Tag: Security

Allpriv Military-Grade Cyber Security For The At-Home Workforce

The computer market has experienced an insane 34% increase in 2020 because of a massive number of workers under a “work at home” mandate. Advertising Working at home can be challenging because of the lack of human interactions and distractions, but it has also vastly increased the “attack surface” for potential corporate hacking. Allpriv’s LPS […]

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Seed rounds for cybersecurity rose during pandemic as enterprises search for new defenses

Cybersecurity startups that offer dramatic new visions for digital defense are seeing a surge of interest from venture investors. According to a new report from cybersecurity venture capital firm DataTribe, the trend reflects the way the cybersecurity industry is resetting after a wave of venture capital cooled starting about two years ago. In an interview, […]

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Veritas Technologies acquires HubStor to protect cloud data

With more data than ever pouring into cloud services, the need to protect that data from being stolen or encrypted by a ransomware attack led Veritas Technologies yesterday to announce it has acquired HubStor. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. As a provider of software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform for backing up data stored in cloud […]

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Ring rolls out end-to-end video encryption after a class action lawsuit

In September, Amazon-owned Ring announced that it would bring end-to-end video encryption to its lineup of home security devices. While the company already encrypted videos in storage and during transmission, end-to-end encryption secures videos on-device, preventing third parties without special keys from decrypting and viewing the recordings. The feature launches today in technical preview for […]

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Hackers hijacked email security firm Mimecast to spy on customers

(Reuters) — Email security provider Mimecast said on Tuesday that hackers had hijacked its products in order to spy on its customers. The company said it had been alerted to the attack by investigators at Microsoft and that “a sophisticated threat actor” had compromised the certificate used to guard connections between its products and Microsoft’s […]

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Qualcomm Unveils A Faster In-Display Fingerprint Sensor

In-display fingerprint sensors have become mainstream these days, which we suppose can’t be helped as companies are moving towards creating smartphones with edge-to-edge displays. However, in the past, we found that compared to regular capacitive fingerprint sensors, in-display sensors were a tad slower. Advertising Qualcomm is hoping to change that because at CES 2021, the […]

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SolarWinds hackers are tied to known Russian spying tools

(Reuters) — The group behind a global cyber-espionage campaign discovered last month deployed malicious computer code with links to spying tools previously used by suspected Russian hackers, researchers said on Monday. Investigators at Moscow-based cybersecurity firm Kaspersky said the “backdoor” used to compromise up to 18,000 customers of U.S. software maker SolarWinds closely resembled malware […]

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Outlandish Stanford facial recognition study claims there are links between facial features and political orientation

A paper published today in the journal Scientific Reports by controversial Stanford-affiliated researcher Michal Kosinski claims to show that facial recognition algorithms can expose people’s political views from their social media profiles. Using a dataset of over 1 million Facebook and dating sites profiles from users across Canada, the U.S., and the U.K., Kosinski and […]

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Equifax will pay $640 million for Kount’s AI-driven identity and fraud prevention tools

Equifax announced today that it would pay $640 million to acquire Kount, a company that uses artificial intelligence to drive its fraud prevention and digital identity services. In a press release, Equifax executives said the deal would allow the company to further expand into these markets. Kount uses AI to analyze 32 billion transactions across […]

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How IBM is using blockchain to transform the potential of enterprise data

Blockchain can be shrouded in babble about consensus and cryptography and ledgers, leaving IT managers stewing in a cauldron of confusion. But in 2020, IBM made big strides toward bringing blockchain into the mainstream by focusing on the benefits it offers enterprise users. Those virtues include the ability to connect with a wider range of […]

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Intel’s RealSense Finds A New Lease On Life As A Facial Recognition System

Image credit – Intel Corporation Advertising Intel debuted its RealSense depth-sensing technology several years ago where it made its way onto devices like laptops. Thanks to the use of an infrared camera and infrared laser projectors, RealSense is capable of depth-sensing to determine the distance between objects and helping to separate the foreground from the […]

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Lacework raises $525 million to automate cloud security and compliance

