security

  • Silent Circle Wants To Be The Modern Day Blackberry

    Silent Circle Wants To Be The Modern Day Blackberry

    Blackberry was once the big dawg in mobile phones. It was in the hands of practically every knowledge worker on the planet, but its days of dominance began a precipitous drop after Apple brought the iPhone to market in 2007 and Android followed in 2008, and today it’s a tiny blip on the smartphone marketshare radar. That’s why it’s interesting that a new company, Silent… Read More

  • Google Expands Its Safe Browsing Service To Warn More Users And Webmasters Of Malware

    Google Expands Its Safe Browsing Service To Warn More Users And Webmasters Of Malware

    Earlier this week, Google announced that it has expanded its Safe Browsing service, which prevents users from going to known malware sites. Chrome, for example, now shows you a warning before you visit a site that harbors known malware (instead of just popping up a warning when you are about to download it). Similarly, Google Search will now pop up a warning when you’re about to go to… Read More

  • Gemalto Claims Its Products Are ‘Secure’ In Response To Reported NSA Hack

    Gemalto Claims Its Products Are ‘Secure’ In Response To Reported NSA Hack

    Gemalto, the SIM card maker that reportedly had its encryption keys stolen by the NSA and GCHQ, has claimed that its products are secure, despite apparent leaked NSA documents suggesting otherwise. Read More

  • ArmorText Raises $2 Million For Its Secure Mobile Messaging Service For Enterprise

    ArmorText Raises $2 Million For Its Secure Mobile Messaging Service For Enterprise

    A company called ArmorText, which is developing a secure messaging client for the enterprise designed to meet the needs of those in regulated markets, has just raised nearly $2 million in outside funding. The round, which is still ongoing, may top that number when it fully closes. Leading the round for the Washington D.C.-based startup was the micro fund Cervin Ventures. Other private… Read More

  • New Facebook Threat-Sharing Project Sees Safety In Herd

    New Facebook Threat-Sharing Project Sees Safety In Herd

    Facebook announced a new repository this morning for sharing information about malware threats called ThreatExchange. Using a familiar Facebook look and feel, with APIs for querying and publishing threat data, the system is designed to allow companies to contribute information about common attacks, and thereby make it safer for the group. Early partners include Pinterest, Tumblr, Twitter… Read More

  • A Security Researcher Just Dumped 10 Million Real Passwords

    A Security Researcher Just Dumped 10 Million Real Passwords

    Security researcher Mark Burnett released a torrent of 10 million passwords and usernames, a trove of comparatively anonymized data that he sourced from open websites from around the web. The passwords and usernames are older and most probably dead and, most importantly, Burnett sourced them from websites that were “generally available to anyone and discoverable via search engines in… Read More

  • MobileIron Wants To Be Your Cloud Content Security Umbrella

    MobileIron Wants To Be Your Cloud Content Security Umbrella

    MobileIron is introducing a new Content Security Service (CSS) today that provides IT with a cloud security umbrella to set document protections across a variety of services, even when employees save documents to a personal account. In today’s BYOD (bring-your-own-device) world, IT knows all too well that people save company content to personal cloud storage accounts, even if there… Read More

  • Europe Gets A Cyber Security Incubator

    Europe Gets A Cyber Security Incubator

    London’s crowded startup accelerator scene is getting a new addition. Not fintech-related, this time — rather the focus is cyber security. The Cyber London (CyLon for short) 12-week program, has been co-founded by Alex van Someren of VC firm Amadeus Capital Partners, along with Jonathan Luff and Grace Cassy, co-founders of strategic technology consultancy Epsilon Advisory Partners. Read More

  • YC-Backed Final Raises A Million For Its Fraud-Fighting Credit Card

    YC-Backed Final Raises A Million For Its Fraud-Fighting Credit Card

    Credit card startup Final, which is focused on combating fraud online and off while giving consumers more control over their spending, has raised $1 million in seed funding from investors including Ludlow Ventures, T5 Capital Partners, Y Combinator and other fintech angels, in advance of the launch of its 2015 pilot program. The company tells us it already has 37,000 consumers signed up on… Read More

  • This List Of 2014’s Worst Passwords, Including ‘123456,’ Is Embarrassing

    This List Of 2014’s Worst Passwords, Including ‘123456,’ Is Embarrassing

    The year 2014, in many respects, was all about digital security. It wasn’t just tech pundits or early adopters who were victimized – Snapchat, Target, and Sony Entertainment all showed us that no one is immune. And don’t get me started on the NSA. It’s our responsibility as internet explorers to protect ourselves. But according to SplashData’s yearly list of the… Read More

