dan Hubbard and Andree Toonk will announce BGP Stream, an open information source that will make information about potentially malicious BGP hijacks and outages available to anyone, via Twitter. BGP is the fabric of routing on the Internet today. There are approximately half a million routes on the Internet originated by about 50,000 unique Autonomous Systems. Throughout the last couple years, there have been several large scale BGP incidents, such as outages and hijacks of networks. BGPmon has operated a network of BGP probes, classifiers, and associated alerts on these changes and has discovered and publicized several attacks that utilize BGP. By subscribing to BGP Stream, security professionals can monitor and alert potentially damaging network changes that affect traffic flows.
At Security BSides Las Vegas, Andrew Hess will discuss OpenDNS IntelDB. OpenDNS IntelDB is a graph database system that captures and stores all security-related data for the entire organization. In addition to providing valuable data such as whitelisting and threat attribution, this system is the foundation for the next generation of security research at OpenDNS. Andrew’s presentation will give a brief overview of the system and walk through how it influences security research at OpenDNS.


”BGP Stream” at Black Hat USA 2015
Thursday, August 6, 2015 from 12:10 - 1:00 PM Pacific Time
Mandalay Bay Convention Center, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89119
South Seas IJ
“Advancing Internet Security Research with Big Data and Graph Databases” at Security BSides Las Vegas
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 from 12:00 - 12:25 PM Pacific Time
Tuscany Suites & Casino at 255 E. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169
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About OpenDNS

OpenDNS is the world's leading provider of Internet security and DNS services, enabling the world to connect to the Internet with confidence on any device, anywhere, anytime. OpenDNS provides millions of businesses, schools and households with a safer, faster and more intelligent Internet experience by protecting them from malicious Web threats and providing them control over how users navigate the Internet, while dramatically increasing the network's overall performance and reliability. The company’s cloud-delivered Umbrella security service protects enterprise users from malware, botnets and phishing regardless of location or device. At the heart of all OpenDNS services is the OpenDNS Global Network, the world’s largest Internet-wide security network, securing 50 million active users daily through 21 data centers worldwide. For more information, please visit:


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Release Summary

Media advisory for Black Hat USA 2015, featuring Dan Hubbard and Andree Toonk from OpenDNS unveiling BGP Stream.


Stephen Lynch, 415-344-3131