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1/21/22, 11:49 AM Darktrace and Cybereason: The Intelligence Front Companies Seeking to Subjugate the World with the A.I. Singularity 

Darktrace and Cybereason: The Intelligence 
Front Companies Seeking to Subjugate the 
World with the A.I. Singularity 

Meet two power cybersecurity companies riddled with American, British, 

and Israeli intelligence agents who plan on using Al technology to target 
foreign populations as well as their own. 


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We're now at a point in history where either the coming events will be studied for 
thousands of years, or it will be remembered as the point where we lost our humanity 
completely. Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) technology has entered a new phase over the past 
several years, where instead of the A.I. algorithms learning from humans, they are now 
teaching themselves, changing their own algorithms as they learn. We are on the cusp of 
letting go of control entirely, so early on, because of a few small companies who have 
quietly been given free reign under the guise of “protecting” our digital lives, all within a 
tech sector that is moving so fast that we can no longer see what's just around the bend. 

The entire free thinking population of Earth would love a little more time to discuss such 
epochal change. However, the technocrats and scientists, supported by venture 
capitalists, are already putting into action the future before the masses have a chance to 
even consider discussing its consequences. With very little legislation governing A.I. 
technologies on the books, our governments are eager to get every tech pioneer 
inventing whilst there is no accountability for any resulting harm. We’re not talking major 
societal disruption, we're talking about a potential extinction level event of our own 
creation. Where we should be taking cautious baby steps, instead we're expecting to fly 
just by letting go. 

We are about to experience a monumental change in technology, starting with “next- 
generation” cybersecurity that will then move quickly into the unknown. Unsupervised 
A.l., now running on critical networks throughout the world as a “cybersecurity” product, 
is evolving its own algorithm without the need for humans to be involved. Meanwhile, the 
wealthy patrons funding this cutting edge future tech are out in force, working to propel 
our societies into this new, unexplored and dystopian technological frontier. 

But who are the companies that these eager wealthy venture capitalists are funding to 
create an autonomous, A.I|.-powered cyber defence system like never before? Are they 
even companies at all when we consider their deep and direct ties to intelligence 
agencies? Should these firms instead be reclassified as simply extensions of state 
intelligence apparatus acting without the restrictions of public accountability? 

Each of these companies have been built by teams of former intelligence operatives, 
some of who have sat in the highest echelons of the intelligence apparati of their 
respective countries. MI5 and C.I.A. both carry considerable weight in these sinister 
sounding enterprises, but it is Israels Unit 8200 that are the main group capitalising on 
this advance into the world-altering realm of unsupervised Artificial Intelligence 

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Yet, these very companies appear to be selling a defence against a potential apocalypse 
that they themselves may be responsible for. They have the solutions to everyone’s 
cyber-woes, or at least that’s the image they wish to portray. Let me introduce you to the 
most dangerous intelligence operations masquerading as cybersecurity companies on 
planet Earth. 

Darktrace - The Unsupervised 
Machine Learning A.I. 
Cybersecurity Solution 

The members of Darktrace are open about their aims. They talk about publicly held data 
as though they already have the rights to sell it to anyone around the world. Data is the 
fuel of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and Darktrace has made almost $2 billion in the 
data business during its relatively short history, reaching Unicorn status with great ease. 
When Darktrace first launched its website in 2013, its description of the company’s vision 
was entitled, “The New Normal: Learn Human and Machine Behavior to Reduce Cyber 
Security Risks.” Back then we were less familiar with the term “the new normal,” but now 
it surrounds us. Darktrace is already active within the NHS, the U.K. power grid, and many 
other major parts of Britain's critical infrastructure and they are rapidly expanding around 
the globe. 

Dave Palmer was an MI5 anti-terror agent working on the 2012 London Olympics when he 
and some of his colleagues first bashed out the initial idea for what would become 
Darktrace. They wanted to create an A.I. cybersecurity system that was based on the 
human immune system, a system that differed from the traditional, reactive antivirus 
software approach. This system would look for abnormalities in a computer network’s 
processes to target a wider range of more sophisticated cyber issues. 

