According Facebook’s threat infrastructure team manager, Mark Hammell (not Mark Hammill a.k.a. Luke Skywalker, although that would be awesome), “companies in the technology, security, insurance, financial services, higher education and defense sectors, as well as Internet Service Providers, have begun sharing threat information,” on the organization’s ThreatExchange platform.
Among the companies sharing information are heavyweights such as Microsoft Corp., Yahoo Inc., PayPal Holdings Inc. and Dropbox Inc. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that requests for “information about malware families, IP addresses linked to possible cyberattacks and other threat indicators,” make up the majority of the more than 3 million shares/requests made each month by participating companies.
However, someone didn’t get the invitation: the government. Hammell told the Christian Science Monitor that the government would not be invited until “there is legislation that clearly defines how information from sharing platforms can be used by these parties.”