Tag: cybersecurity

Shape Security eyes IPO after raising $51 million at $1 billion valuation

Shape Security, a cybersecurity startup that helps businesses prevent fraudulent use of their online systems, has raised $51 million in a round of funding led by C5 Capital, with participation from Kleiner Perkins, HPE Growth, Norwest Ventures Partners, Focus Ventures, JetBlue Technology Ventures, Top Tier Capital Partners, and Epic Ventures. As a result of this […]

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Lacework raises $42 million to protect cloud environments from data breaches

Lacework, a four-year-old Mountain View, California-based developer of automated containerized workload defense, intrusion detection, and compliance solutions, today announced that it’s raised $42 million in funding from Sutter Hill Ventures and Liberty Global Ventures, bringing its total raised to over $70 million. CEO Dan Hubbard said the fresh funding, which follows on the heels of […]

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Apple blasts Google Project Zero over iOS Uighur security claims

Google’s Project Zero team hasn’t been shy in accusing Apple of lax security practices or sneaky updates to its security advisories over the last year, most recently claiming that Apple sat on major iOS vulnerabilities that let hackers target China’s Uighur Muslim community. Apple returned fire in a rare statement today, accusing Google of creating a […]

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Exploit Sellers Say There are More iPhone Hacks on the Market Than They’ve Ever Seen

Just a few days after Google revealed that sophisticated hackers—likely working for the Chinese government and who had access to a relatively large selection of iPhone attacks—had been hacking iPhones for years, a well-known broker of exploits said that the prices for iPhone exploits are not the most expensive in the market anymore. On Tuesday, […]

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Axonius raises $20 million for device management and security tools

Axonius, a New York- and Tel Aviv-based cybersecurity startup developing an end-to-end device management platform, today announced that it’s raised $20 million in series B funding led by OpenView, with participation from Bessemer Venture Partners, YL Ventures, Vertex, WTI, and Emerge. CEO Dean Sysman said that the round, which brings Axonius‘ total raised to $37 […]

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Instagram Launches Bug Bounty for Apps that Steal User Data

On Monday, Instagram announced a new bug bounty program for finding third party apps that improperly access or store user data. Facebook launched its own “Data Abuse Bounty” last year, with the goal of whittling out data abuse from app developers. “Putting people first is one of Instagram’s most important values, and keeping our service […]

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DeVos-Linked Adoption Agency Exposed Highly Sensitive Children’s Medical Data

An adoption and foster care non-profit linked to the family of Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos exposed highly sensitive personal and medical information of dozens of children, Motherboard has learned. The charity, called Bethany Christian Services, is one of the nation’s largest adoption agencies and helps place children for adoption and foster care. It […]

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Working on Microsoft’s Cortana Is Laborious and Poorly Paid

“Stop listening to me” is one example of a command a Cortana user may utter, according to a training manual for the human contractors Microsoft hires to listen to and classify users’ speech. Apple, Google, Amazon, and most recently Facebook have been found hiring human workers to transcribe audio captured by their own products. Motherboard […]

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Hacker Discovers Way to Cheat in Zwift, the Virtual Bike Racing Exercise Game

Brad Dixon can cycle at superhuman speeds, climb steep inclines, bank corners, and flow through downhill sections. He’s so good, he can even grab something from the kitchen while pedaling away. That’s because Dixon isn’t really cycling. Instead, he’s cheating Zwift, a popular game and ‘smart trainer.’ Zwift allows cyclists to compete in virtual worlds […]

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How game user interfaces can inspire better tech products

Video games have some of the best user interfaces and user experiences among all digital products. And that’s why some tech companies are taking inspiration from the people who design video games, when it comes to designing non-game technology interfaces. Harlan Elam is a good example of someone who made the leap from games into […]

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Teen Security Researcher Suspended for Exposing Vulnerabilities in His School’s Software

Bill Demirkapi, an 11th grader in Lexington, Massachusetts, had found a vulnerability in Aspen, the software his school uses to deliver students’ grades, transcripts, and schedules. With this sort of access, an attacker could obtain a student’s password, their birth city, details on their free or reduced lunch, and other information. But Demirkapi didn’t want […]

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Cybersecurity and compliance startup Securiti.ai emerges from stealth with $31 million

Cybercrime never sleeps. Juniper Research pegs the number of digital records that will be stolen in 2023 at 33 billion, compared with the 12 billion stolen in 2018. As recently as 2017, the U.S. outranked all other countries in the volume of ransomware attacks, according to Symantec. And analysts elsewhere estimate that the cybercrime economy […]

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Cloudflare Boots 8chan as a Customer

Internet infrastructure company Cloudflare says it is banning anonymous message board 8chan as a customer, according to a blog post from the company. The move comes after the company faced mounting criticism for providing services to a website that has become a hotbed for so-called manifestos from mass shooters. Over the weekend, a white supremacist […]

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Cloudflare Says It Won’t Ban 8chan, a Hotbed for Terrorist Manifestos

Over the weekend, a white supremacist killed 20 people in an El Paso Walmart. Before the terrorist attack, he posted a so-called manifesto to the anonymous message board 8chan. He was the third shooter to do so recently; the others were the Christchurch and Poway synagogue attackers. In response, internet infrastructure company Cloudflare is facing […]

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Clothing Resale Marketplace Poshmark Announces Data Breach

Poshmark, a website focused on letting people sell used clothes, announced Thursday hackers had stolen data from the company. “We recently discovered that data from some Poshmark users was acquired by an unauthorized third party,” the announcement, sent to a Poshmark user who shared it with Motherboard, reads. The information stolen includes a customer’s username, […]

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Trinity Cyber raises $23 million to foil hacking attempts in real time

Bowie, Maryland-based Trinity Cyber, a cybersecurity company whose threat-combatting suite combines detection with “adversary inference,” today emerged from stealth with $23 million in venture capital. Intel Capital and other “top institutional investors” led the round, the reveal of which coincided with the hiring of former Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossert. “This investment by Intel Capital […]

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MalwareTech, the Security Researcher Who Stopped WannaCry Ransomware, Gets No Prison Time for Hacking Crimes

Marcus Hutchins, a security researcher who gained worldwide notoriety for helping stop the disruptive and viral WannaCry malware, was sentenced to time served and supervised release on Friday, according to reporters who were present at the hearing. The researcher, also known as MalwareTech, plead guilty to two counts of hacking in April for his role […]

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Barr Says Police Need Encryption Backdoors, Doesn’t Mention Hacking Tools They Use All the Time

On Tuesday, Attorney General William Barr delivered a keynote address in which he resumed the call for companies to find technical solutions to allow law enforcement to access encrypted communications and data. “By enabling dangerous criminals to cloak their communications and activities behind an essentially impenetrable digital shield, the deployment of warrant-proof encryption is already […]

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No, You Don’t Need a Burner Phone at a Hacking Conference

It’s almost August, which means it’s almost time for the most anticipated (or dreaded, depending on your point of view) time of the year: hacker summer camp, the roughly week-long, back-to-back conferences Black Hat, BSides, and Def Con in Las Vegas, Nevada. I’ve been going to hacker summer camp for the last six years. I […]

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Stop thinking you can hire enough people to fix your cybersecurity problems

Presented by Kenna Security For the past four decades, technologists have watched silently as Moore’s Law — which says that computing power basically doubles every 18 months — has been proven true again and again. But there’s no Moore’s Law for workforce development. And there’s no Moore’s Law for the human brain. The absence of […]

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