Palmer had spent 14 years working for MI5 and GCH@Q in a role creating secure networks 
for British spies to communicate. He would eventually approach two mathematicians from 
Cambridge University to help make his dreams reality at the tail end of 2012. These 
mathematicians were working on projects related to using unsupervised machine learning 
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self-aware A.l. alike have warned, that machine intelligence will not only surpass human 
intelligence, but advance at an incomprehensible rate, which major and world-altering 

In a TechCrunch talk in 2016, the freshly installed co-CEO of Darktrace, Poppy 
Gustafsson, is caught misleading the audience about the company’s origins. She uses the 
TechCrunch stage to claim that the “spark” for the creation of Darktrace originally came 
from the mathematicians at Cambridge and downplayed the involvement of intelligence 
agencies like MI5, GCHQ, and the C.I.A. The TechCrunch moderator, Natasha Lomas, 
displayed some fine journalistic integrity on this occasion and asked for clarification. “So 
did the maths research come first and then you got together with the spies. Which way 
round was it?” asked the intrepid Lomas. Gustafsson squirms a little before saying, “it was 
exactly that. First the machine learning that was talking about how to critique a computer 
to help it understand itself. And then it was the, um, experts from the government 
intelligence agencies who thought ‘ooh, this could be applied to the problem of 
cybersecurity.” But that statement was an outright lie and Gustafsson isn’t the most 
skilled deceiver. 

Gustafsson, who was initially CFO and COO for the fledgling Darktrace, runs the company 
alongside the other co-CEO Nicole Eagen, an alumnus of Oracle, a major tech company 
that also has its origins in intelligence. Both parts of Darktrace’s female power duo were 
brought over from Invoke Capital by Darktrace’s initial angel investor and advisory board 
member, UK billionaire Dr. Mike Lynch OBE. Describing himself as the “UKs answer to Bill 
Gates“, Dr. Mike Lynch is lauded as one of the most influential investors in the tech sector. 
His previous successful endeavours had been with Autonomy, a tech firm that has Lynch 
caught up in a legal wrangle with HP over the fraudulent inflation of its valuation, and 
Blinkx, a video search company where Lynch was later forced to step down from the 

Dr. Mike Lynch's problems with Hewlett Packard are not to be understated as was made 
clear in a Telegraph article that described it as “the trial of the century.” But, before that 
spectacle can take place, Mike Lynch must first be extradited and his protracted court 
battle to resist extradition has led to some uncertainty surrounding the future of 
Darktrace whilst Lynch is still active within the company. It was also recently reported in 
the mainstream media that the Wall Street bank Goldman Sachs had declined to take a 
role in the initial public offering (IPO) of Darktrace due to Mike Lynch's ongoing extradition 
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Yet, Darktrace is not just one man working alone. The company boasts that over 4000 
organisations worldwide now rely on Darktrace’s A.I. technologies. With headquarters in 
San Francisco, US, and Cambridge, UK, Darktrace has over 1300 employees spread 
across 44 countries and their numbers are rising. And although the connections to the 
state intelligence agencies are clear and obvious, Darktrace is officially a completely 
private enterprise with big investors including KKR, Summit Partners, Vitruvian Partners, 
Samsung Ventures, TenEleven Ventures, Hoxton Ventures, Talis Capital, Invoke Capital 
and Insight Venture Partners. Sitting alongside the controversial Dr. Mike Lynch OBE on 
the advisory board for Darktrace are some seriously influential people deeply connected 
to US and UK intelligence agencies. 

One of the first members appointed to Darktrace’s advisory board was Jonathan Evans, 
also referred to as Baron Evans of Weardale. Evans was previously the Director General of 
MI5, taking over from Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller in 2007 and staying in the most 
senior intelligence role that the UK has to offer until 2013. After his time as head of MI5, 
Evans initially joined HSBC Holdings as a non-executive Director, a role he also took up at 
Ark, a highly secure UK data centre. 

