Correspondent, Boston
Jim's Feed
Jan 2, 2014
Jan 2, 2014

FireEye buys cyber forensics firm Mandiant for about $1 billion

BOSTON (Reuters) – Cybersecurity company FireEye Inc, one of last year’s hottest IPOs, has acquired Mandiant Corp, the computer forensics specialist best known for unveiling a secretive Chinese military unit believed to be behind a series of hacking attacks on U.S. companies.

The $1.05 billion cash-and-stock deal, which FireEye said closed on Monday, unites two companies with relatively new technologies for thwarting cyber attacks, and brings together two of the most-respected executives in the security industry: FireEye CEO Dave DeWalt and Mandiant founder Kevin Mandia.

Jan 2, 2014
Jan 2, 2014
Jan 2, 2014
Jan 2, 2014
Dec 29, 2013
Dec 29, 2013

Hacker took over BBC server, tried to ‘sell’ access on Christmas Day

BOSTON (Reuters) – A hacker secretly took over a computer server at the BBC, Britain’s public broadcaster, and then launched a Christmas Day campaign to convince other cyber criminals to pay him for access to the system.

While it is not known if the hacker found any buyers, the BBC’s security team responded to the issue on Saturday and believes it has secured the site, according to a person familiar with the cleanup effort.

Dec 29, 2013

Exclusive: Hacker took over BBC server, tried to ‘sell’ access on Christmas Day

BOSTON (Reuters) – A hacker secretly took over a computer server at the BBC, Britain’s public broadcaster, and then launched a Christmas Day campaign to convince other cyber criminals to pay him for access to the system.

While it is not known if the hacker found any buyers, the BBC’s security team responded to the issue on Saturday and believes it has secured the site, according to a person familiar with the cleanup effort.

Dec 27, 2013

Mobile carriers failed to use tech fixes to thwart spying: expert

By Jim Finkle

(Reuters) – The world’s mobile phone carriers have failed to implement technology fixes available since 2008 that would have thwarted the National Security Agency’s ability to eavesdrop on many mobile phone calls, a cyber security expert says.

Karsten Nohl, chief scientist with Berlin’s Security Research Labs, told Reuters ahead of a highly anticipated talk at a conference in Germany that his firm discovered the issue while reviewing security measures implemented by mobile operators around the world.

    • About Jim

      "Jim works in the Reuters Boston bureau covering cyber security, hacking and technology privacy issues. He’s been with Reuters since 2005. He previously covered technology, media and biotechnology for Broadcasting & Cable, the Orange County Register and Bloomberg News out Tokyo, Taipei, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Santa Ana, California."
      Joined Reuters:
      2005
      Languages:
      English, Mandarin
    • More from Jim

    • Contact Jim

    • Follow Jim