Dancho Danchev, Bulgarian Hacker, Security Researcher
We thought it would be interesting to ask Dancho a few questions about his background, open source intelligence, current trends in the cybersecurity community, the Dark Web, government security, zero-day threats, and his efforts that resulted in the take-down Koobface, the world’s largest botnet at the time.
Formerly a ZDNet Zero Day blogger for more than four years, Dancho also worked as a security blogger for Webroot. In 2011, he was selected by SCMagazine for their Social Media award as a finalist for his twitter account at the time. Dancho also presented at UKs GCHQ including Canadian Intelligence Service’s HQ, and a Keynote presentation on “Exposing Koobface - The World’s Largest Botnet”.
In 2016, Dancho presented at CyberCamp RSA Europe and InfoSec Europe on current cybercrime trends and cyber jihad. Prior to this, he also was one of the primary developers of the underground network known as Astalavisita.
Dancho is often cited and frequently referenced cybercrime researcher, security blogger and threat intelligence analyst with over a decade in fighting cybercrime and actively responding to current and emerging cybercrime threats.
Dancho also worked as a Technical Collector for the infamous LockDown2000 anti-trojan software solution, including working as a Trojan Database Manager for the market-leading Trojan Defense Suite anti-trojan vendor. His research blog, Mind Streams of Information Security Knowledge, reportedly has over 5.6M active pageviews and visitors since it was started in 2005.
Dancho got started with computer security in the 90s, researching trojans and hacking tools and writing about them for a software company that developed anti-trojan solutions.