If you were to walk into the advisory boardroom at Darktrace, you could be forgiven for 
thinking that you were actually attending a U.K. Home Office meeting from the past. The 
former Home Secretary under Prime Minister Theresa May, Amber Rudd, became part of 
Darktrace after her time in government ended in 2019. She is also on the advisory team of 
Teneo, a consulting firm co-founded and led by Doug Band, the former advisor to Bill 
Clinton and close friend of the infamous Jeffrey Epstein. As always, when investigating 
the murky world of intelligence, many connections to Epstein and his partner Ghislaine 
Maxwell are revealed. 

With that being said, yet another member of Darktrace’s advisory board also has 
Epstein/Maxwell links. The C.I.A. stalwart, Alan Wade, is one of the most interesting 
members of the Darktrace advisory team. He was announced as joining their growing 
advisory board on 10 May 2016 and had been the former Chief Information Officer of the 
Central Intelligence Agency. His thirty- five year career at the top echelons of the C.I.A. 
ended in 2006 and afterwards he would dedicate his time to assisting companies with 
C.I.A. links from the private sector. 

While he had been at one of the top posts in the entire U.S. intelligence community, Wade 
co-founded Chiliad alongside Ghislaine Maxwell's sister, Christine Maxwell. As Unlimited 

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software, which had a backdoor for Israeli intelligence, to both the U.S.’ public and private 
sectors. Given this history, it is certainly telling that Wade would choose to co-found a 
major software company with Christine Maxwell of all people. 

When it was still active as a company, Chiliad described itself as “the leader in data 
analysis across clouds, agencies, departments and other stovepipes” and it ran on the 
computers and databases of nearly every major national security system in the U.S. 
government. But nowadays, its defunct website gives us just the standard error message. 

Rounding out the Darktrace advisory board is their token academic, Professor Nick 
Jennings CB FREng, who serves the Vice-Provost for Research and Enterprise at Imperial 
College London. Yet, Jennings has also been the U.K. ‘s Government's Chief Scientific 
Advisor for National Security and is currently a member of the U.K. government's Al 
council, a very convenient position to hold given Darktrace’s ambitions. 

These characters that comprise Darktrace’s leadership and board stand ready to put 
forward a solution to all of our problems related to cybersecurity. You can simply install a 
box and let Darktrace care for your network, placing your trust in an A.I. approaching self- 
awareness that is managed by intelligence-linked individuals with questionable pasts all 
for peace of mind and “convenience.” But what will they be fighting? 

Cybereason -From Offensive, 
State-Sponsored Hackers to A.I. 

As we have experienced at other memorable moments in history, coincidental simulations 
prior or during any intelligence agency led manipulated event are commonplace. On this 
occasion, a company named Cybereason is here to provide us with a short glimpse of our 
pending fearful futures. In multiple simulations Cybereason has run over the last few 
years, they have been gaming out how potential cyberattacks could cause unthinkable 
disaster for the U.S. 2020 election. 6/15 

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former Israeli Unit 8200 member, co-founded Cybereason in 2012 alongside Yossi Naar 
and Yonatan Striem-Amit, who are also fellow veterans of Israel's military cybersecurity 
corps. A scholar from the Academic College of Tel-Aviv, Lior Div afterwards worked as a 
software engineer for Xacct a network service provider followed by the notorious firm 
Amdocs, which was accused of eavesdropping on American government officials on 
behalf of Israel. In between Amdocs and Cybereason, Lior Div was the CEO and co- 
founder of Israeli cybersecurity firm AlfaTech which is described in its national media as 
“a cybersecurity services company for Israeli government agencies.” 

Cybereason, in a bizarre advert promoting a fictional product they called Cyberblast, 
described themselves as “the leader in endpoint protection, offering endpoint detection 
and response, next-generation antivirus, and managed monitoring services powered by 
paradigm-shifting, military-grade technology leveraging artificial intelligence and machine 
learning.” The marketers at Cybereason have gone all out to show themselves as a Silicon 
Valley style start-up where they spend all their days cooking, drinking, dancing, and doing 
barely any work, but in reality it is a company partially owned by such defence giants 
such as Lockheed Martin and who have very close ties to the Israeli intelligence 
apparatus. Through their partnership with Lockheed Martin, Cybereason now his its A.l.- 
driven cybersecurity software running on some of the U.S. government's most classified 
networks, including numerous, critical U.S. military systems. 

