security

  • Automattic Acquires BruteProtect To Help Keep WordPress Users Safe

    Automattic Acquires BruteProtect To Help Keep WordPress Users Safe

    WordPress now powers so many websites, it’s no surprise that it’s a favorite target for hackers. To keep its users safe, Automattic – the company behind both WordPress.com and the open-source WordPress project — today announced that it has acquired BruteProtect, a security and management tool for WordPress. Read More

  • This New Card Skimmer Is Almost As Thin As A Credit Card

    This New Card Skimmer Is Almost As Thin As A Credit Card

    Good old Brian Krebs has the scoop on a new card skimmer found in Europe. How is it different? It literally fits right into the card slot of any ATM, essentially allowing unfettered access to cards as they slide through. Add in a tiny camera and you’ve got a complete card cloning system. The skimmer is powered by a simple watch battery and uses a very small PCB and magnetic strip reader… Read More

  • In Year 3 Of Stealth Mode, Enterprise Security Startup vArmour Raises Another $36M

    In Year 3 Of Stealth Mode, Enterprise Security Startup vArmour Raises Another $36M

    vArmour, a security startup that has been in stealth mode for the past three years, is today announcing not one but two more rounds of funding as it finally gears up for a launch later this year. The startup, based out of Mountain View, has raised $36 million in Series B and Series C rounds. The first of these, a $15 million tranche from December 2013, was led by Menlo Ventures (which has led… Read More

  • Chinese Hackers Steal Personal Data From 4.5M Community Health Systems Patients

    Chinese Hackers Steal Personal Data From 4.5M Community Health Systems Patients

    Community Health Systems, one of the largest hospital operators in the U.S., today announced that hackers stole about 4.5 million records with patient names, addresses, birth data, phone numbers and Social Security numbers. The company says the data was stolen in attacks that occurred between April and June 2014 and the hackers gained access to data from anybody who was referred for or… Read More

  • Chrome’s Safe Browsing Tool Now Also Protects You From Downloading Deceptive Software

    Chrome’s Safe Browsing Tool Now Also Protects You From Downloading Deceptive Software

    Over the years, Google has added all kinds of security features into Chrome through its Safe Browsing service. It can warn you when you are surfing to a site that it deems unsafe, like malware and phishing sites, but also when you are about to download software from known malware sites. Starting today, Google is expanding this program to include downloads of “deceptive software,”… Read More

  • Lookout Lands $150M To Bring Mobile Security Product To Enterprise

    Lookout Lands $150M To Bring Mobile Security Product To Enterprise

    Lookout, a mobile security product that to this point has been mostly geared towards consumers, announced today they had snagged $150M in Series F funding to begin focusing on enterprise customers. The round was led by investment funds managed by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., and includes participation from new investors Morgan Stanley Investment Management, Wellington Management Company… Read More

  • Notes From Crazytown, Day Three: Black Hat Breakdown

    Notes From Crazytown, Day Three: Black Hat Breakdown

    So far this week, at Black Hat, I have learned to deeply mistrust: passwords, chip-and-PIN cards, USB devices, HTTPS connections, more than two billion phones, governments worldwide, all human societies, and my sense of the ridiculous. You should mistrust all those too! Sorry. What follows is a summary of the most eyebrow-raising talks I attended or heard about: Read More

  • Facebook Buys Secure Server Technology Provider PrivateCore

    Facebook Buys Secure Server Technology Provider PrivateCore

    Facebook announced this morning it has acquired PrivateCore, a Palo Alto-based secure server technology company. The deal does not appear to be solely an acqui-hire, as Facebook says that it plans to deploy PrivateCore’s technology into Facebook’s server stack in order to better protect its own servers and customers. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but PrivateCore was backed… Read More

  • Notes From Crazytown, Day Two: How To Fix Everything

    Notes From Crazytown, Day Two: How To Fix Everything

    Did you know the CIA has a venture fund? Of course the CIA has a venture fund. It’s called In-Q-Tel, and yesterday its Chief Information Security Officer, Dan Geer, a world-weary man with white Wolverine sideburns, stepped forth from the shadows to give the keynote address at Black Hat. It was a remarkable speech and I want to signal-boost it. Read More

  • FortyCloud Teams With Rackspace To Manage Cloud Security

    FortyCloud Teams With Rackspace To Manage Cloud Security

    FortyCloud, an Israeli cloud security service, announced today it was joining the Rackspace Marketplace to provide Rackspace customers with cloud security services and the ability to safely connect between different cloud products. Like any good partnership if it offers something to both parties giving FortyCloud access to Rackspace customers, who then get access to FortyCloud’s… Read More