Dive into the dark web with NeedleStack May through June

Want to learn more about the dark web and how to (safely) use it for online research? Tuesdays, May through June, hosts Matt Ashburn and Jeff Phillips will explore the depths of the dark web. Get the basics on dark web research, learn from our expert guests and hear from pros that get the dark web to talk, including Darknet Diaries host Jack Rhysider!

Each week, NeedleStack will illuminate what lurks in the dark. Episodes will explore:

  • What is the dark web? And what darknets should you be using for professional research?
  • How can you safely search the dark web?
  • Busting cryptocurrency myths and how to leverage in investigations
  • How to research financial fraud on the dark web
  • What makes the dark web tick? Stories of true criminals, hackers and more

Each episode will answer crucial questions for how practitioners can gain a better understanding and improve their research. Join the podcast dedicated to professional online research by signing up below.

About NeedleStack

NeedleStack explores tips, tricks and insights to the practice of online research. Whether you’re an OSINT expert or online research just comes with the job, tune in to learn how to hone your skills, improve efficiency and protect yourself as you search the surface, deep and dark web. 

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Matt Ashburn
Matt Ashburn
Former White House CISO Host

Self-described "recovering CISO," Matt is a former CIA cybersecurity officer and director on the National Security Council. He brings his nearly 20 years' experience in intelligence and cybersecurity to the show each week. When not hosting NeedleStack, he's Caribbean island hopping or navigating DC's Flight Restricted Zone.

Jeff Phillips
Jeff Phillips
Tech industry pro Co-host

Jeff tech industry veteran of more than 20 years (take that, Matt), launching products and SaaS solutions in startups and Fortune 100 companies. If curiosity killed the cat, Jeff has nine lives. If he wasn't hosting NeedleStack, he'd be doing a podcast on: gym rats and the beauty of Oklahoma.