Yet, it’s not only major weapons developers like Lockheed Martin who have invested in 
this hi-tech cybersecurity platform. Reuters reported in August 2019 that Japanese firm 
Softbank has invested previously in the company, along with venture capital firms CRV 
and Spark Capital. Spark Capital's investment portfolio includes Twitter, Oculus, Wayfair, 
Coinbase, Plaid, among many other big players. CRV’s investments include Dropbox, 
Patreon, but also A.I. and machine learning related enterprises such as Standard 
Cognition and Dyno Therapeutics. 

As with Darktrace, Cybereason offers what is described as a next generation antivirus 
technology which, instead of responding to attacks when detected, will use A.I. and 
machine learning to see abnormalities to a network's usual processes in real time. 

Some of the simulations that Cybereason have hosted over the past two years lead us to 
election day. In a video entitled:_2018 -10 Hacking the Vote from a scenario and 
simulation which was actually entitled Blackout; Protect the Vote, the simulation examines 
which parts of an election day processes were vulnerable to hackers. They make clear 

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Operation Blackout 

Nolandia, the fictional city which was ground zero during Operation Blackout, was based 
on an average American city nestled within a crucial swing state on election day. Here in 
Nolandia, three teams of cyber-fighters would battle with each other over control of the 

These would be the three teams each with succinct roles in the polling day pretence, as 
told to us by Cybereason’s Ross Rustici and Sam Curry: 

Red Team AKA Broken Eagle Task Force: The basic aim of the Broken Eagle’s Task Force 
was to disrupt the election processes in real time. The Red’s approach evolved throughout 
the simulation from causing as much harm as they could into making the result of the 
election as in doubt and politically biased as possible. They attempted to control the 
narrative that the system was broken and that the elections could not be trusted. 

Blue Team AKA Nolandia Event Task Force: The Blue’s were fundamentally reactive 
during the simulation and were constantly on the backfoot. The Blue’s, responding to a 
reported gas leak at a Nolandia polling station early in the scenario, contacted the 
Secretary of State’s office to ask whether they needed to close the polling station. 
Luckily, the real State Department had two advisors sitting in on the simulation who were 
able to offer alternative contingency plans that existed in real world America. By the end 
of the simulation, the Blue’s were all aware that they had largely failed the exercise. 

White Team AKA White Control Team: This team acted as support to give advice or 
permission to either team, in a role very much like the Dungeon Master in a D&D game. 
The White’s main task was to balance the realism of the scenario and create problems for 
either team that they’d experience in the real world. 

In November 2019, Cybereason re-ran their election day attack simulation at an event in 
Washington D.C. and have run multiple simulations over the last year. The last imagined 
American city was called Adversaria. As the election day creeps ever closer, Cybereason 
have been releasing it’s more well produced promo videos online. If you’re paying very 
close attention then you will have noticed that Cybereason have spent all of October 
2020 marketing heavily as their big day approaches. Representatives of Cybereason are 
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Vice News released an article on 7 October entitled: “Hospitals Have Become ‘Prime 
Targets’ for Crippling Ransomware Attacks,” where they quote Israel Barak, Cybereason’s 
Chief Information Security Officer, the article states that Barak is “a cyber warfare expert 
at Cybereason, spent nine years in the Israel Defence Forces specialising in cyber 
defence systems.” And when Computer Weeklys Adam Scroxton, on 20 October, was 
reporting on the conviction of the six supposed Russian hackers in the famous NotPetya 
attack, Cybereason rolled out their CSO, Sam Curry, to give a statement. 

