To any British kid who grew up watching James Bond, it might appear that Her Majesty’s Secret Service is clever enough to defeat any adversary. After the Snowden revelations, many people have changed their mind about whether spies are still the good guys, but it’s almost impossible to shake that English belief that the UK is home to the smartest of all spooks.
Microsoft Corp. is in talks to acquire Israel-based cybersecurity startup Aorato Ltd., according to a person familiar with the matter, who said the deal was worth around $200 million and could close within the next two months.
Microsoft declined to comment and Aorato wasn’t immediately available for comment. Founded in 2011 by veterans of the Israel Defense Forces technology units, Aorato develops and sells software that monitors access to central communication components in enterprise IT systems.
Microsoft's widely used software for brokering network access has a critical design flaw, an Israeli security firm said, but Microsoft contends the issue has been long-known and defenses are in place.
Aorato used public information to craft a proof-of-concept attack that shows how an attacker can change a person's network password, potentially allowing access to other sensitive systems, said Tal Be'ery, its vice president of research.
When 17-year-old George Hotz became the world’s first hacker to crack AT&T’s lock on the iPhone in 2007, the companies officially ignored him while scrambling to fix the bugs his work exposed. When he later reverse engineered the Playstation 3, Sony sued him and settled only after he agreed to never hack another Sony product.
A Russian hacker group that has attacked some of the biggest news and business sites in the world claims it penetrated CNET's website over the weekend and stole a database of registered reader data.
A representative from the group calling itself W0rm told CNET News in a Twitter conversation that it stole a database of usernames, emails, and encrypted passwords from CNET's servers. The database affects more than 1 million users.