  • Lizard Squad’s Plaintext Customer List Leaked As Another Member Is Arrested

    Lizard Squad’s Plaintext Customer List Leaked As Another Member Is Arrested

    The Lizard Squad, the group of hackers credited with taking down Xbox Live and PSN over the holiday, have been compromised and much of their data leaked. Brian Krebs received a listing of the Lizard Squad’s LizardStresser customer database and noted that the group made about $11,000 in bitcoin serving up denial-of-service on demand. At the same time police arrested an alleged member of… Read More

  • The FTC Warns Internet Of Things Businesses To Bake In Privacy And Security

    The FTC Warns Internet Of Things Businesses To Bake In Privacy And Security

    The FTC has raised concerns about the complexity and privacy risks posed by the rise of an Internet of Things, with some 25 billion connected objects predicted to be online in 2015, and so-called smart home devices predicted to number around 25 million this year. Read More

  • Sony Hackers Threaten A Media Organization And Others

    Sony Hackers Threaten A Media Organization And Others

    The hackers who compromised Sony Pictures Entertainment’s servers, releasing private files and emails to the public which detailed everything from the personal, financial and medical data of present and past employees and much more, are now threatening a “news media organization,” according to a new report. That organization may be CNN, based on information posted on… Read More

  • Whose Hack Is It Anyway?

    Whose Hack Is It Anyway?

    It’s pretty clear that the Sony Pictures hack was neither an act of war or particularly belligerent. As Marc Rogers of CloudFlare and DEF CON notes, finding out who performed a hack, even one as ham-handed as this one, is difficult. Hackers with any sense use proxies and attack soft targets. But once they’ve attacked and dumped their goods, it becomes nearly impossible to follow… Read More

  • Apple’s First Automatic Security Update Protects Your Mac In the Background

    Apple’s First Automatic Security Update Protects Your Mac In the Background

    Apple has pushed its first ever automatic security fix for OS X, with a new update signed to thwart a vulnerability associated with the use of the network time protocol that allows your Mac to automatically sync its clocks. The update had already installed for me when I woke up this morning, with a notification letting me know what was up, but required no intervention on my part and also… Read More

  • Touch ID Patent Application Shows Apple Could Expand Home Button Features

    Touch ID Patent Application Shows Apple Could Expand Home Button Features

    A new patent application published by the USPTO (via AppleInsider) details some additional uses of the Touch ID sensor found on the iPhone and iPad that could make its way into future products. The patent is credited to AuthenTec co-founder Dale R. Setlak, meaning Apple is putting the company it acquired to build Touch ID to good use. It describes how a users’ finger on the Touch ID… Read More

  • Following Numerous Data Breaches, Dashlane And LastPass Apps Can Now Reset Passwords For You

    Following Numerous Data Breaches, Dashlane And LastPass Apps Can Now Reset Passwords For You

    Data breaches like the ones at Target, Neiman Marcus, Staples, Home Depot, and most recently Bebe, are now exceedingly common. Combined with large-scale security incidents like Heartbleed, web users are often asked to quickly change their account passwords to protect themselves against further attacks. Unfortunately, doing so is easier said than done – users tend to re-use their… Read More

  • Blackphone Confirms Privacy-Focused App Store And Device Sandboxes Incoming

    Blackphone Confirms Privacy-Focused App Store And Device Sandboxes Incoming

    BlackPhone, the post-Snowden, pro-privacy Android smartphone joint venture between secure comms company Silent Circle and phone maker Geeksphone, has confirmed it will be adding an app store to its PrivatOS in an update early next year, and also a sandboxing feature called Spaces. Read More

  • Retailer Bebe Confirms Payment Card Data Breach

    Retailer Bebe Confirms Payment Card Data Breach

    Another day, another payment card data breach. In what’s now becoming routine news, this morning retailer Bebe is confirming a security incident that took place over the busy holiday shopping period in November which saw attackers stealing customer’s names, account numbers, expiration dates and verification codes from cards swiped in stores. The breach occurred during the dates… Read More

  • ThreatStream Grabs $22M To Help Fight Cybersecurity Threats

    ThreatStream Grabs $22M To Help Fight Cybersecurity Threats

    ThreatStream, a cybersecurity firm based in Redwood City, CA, announced $22M in Series B funding today to continue their efforts to help organizations fight cybersecurity threats. Today’s funding brings the company’s total raised to-date to $26.3M. The current round is led by General Catalyst Partners with help from new investors Institutional Venture Partners and previous… Read More

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