In a 5 minute video released by the channel Freethink, released on 21 October 2020, 
entitled Hacker's Simulate Election Day Blackout, Sam Curry, Cybereason’s Chief Security 
Officer, speaks openly about the possibilities of election day interference happening in 
the coming Presidential showdown. “No-one has seen an election like we expect the 
2020 Presidential Election to be,” says Curry, “the stakes are high for 2020. Frankly, this is 
the game to win.” 

In a Wired article on 22 October titled: 12 Cyber Threats That Could Wreak Havoc on the 
Election, Wired explains: “The security firm Cybereason last year ran a series of tabletop 
exercises specifically looking at how real-world attacks might impact Election Day. One 
exercise focused on a hacktivist group—known in the exercise as “Kill Organized Systems 
(K-OS),” pun intended—that disrupted traffic lights and brought the election to a standstill 
by paralyzing the city’s transportation system.” The media appearances for Cybereason 
have never come so thick and fast as they have this past October. One could even 
assume that these appearances are a media campaign leading up towards a big event. 

And then, on 26 October 2020, Cybereason released a new promo video entitled: “We are 
the Defenders. The first to your fight.” In the two-minute piece, a Hollywood-esque movie 
intro narrator is accompanied by a CGI killer robot owl, with knives for wings and evil 
glowing eyes. They’re obviously looking to project their image as one of the wise, old 
protectors of cyberspace, or maybe something much worse. Regardless of the reason for 
the killer robot owls, Cybereason are sinister enough without them. 

The Usual Suspects 

Cybereason also has links to one of the usual suspects, Brigadier Pinchas Buchris. The 
former Deputy Commander of an elite IDF operations unit and former Commander of the 9/15 

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flying Israeli intelligence operative joined the board of Cybereason shortly after his time 
spent at Carbyne911. Carbyne, an Israeli 911 call platform which saw initial investment 
from Jeffrey Epstein, Nicole Junkermann, and Peter Thiel, was founded by Ehud Barak 
and other ex Israeli intelligence giants. 

Carbyne911 is an excellent example of how Israeli intelligence companies are trying to 
subvert and infiltrate our current systems. And since my initial article exposing their 
sinister team of ex-Unit 8200 members in 2019, Carbyne has had to change nearly every 
member of their advisory board. Now, the members chosen to be on their board are 
nearly all ex-American intelligence and state representatives with barely a Unit 8200 
member anywhere in sight. This was an obvious attempt to distance the company from 
Israeli intelligence and steamroll on towards their aim to be in control of the private data 
of every American. Carbyne911 have been pushing to be involved in the Covid-19 track 
and trace apps as well as continuing to try and take over the American emergency 
services communication infrastructure. The people now occupying these positions at 
Carbyne911 will be examined in greater detail on another day. 

Darktrace, Cybereason and Carbyne911 aren't simply pioneers in a fast moving tech 
sector. Rather, they are intrinsically linked to the same old intelligence agencies who are 
attempting to reinvent themselves under a different, more acceptable guise. They are 
creating the infrastructure designed to subvert our current systems. An unsupervised A.l. 
behemoth that will require as much data as possible to power and our governments have 
already agreed to give away everything they can. 

All of these technologies must be thought about, not only in relation to just an election 
day cyber-attack or a terrorist event, but instead think of this in its original and larger 
context. The Cambridge mathematicians behind the creation of Darktrace weren't 
originally looking to prevent a cyberattack on election day 2020. These high flying math 
geniuses were trying to create the singularity, the creation of self learning A.I. This 
advancing technology will soon be fed with more data sets than the human brain is 
capable of imagining. In a move to take self learning A.l. online, the cyber threat to the 
elections will just be a smoke screen to avoid the larger more pertinent public policy 
questions concerning the safety and ethics of unsupervised self learning A.l., and more 
importantly, the major risks attached to these unknown systems. 

The companies holding this all powerful future tech no longer bother to hide their 

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own populations. It is no coincidence then that some of these same nations have been 
covertly working on developing an A.I. that would replace human hackers, automating the 
very threat that companies like Darktrace and Cybereason claim to be guarding us 



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