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Sep 20, 2013

FireEye share rush inspires Zscaler to move up IPO -CEO

BOSTON, Sept 20 (Reuters) – Cybersecurity firm ZScaler is
pushing up its IPO plans by six to nine months after a doubling
in FireEye Inc’s share price on its market debut on
Friday underscored the pent-up demand for companies that
specialize in battling online crime.

CEO Jay Chaudry, who co-founded the company in 2008 and
steered it into a global security provider to more than 4,000
enterprise customers, told Reuters in an interview that
FireEye’s eye-popping first-day performance clinched his

Sep 20, 2013

FireEye surges in debut, puts cybersecurity in spotlight

By Jim Finkle

(Reuters) – Shares in cybersecurity firm FireEye Inc (FEYE.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) almost doubled in their trading debut on Friday as the fast-growing company that helps businesses fend off hackers went public.

The success of the company’s highly anticipated initial public offering put cybersecurity firms in the spotlight on Wall Street and caused at least one company in the industry to accelerate plans to go public.

Sep 20, 2013
Sep 19, 2013

Hackers offered cash, booze to crack iPhone fingerprint security

BOSTON, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Hackers are gearing up for
Friday’s iPhone 5S release with a contest to crack the device’s
first-ever fingerprint scanner, a high-tech feature that Apple
Inc says makes users’ data more secure.

A micro venture capital firm joined a group of security
researchers to offer more than $13,000 in cash along with
bottles of booze, Bitcoin currency, books and other goodies to
the first hacker who breaks the device in a contest promoted on
the website ().

Sep 19, 2013
Sep 19, 2013
Sep 19, 2013

Hackers eager to crack fingerprint scanner on iPhone 5S

BOSTON (Reuters) – Hackers are gearing up for Friday’s release of the iPhone 5S, aiming to be the first to crack the device’s first-ever fingerprint scanner, a security feature that Apple Inc hopes will set the new model apart from the competition.

To sweeten the contest, a group of security researchers and a micro venture capital firm have pitched to offer a prize to the hacker who breaks through ahead of the rest. The booty, promoted on the website (, includes more than $13,000 in cash, bottles of bourbon and tequila, and other prizes.

Sep 17, 2013

Microsoft rushes out software fix to prevent browser attacks

By Jim Finkle

(Reuters) – Microsoft Corp released an emergency software fix for Internet Explorer on Tuesday after hackers exploited a security flaw in the popular Web browser to attack an unknown number of users.

The software maker said on its website it released the software, known as a “Fix It,” as an emergency measure to protect customers after learning about “extremely limited, targeted attacks” that made use of the newly discovered bug.

Sep 17, 2013

Hacker group in China linked to big cyber attacks: Symantec

BOSTON (Reuters) – Researchers have discovered a group of highly sophisticated hackers operating for hire out of China, a U.S. computer security company said on Tuesday, and it linked them to some of the best-known espionage attacks in recent years.

Symantec Corp said the group, which it dubbed “Hidden Lynx,” was among the most technically advanced of several dozen believed to be running cyber espionage operations out of China. Unlike a previous report by another company, Symantec did not accuse the Chinese government of involvement in the cyber attacks.

Sep 17, 2013
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      "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."
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