security

  • 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

  • Regin Spying Software Has Been Attacking Governments And Corporations Since 2008

    Regin Spying Software Has Been Attacking Governments And Corporations Since 2008

    Symantec has found an unusual new threat called Regin aka Backdoor.Regin. The software, which is essentially a very powerful Trojan Horse, appears to have been circulating in the wild since 2008 and has been hitting governmental, industrial, and individual systems with impunity, using sophisticated encryption and targeting systems to spy on targets. The anti-virus company has released a… Read More

  • PacketSled Secures Your Network With An Easy-To-Understand War Room

    PacketSled Secures Your Network With An Easy-To-Understand War Room

    In my years as a programmer and network manager (I still kind of do that stuff when I handle my own servers) I’ve discovered that the tools used have been far from intuitive. While powerful, command-line and web-based systems tend to be confusing, apocryphal, or messy. That’s why Packetsled piqued my interest. This startup has produced a network monitoring tool that uses an… Read More

  • CipherCloud Scores $50M As Cloud Security Comes To Forefront

    CipherCloud Scores $50M As Cloud Security Comes To Forefront

    CipherCloud landed a bushel of cash today as it announced $50M in Series B funding to continue building its cloud security business. The round was led by Transamerica Ventures along with Delta Partners and existing investors Andreessen Horowitz and T-Ventures, the venture capital arm of Deutsche Telekom also pitching in. When I asked CipherCloud executives why they thought they were… Read More

  • Mozilla, EFF And Others Band Together To Provide Free SSL Certificates

    Mozilla, EFF And Others Band Together To Provide Free SSL Certificates

    Ideally, every time you visit a website, that connection should happen over a secure HTTPS connection so nobody can snoop on your surfing habits when you are using a public network at a coffee shop or at the airport. But in reality, most smaller websites don’t offer these kind of secure connections because getting the kind of digital public-key certificate that makes HTTPS connections… Read More

  • Veradocs Scores $14M To Help Secure Documents Across File Sharing Services

    Veradocs Scores $14M To Help Secure Documents Across File Sharing Services

    Veradocs, a new data security company that purports to protect data and documents across services wherever they go, announced $14M in Series A funding today. The round is led by Battery Ventures with additional funding from Amplify Partners and angel investors, including Nick Mehta, CEO of Gainsight. The company also announced that Robin Daniels, who was formerly the head of enterprise… Read More

  • 7 Troubling Security Breaches And How They Happened

    Through third-party apps, big business email scams, and even the cloud itself, information has been chronically compromised. Private information, from the infamous celebrity photo leak, to personal data of regular folks has flooded into the open, sending the public into a privacy panic – and it doesn’t look like the hacks are going to stop. Here are some of the major big… Read More

  • The Point Will Watch Your House While You’re Away

    The Point Will Watch Your House While You’re Away

    When you leave home, who makes sure all of your newspapers, back issues of TV Guide, and take-out containers are safe? If all goes according to plan, the Point has got your back. The point is essentially a simple sensor that listens for loud noises – glass breaking, doors opening – and senses motion. If anything happens you’ll receive a notification, allowing you to… Read More

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