Lacework, a four-year-old developer of automated containerized workload defense, intrusion detection, and compliance solutions, today announced that it closed a $525 million funding round valuing the company at over $1 billion. CEO Dan Hubbard said the capital, which comes after a year in which Lacework saw revenue grow 300%, will accelerate Lacework’s product development efforts […]

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Intel launches RealSense ID for on-device facial recognition

Intel today launched the newest addition to RealSense, its product range of depth and tracking technologies designed to give machines depth perception capabilities. Called RealSense ID, it’s an on-device solution that combines an active depth sensor with a machine learning model to perform facial authentication. Intel claims RealSense ID adapts to users as physical features […]

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Apply now to join Transform this July 2021

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve expanded Transform, the most important event of the year for enterprise technical leaders on how to implement applied AI, to a full week scheduled for July 12-16 2021. In addition to the reliable content VB has offered for years through our Transform flagship event, we’re inviting other organizers of events […]

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security tested technology that can recognize masked faces

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is testing facial recognition technology that would allow it to identify people wearing masks with what it says is high accuracy. That’s according to a press release published this week, which reveals that the DHS’ Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) conducted a pilot as part of its third […]

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Iboss raises $145 million as pandemic and WFH push security to the cloud

Iboss announced today that the company has raised a $145 million round of venture capital as the rapid evolution toward remote workforces has placed a new urgency around adopting cloud-based security. Based in Boston, Iboss offers a secure access services edge (or SASE) service, a red-hot market that barely existed several years ago. SASE platforms […]

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Microsoft says Russians accessed account ‘used to view source code’ in Solorigate hack

Microsoft security researchers said today that Russian hackers managed to access more of its network than the company originally believed. However, the company emphasized that even in this case it still did not detect any damage to its systems. “We detected unusual activity with a small number of internal accounts and upon review, we discovered […]

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Apple loses copyright infringement claims against security startup Corellium

(Reuters) — A federal judge in Florida on Tuesday dismissed Apple’s copyright infringement claims against a Florida startup whose software helps security researchers find vulnerabilities in Apple products including the iPhone. U.S. District Judge Rodney Smith ruled in favor of Corellium LLC, saying its software emulating the iOS operating system that runs on the iPhone […]

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FAA approves small drones in the U.S. to fly over people and at night

(Reuters) — Small drones will be allowed to fly over people and at night in the United States, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Monday, a significant step toward their use for widespread commercial deliveries. The FAA said its long-awaited rules for the drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles, will address security concerns […]

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Goldman Sachs leads acquisition of bot mitigation company White Ops

White Ops, a fraud detection platform that protects enterprises and online platforms from automated attacks, announced it has been acquired by Goldman Sachs’ merchant banking division, in partnership with ClearSky Security and NightDragon. This news follows an investment the trio made in White Ops in May. Founded in 2012, New York-based White Ops uses threat […]

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SolarWinds hackers are ‘impacting’ U.S. federal, state, and local governments

(Reuters) — The U.S. cybersecurity agency said on Wednesday that a sprawling cyber espionage campaign made public earlier this month is affecting state and local governments, although it released few additional details. The hacking campaign, which used U.S. tech company SolarWinds as a springboard to penetrate federal government networks, was “impacting enterprise networks across federal, […]

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Dubber acquires Speik to expand its AI call-recording service

Dubber Corporation Ltd., a provider of unified call recording and analytics software based in Australia, revealed that it’s acquiring Speik, a U.K.-based maker of call recording software that complies with Payment Card Industry (PCI) security mandates. Valued at $38 million, the deal is part of Dubber’s effort to create a widely available cloud-based voice recording […]

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Microsoft and Google join Facebook’s legal battle against hacking company NSO

(Reuters) — Tech giants including Microsoft and Google on Monday joined Facebook’s legal battle against hacking company NSO, filing an amicus brief in federal court that warned that the Israeli firm’s tools were “powerful, and dangerous.” The brief, filed before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, opens up a new front in […]

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OneTrust raises $300 million to automate data governance and compliance

Atlanta, Georgia-based privacy and marketing solutions firm OneTrust today announced it raised $300 million at a $5.1 billion valuation. The company says the round will be put toward product R&D as it looks to expand its sales, marketing, and engineering teams worldwide. About 64% of respondents around the world feel that adhering to compliance requirements […]

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