Cybersecurity: What businesses can expect from U.S.-China talks, amid brewing NSA controversy

U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet at a secluded estate in Southern California starting today for two days of talks on a host of bilateral and global issues. Among them will be cybersecurity, which has quickly risen in prominence to the top of the Sino-American agenda. What can businesses expect… Read More


Washington state courts pledge better security after driver license and social security numbers compromised

The Washington State Administrative Office of the Courts announced this week that its Web site was the subject of a “security breach,” one which has caused as many as 160,000 social security numbers and up to one million driver licenses to be accessed. “We regret that this breach has occurred and we have taken immediate… Read More


Security cameras helped catch Boston Marathon bombers; what’s your take on public surveillance?

Technology certainly played a crucial role in the hunt for the two Boston Marathon bombers, whether it was important smartphone pictures from the public or the forward-looking infrared cameras that spotted suspect No. 2 in the backyard boat. But the best piece of evidence may have come from a Lord and Taylor department store security… Read More


VIDEO: Here’s what customers think of a Seattle bar banning Google Glasses

If you haven’t heard yet, Seattle’s 5 Point Cafe is one of the first establishments to declare a ban on Google Glasses to prevent its patrons from being recorded by the high-tech glasses (but also as a bit of a joke, the bar’s owner admits). Google’s high-tech augmented reality “Project Glass” spectacles are still in development and not available for purchase by… Read More

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Legal experts debate cybercrime laws in wake of Aaron Swartz’s suicide

About 150 people turned out for a discussion entitled “Redefining ‘cybercrime’ after Aaron Swartz: a roundtable discussion” on Monday night at the University of Washington’s Kane Hall. The touchpoint for the discussion was the controversy surrounding Swartz, a brilliant computer programmer who committed suicide in January. Swartz, who helped develop RSS and Reddit, was facing… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: Lacuna alerts IT staff of potential problems before outages hit

Pinpointing technical glitches before they occur is kind of like finding a needle in a haystack. But Kirkland-based Lacuna Systems — led by former employees of Amazon.com, Classmates.com and aQuantive — believes that its new Indico platform can save IT managers time and money by locating problems before they arise. It does this by intelligently analyzing… Read More


Startup Spotlight: Codeproof IDs jailbroken phones, ‘malicious apps’ and other mobile threats

Make no mistake about it, life is challenging for corporate IT managers these days. Not only must they now deal with ongoing cyberthreats, but an increasing number of employees are connecting to the corporate network with their personal devices, like iPads and Android phones. That trend — known in tech speak as BYOD or Bring Your… Read More


Microsoft buys PhoneFactor to protect users from password theft

Microsoft has been pretty quiet on the acquisition front since its $1.2 billion buy of Yammer in July. But this week the software giant picked up a small, 11-year-old company Overland Park, Kansas company called PhoneFactor. PhoneFactor, with fewer than 50 employees, specializes in what’s dubbed “multi-factor authentication.” Essentially, it creates a another layer of authentication… Read More


Big shift for Microsoft’s Forefront security products: RIP ISA Server

Today Microsoft announced “Important Changes to Forefront Product Roadmaps.” Product roadmap update announcements often aren’t terribly interesting, but oftentimes the bland naming hides the full scope of what’s really happening. Today is no exception. Microsoft is making a rather dramatic change in its server security offerings, signaling a narrowing and shift in focus and bidding goodbye to nearly all… Read More


Plot thickens in mysterious leak of Apple user data

A small Florida online publishing company named Blue Toad has inserted itself into last week’s Anonymous/AntiSec-FBI story about an iOS data leak — making an already murky story even murkier. And while everyone likes a good crime story, this latest twist just underscores how affected users are the ones left holding the bag. If you’re… Read More


IPO Friday: Kayak and Palo Alto Networks soar in debuts

It was one year ago today that Zillow competed its initial public offering, a milestone that we noted in our story yesterday on the impressive rise of the online real estate company. Now,  two other tech companies are looking to follow in Zillow’s successful path, hoping July 20th marks some magical date. So far, it… Read More


Russian ‘cyber bandit’ arrested for attacks on Amazon.com

A 25-year-old Russian man has been arrested for masterminding two denial-of-service attacks on Amazon.com, attacks that occurred in the summer of 2008 and prevented customers from accessing the Web site of the Seattle online retailer. Dmitry Olegovich Zubakha was indicted in May 2011, and was just arrested in Cyprus this week. “These cyber bandits do… Read More


As violence rises in Seattle, city considers acoustic sensors to pinpoint gunshots

Could a high-tech solution help solve Seattle’s rising gun violence problem? On Thursday, The City of Seattle’s Public Safety Committee plans to discuss the possibilities of installing ShotSpotter, a gunshot detection system that uses acoustic sensors and software to triangulate where shots were fired. Meanwhile, an accompanying video surveillance system can be used to capture images of… Read More


Dutch hacker ‘Fortezza’ extradited to U.S. on 14 counts

David Benjaim Schrooten, a 21-year-old Dutch computer hacker who operates under the name “Fortezza,” is scheduled to make his first court appearance today in Seattle as part of a 14-count indictment alleging that he stole and marketed thousands of stolen credit card numbers. Arrested in Romania in March, Schrooten arrived in Seattle on June 9th… Read More


LinkedIn: No accounts hacked as result of stolen passwords

LinkedIn today updated its users on the stolen password fiasco that arose last week in which 6.4 million passwords were illegally obtained and posted on a Russian Web site. According to a blog post from LinkedIn’s Vicente Silveira the company has received no reports that member accounts have been breached as a result of the… Read More


‘Flame’ virus exploiting hole in Microsoft algorithm

A sophisticated piece of malware targeting computers in Iran and other parts of the Middle East spread in part by disguising itself as a piece of Microsoft software, taking advantage of a flaw in one of the company’s older cryptography algorithms. That’s the word from Microsoft in a blog post published over the weekend. The… Read More


Mobilisafe promises mobile device security (without spying on employees)

It’s been just over a year since stealthy Mobilisafe came on to the scene with backing from Madrona Venture Group and John Stanton’s Trilogy Equity Partnership. But the Seattle startup, led by former T-Mobile software architects Giri Sreenivas and Dirk Sigurdson, is finally taking the wraps off its new mobile security service today. And what have the engineers been… Read More


Mobile data security startup Datacastle locks in $2.4M

Fast-growing Datacastle has reeled in $2.4 million in fresh financing, and is on the prowl for more as the Seattle startup looks to catapult even deeper into the hot market of mobile data protection. The new funding was provided by existing investors CM Capital and Haag Investments, both of Australia. Founder and Chief Technology Officer… Read More

Rob McKenna, left, and Craig Clark, Facebook lead litigation counsel, announced the case at a news conference in January.

Washington AG settles with alleged Facebook ‘likejacker’

The Washington State Attorney General’s Office today announced a settlement in a case brought earlier this year against a company accused of tricking Facebook users into clicking the “like” button and giving their personal information under false and misleading pretenses. The practice, known as “likejacking,” allegedly lured Facebook users into clicking through and giving personal… Read More