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


Latest in mobile security: Introducing the ‘scream tone’

Have you ever got that sinking feeling after losing your cell phone? Wanted to scream or howl like a wolf? Now, T-Mobile’s Android customers can do just that through a new security featured dubbed “Scream Tones,” loud and obnoxious sounds that users can activate in order to track down a lost or stolen phone or… Read More

Paul Allen

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen victim of identity theft

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has become the subject of identity theft, with a an AWOL U.S. soldier in Pittsburgh charged with changing the address on a Seattle bank account owned by Allen and attempting to redirect funds to a personal account. Brandon Lee Price allegedly changed the address on a Citibank account owned by Allen… Read More


Video: A glimpse inside Microsoft’s high-tech Global Security Operations Center

On the Microsoft campus this week, hundreds of law enforcement and public safety officials are gathering for the company’s Worldwide Public Safety Symposium. The event includes a chance to check out Microsoft’s Global Security Operations Center, one of three facilities around the world that coordinate the safety and security of the company’s facilities, and more… Read More

George Kurtz

Stealth startup CrowdStrike wants to obliterate security threats, raises $26M

George Kurtz has a deep affinity for Seattle, previously working as a consultant at Microsoft and raising cash for his first startup, Foundstone, from Kirkland’s OVP Venture Partners. So, when the former McAfee chief technology officer was looking for a place to recruit top engineers for his new company, CrowdStrike, he immediately turned to Seattle. The… Read More


Mobilisafe study: 39 percent of mobile devices at small businesses are ‘stale’

Mobilisafe, a stealthy Seattle mobile security startup bankrolled by Madrona Venture Group and Trilogy Equity Partners, still isn’t sharing many details about its new product. But the company – led by former T-Mobile software architects Giri Sreenivas and Dirk Sigurdson – just released some detailed information about the lack of security around mobile devices at small and mid-sized businesses. Mobilisafe… Read More


Facebook, Washington AG file suits over ‘likejacking’ scheme

Facebook and Washington state Attorney General Rob McKenna today filed lawsuits against Adscend Media, an ad network that allegedly is engaged in a deceptive practice which has come to be known as “likejacking.” “We don’t ‘like’ schemes that illegally trick Facebook users into giving up personal information or paying for unwanted subscription services through spam,”… Read More


Microsoft says botnet kingpin worked for antivirus vendor

Four months after dismantling the nasty Kelihos botnet, Microsoft says it has tracked down the central figure behind it– naming Russian citizen Andrey N. Sabelnikov as a new defendant in its civil case over the botnet. Microsoft announced the news in a blog post. The company alleges that Sabelnikov wrote the code for the Kelihos malware and… Read More


Finsphere raises more cash to turn your cell phone into a fraud protection and ID device

Can your phone be used to help prevent fraud? That’s the idea behind Finsphere, a Bellevue mobile security startup that matches the location of a consumer’s mobile phone with financial transactions occurring at ATMs, banks or retail stores. If something seems out of whack — for example ATM withdrawals are occurring in San Francisco when your phone… Read More


Weight loss schemers hack ex-Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold’s Modern Cuisine Twitter account

Even former Microsoft chief technology officer Nathan Myhrvold is susceptible to hacker attacks. Last night, we noticed that Myhrvold’s popular Modern Cuisine Twitter account, followed by more than 8,100 folks, was promoting a Web site promising a “Miracle Diet” based on Acai berries. The Twitter message, shown above, linked to a site touting the “best… Read More


Hacker infiltrates Zappos network, gets customer info but not full credit cards

Amazon.com’s Zappos and its sister shopping site 6pm are informing users this weekend that portions of their internal network and systems have been infiltrated in a cyberattack. Full credit-card and payment data were not accessed, according to messages from Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh to employees and customers. Still, customers will be required to reset their… Read More