What is Signal Intelligence (SIGINT)?

Jon McGinley

February 14, 2024


What is Signal Intelligence (SIGINT)?

Feb 14, 2024

Jon McGinley


SIGINT is signal intelligence and dates back to WWI. The British intelligence agency – Room 40 – was famous for intercepting and decoding German telegrams and sending them to the front lines, allowing the Allied forces to outmaneuver their adversaries.

That’s called signal intelligence; the same thing exists on the Internet today. When you text, send an e-mail, message someone on Facebook or review available WIFI networks on your device, those are signals. They have a source and destination, unique identifying information wrapped around them, and they all fly through the Internet and leave traces on the deep/dark web. We’ve been doing this for about 10 years. We’ve trained our technology on 10s of thousands of real crime cases partnered with law enforcement, which is why, at this point, we have a high degree of accuracy with the results we deliver. The more cases we run, the more intelligent our system becomes; it learns from each case.

The deep and dark web is anything with an IP address. It can be anything with a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection; it’s your GPS, car, Bluetooth light bulbs, Wi-Fi-connected fridge, or Fitbit. The dark/ deep web’s most significant part is the world’s Internet routing machines and infrastructure machines. When you send me an e-mail, it doesn’t just go from your device through the air to my phone. That email, travelling near the speed of light, pings through 25 to 50 different Internet routing machines, and it can go all over the world before it lands in my inbox.

What happens when a criminal walks into a room with a phone?

Let’s dig into this a little more and see how that’s about to become a crime scene.

That phone leaks what we call cyber DNA fragments onto the deep/dark web, so it’s leaking tiny digital bits of identifying information about that person’s cyber profile onto the Internet.

And if you have the right technology, you can find those bits of digital DNA, piece it back into their digital footprint, and trace it back to the source. And unlike physical DNA, digital DNA doesn’t degrade. We’re not doing anything your digital forensics team can’t do, but since we are leveraging machine learning and AI, we’re working at speeds no human can.

We can figure out who they are, where they were, and when they were there.

What our system does is it goes in and finds all those DNA fragments that are part of the same person’s profile, and it builds an entire cyber profile of this person, including Geo-location and time information, so, in terms of the outcomes, that’s what we’re targeting for our customers in Law enforcement.

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