Locaid is announcing today that it will provide “unspoofable” location authentication for mobile gambling. The Locaid technology is a critical part of the ecosystem that can support online gambling, which is expected to be a huge industry in the U.S. in the not-so-distant future.
Concerns over privacy on the web seems to be reaching a boiling point, with federal agencies and legislators looking into the policies and practices of Facebook, Apple and Google. Today the Brooklyn based startup Spotflux is announcing a $1 million funding led by New Atlantic Ventures and taking the beta label off its product in time for SXSW. And if you had any doubt about what a hot button issue privacy has become, Spotflux is currently leading the voting in the SXSW people’s choice awards.
Google is working on a possible password-managing tool for future versions of its Chrome browser. ArsTechnica found details of the interesting project on the Chromium Project site.
With the advent of OAuth, an open standard for authorization, you can easily sign up for new services and apps simply by relying on your Facebook and Google profiles. But that simplicity also makes it easy to give total strangers a window into our lives, as Wired’s Andy Baio explains in a recent post.
Hacking into government systems just got a bit harder. TerraEchos, a security company using big data to identify and thwart security threats, announced today that it’s raised $1.55 million in seed funding to be an internet security vigilante.
Solera Networks has raised $20 million in a fourth round of funding led by Intel Capital, the investment arm of the world’s biggest chip maker.
Mobile security company Lookout Mobile released a new app today to show just how many mobile threats exist.
Mykonos Software sets “tar traps” to catch of cyber criminals trying to hack your Web app. The company announced a $4 million first round of funding today.
Proving that anticipation was exceptionally high for a full iPhone 4S jailbreak, the folks behind the Absinthe jailbreaking tool report that it received over 1 million downloads within its first 24 hours.
In a move to bolster its cloud credentials, notable anti-virus and security player Symantec has acquired e-mail archiving company LiveOffice for $115 million, the company announced this morning.
Zappos customers got more from the online shoe retailer this month than a pair of winter boots. They all received a bit of a shock on Sunday when CEO Tony Hsieh revealed that the company suffered a security breach on one of its Kentucky servers.
Stratfor, an organization that provides international intelligence reports to a large (and often influential) clientele, has finally brought its site back online after last month’s Anonymous-driven takedown.
Hacker collective Anonymous has just dumped 200 GB of names, email addresses and passwords for around 860,000 Stratfor users. Anonymous also exposed credit card numbers for 75,000 paying customers of Stratfor.
Update: As pointed out below in the reader comments, these estimates are likely off by a sizable amount as they do not take into account the free Battle.net Mobile Authenticator. Users of the free app are entitled to the Core Hound Pup in-game pet (which was used to come up with the $26 million figure) just as users of the paid authenticator are, so it’s virtually impossible to calculate how much revenue has actually been made via this product. Sincere apologies for the misinformation.
Following a major attack by the hacker group Anonymous, security research firm Strategic Forecasting, better known as Stratfor, has said it will delay putting its website back online by about a week.