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The analytics outfit that helped uncover North Korea’s biological weapon secret

By January 18, 2019 March 26th, 2020 No Comments

How AMPLYFI’s research identified North Korea’s biological weapons secrets. By delving into deep web data, Wales-based AMPLYFI can derive links no human could ever identify. James Orme goes on a data voyage with VP of engineering, Joe Mathews

Using artificial intelligence, AMPLYFI’s flagship tool DataVoyant harvests the internet to find, harvest and analyse data, which businesses can then use to spot and react to trends and disruption. While it sounds like a page straight out of the analytics playbook, what distinguishes DataVoyant from its competitors is its unique use of both deep web and surface web data.

Harvard used DataVoyant to mine over 840,000 websites as part of research into the potential biological weapons capability of North Korea. It found 40,000 websites that contained broad biological references, of which 23,000 were revealed to have associations with North Korea, and 170 that established a direct link to regime organisations and institutions. DataVoyant also found incriminating search activity, namely a marked increase in searches for “antibiotic resistance,” “microbial dark matter,” “cas protein” suggesting a growing interest in advanced gene and germ research.

Last month, AMPLYFI’s work was cited in military analysis issued by the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. DataVoyant’s analysis forms part of a constellation of evidence suggesting Pyongyang is developing an “advanced, underestimated and highly lethal” biological weapons program.

The results even led to Vernon Gibson, former Ministry of Defence Chief Scientific Adviser showering praise on Cardiff’s king web crawler.

Originally by James Orme for Techerati, read the full article here