How to Use IP Geolocation in Threat Intelligence and Cybersecurity

Hacks, leaks, and phishing scams happen so often that they hardly register as news anymore. Just last week, Google warned of a phishing scam perpetrated by Fancy Bear, a hacking group associated with the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence organization. LinkedIn was used to perpetrate a OneDrive phishing scam, and Zoom has been shown to be vulnerable to packet injections.

With more people working from home due to the coronavirus epidemic, more e-commerce, and mobile social media users accounting for the greatest online growth in 2021, it’s more important than ever to know where your users are coming from and protect your organization from cybercrime.

Integrating IP geolocation into your threat intelligence toolbelt can protect your users from fraud and your systems from cyberattacks. IP addresses are physical addresses, identifying _where_ a connection takes place – for example, the router provided by your Internet Service Provider in your house.

IP geolocation APIs determine the geographic location of IP addresses and this can then be used to:

Identify a request’s country of origin, and block IPs coming from countries with high fraud activity Identify proxies and web scrapers Display the currency of the user’s location Offer content based on the user’s

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