First Commercial Launch of DARPA's Groundbreaking PAINT Attribution Technology

First Commercial Launch of DARPA's Groundbreaking PAINT Attribution Technology

Jan. 29, 2024 | Categories: Tech

Digital Operatives and Karma-X have partnered to bring DARPA Process Attribution Technology to the Endpoint Protection Marketplace


Digital Operatives and Karma-X have partnered to bring the cybersecurity community technology in part funded by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

Digital Operatives set a new standard in cybersecurity under the Cyber Fast Track program with the development of PAINT (Process Attribution In Network Traffic). This innovative technology, initially conceptualized by Digital Operatives and Karma-X CTO, Nathan Landon, offers unprecedented packet-to-process attribution, revolutionizing how cyber threats are detected and analyzed.


PAINT's journey began with Nathan Landon's vision of quickly attributing network packet activity to specific processes. Funded by Peiter "Mudge" Zatko under one of the very first Cyber Fast Track contracts, PAINT has grown from a proof-of-concept into a vital tool. Its ability to trace each packet's path through a system has made it invaluable in various applications, from incident response to security research.

Global Impact:

Since its inception, PAINT has garnered worldwide attention. Digital Operatives, the initial developers, received high praise for their innovation, leading to PAINT's global availability for research purposes. A version was even open-sourced on Github under GPL, allowing users from diverse sectors to benefit from its capabilities.

Commercial Transition:

The commercialization of PAINT marks a significant milestone. Karma-X, in partnership with Digital Operatives, is proud to announce its role as the first commercial licensee of PAINT. This collaboration will enable the integration of PAINT's instant packet-to-process attribution with Karma-X's unique protection technologies, offering an unparalleled solution in network security.

Karma-X’s Role and Future Plans:

Nathan Landon, CTO of Karma-X, shares his excitement: "This development is a game-changer for our customers. Integrating PAINT's instant attribution with our protection technologies will provide unmatched security capabilities and an additional data layer unmatched by our competitors." Karma-X aims to lead innovation in endpoint security, offering features not available in other products.

Technical Insights:

PAINT stands out for its ability to attribute every network packet to its source or destination process, a feature yet to be matched by any general-purpose platform. This level of detail aids in precise threat detection and analysis, setting a new standard in cyber attribution.

Call to Action:

We invite cybersecurity professionals, researchers, and enthusiasts to contact us for a demo of Karma-X and witness the impact of PAINT firsthand. For more information, visit our Contact Us page.

In Summary:

The commercial transition of PAINT technology is not just a milestone for Karma-X and Digital Operatives but a leap forward for the entire cybersecurity industry. By making this powerful tool accessible to our customers, we're opening doors to more robust and effective security solutions for organizations worldwide.

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