security

  • Palerra Snags $17M To Automate Cloud Security

    Palerra Snags $17M To Automate Cloud Security

    Palerra, a cloud security startup, announced $17M in funding today as it continues to build its cloud security automation business. The round was led by new investors August Capital with current investors Norwest Venture Partners (NVP), Wing Venture Capital and Engineering Capital also participating. Today’s money brings the total investment to $25M. The cloud service was founded in… Read More

  • The Cloud Could Be Your Best Security Bet

    The Cloud Could Be Your Best Security Bet

    In fact, if a cloud service has proper controls, it could be safer than running your own datacenter. Amazon, Google, Salesforce and Box to a company have much more at stake when it comes to security. A breach could prove devastating to their businesses. That could be why it’s hard to come up with a major security snafu involving a cloud provider. Other than the Jennifer Lawrence… Read More

  • Check Point Snags Israeli Mobile Security Company Lacoon

    Check Point Snags Israeli Mobile Security Company Lacoon

    Check Point Software Technologies announced it has purchased Lacoon Mobile Security today. Reports surfaced last month that the company was in talks to buy the Israeli company for $80M. No official price was given, but the deal is expected to close today. The move gives Check Point a mobile security piece that’s a bit different from the traditional mobile device management you see… Read More

  • Google Bans China’s Website Certificate Authority After Security Breach

    Google Bans China’s Website Certificate Authority After Security Breach

    Google has announced that its web browser Chrome and other products will no longer recognize security certificates issued by the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), the government agency that oversees China’s domain name registry. Read More

  • Opera Buys SurfEasy To Add Secure VPN Services To Its Browser Software

    Opera Buys SurfEasy To Add Secure VPN Services To Its Browser Software

    Opera, makers of a suite of software for browsing the web on mobile and desktop devices used by some 350 million consumers, has made another acquisition to build out the services it offers to users. It has acquired SurfEasy, makers of a virtual private network (VPN) app that lets users browse the web more securely. This is Opera’s first security-focused acquisition, and it is made in… Read More

  • Skimmers Are Now Grabbing Your Credit Card Data At The Door

    Skimmers Are Now Grabbing Your Credit Card Data At The Door

    Just when you thought you were safe, the card skimmers are at it again. This time they’re placing their card readers inside the door locks that require you to dip your card before you can enter an ATM vestibule. According to Brian Krebs, the scammers hide the readers inside the comparatively unnoticed locks and then add a small hidden camera around the ATM. They grab your card data via… Read More

  • Twitter’s Latest Addition Makes It Easier To Report Threats On Its Service To The Police

    Twitter’s Latest Addition Makes It Easier To Report Threats On Its Service To The Police

    At the end of last year, Twitter began to focus in earnest on upgrading its suite of tools designed to help users dealing with abuse, threats, and other forms of harassment that took place on its service. Today, the company is making yet another change along these same lines – it’s adding a new feature that will make it easier for affected users to report abuse to law… Read More

  • Yahoo Introduces Password-Free Login — Just Don’t Lose Your Phone

    Yahoo Introduces Password-Free Login — Just Don’t Lose Your Phone

    Yahoo wants to end your dependency on memorizing passwords — or creating crap ones that can be guessed or hacked — after it introduced a new “on-demand” system that sends a one-time password when you need to log in. Read More

  • PayPal Doubles Down On Israel: Confirms CyActive Acquisition, New Security Hub

    PayPal Doubles Down On Israel: Confirms CyActive Acquisition, New Security Hub

    PayPal — soon to be spinning off from parent company eBay — today confirmed its latest acquisition and move to build out its payment technology as a standalone business, and provide better protection in the growing problem of security breaches in e-commerce. It is buying CyActive, a specialist in predictive malware detection based out of Israel. And it will use the… Read More

  • The Doomed Quest For The Golden Key Crunch Network

    The Doomed Quest For The Golden Key

    Some months ago, the Washington Post waded into the debate about the NSA, pervasive surveillance, and end-to-end encryption with a call for Apple and Google to magically “invent a kind of secure golden key they would retain and use only when a court has approved a search warrant.” This was met with a chorus of contempt and opprobrium. Read More

  • WhatsApp Says It’s Not “Permanently” Banning Users From Its Service, Just Blocking Third-Party Clients

    WhatsApp Says It’s Not “Permanently” Banning Users From Its Service, Just Blocking Third-Party Clients

    Quite a few reports circling the web this week appear to indicate a tightening of WhatsApp’s policy toward the usage of third-party WhatsApp client applications. That is, word has it that those using an unofficial app will be banned from WhatsApp for life. However, that’s not exactly the case, WhatsApp explains. In fact, there’s been no larger policy shift since we last… Read More

  • 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