CyberX raises $18M

Industrial cybersecurity platform company CyberX, has raised $18 million in a funding round.

Facebook stored millions of passwords in plaintext, change yours now — Wired

Following a report by Krebs on Security, Facebook acknowledged a bug in its password management systems that caused hundreds of millions of user passwords to be stored as plaintext in an...

Obsidian Security raises $20M

Newport Beach, California-based identity protection company Obsidian Security has raised $20 million in a Series B financing round.

Socure raises $30M

Socure, a provider of identity verification and fraud prevention services, has raised $30 million in Series C funding.

Contrast Security raises $65 million

Contrast Security has raised a $65 million Series D funding round.

Once hailed as unhackable, blockchains are now getting hacked — MIT Technology Review

More and more security holes are appearing in cryptocurrency and smart contract platforms, writes Mike Orcutt. Here is the link: https://www.technologyreview.com/s/612974/once-hailed-as-unhackable-blockchains-are-now-getting-hacked/

How Apple’s enterprise app program became the new wild west of mobile apps —...

Apple dug a tunnel beneath the App Store, and the rats are getting through, writes Nick Statt. Here is the link: https://www.theverge.com/2019/2/20/18232583/apple-ios-developer-enterprise-program-store-mobile-apps

Google claims built-in Nest mic was ‘never intended to be a secret’ — The...

Google has admitted it made an error when it didn’t disclose that its Nest Secure home security system included an on-device microphone, writes Jon Porter. Here is the link: https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2019/2/20/18232960/google-nest-secure-microphone-google-assistant-built-in-security-privacy

GBG acquires identity verification services provider IDology for $300 million

UK-headquartered identity data intelligence company GBG, has conditionally agreed to acquire Atlanta-based IDology.

Carbonite to acquire Webroot for $618.5M

Cloud-based data protection provider Carbonite is acquiring cybersecurity company Webroot for $618.5 million in cash.

Illumio raises $65 million

Cybersecurity company Illumio has closed $65 million in a Series E funding round.

Nisos raises $6M

Nisos has raised $6 million in funding from Columbia Capital.

Salt Security raises $10M

API protection company Salt Security has raised $10 million in funding.

Japanese government plans to hack into citizens’ IoT devices — ZDNet

The Japanese government approved a law amendment on Friday that will allow government workers to hack into people's Internet of Things devices, writes Catalin Cimpanu. Here is the link: https://www.zdnet.com/article/japanese-government-plans-to-hack-into-citizens-iot-devices/

Mayhem, the machine that finds software vulnerabilities, then patches them — IEEE Spectrum

The machine triumphed in DARPA’s Cyber Grand Challenge, where teams automated white-hat hacking, writes David Brumley. Here is the link: https://spectrum.ieee.org/computing/software/mayhem-the-machine-that-finds-software-vulnerabilities-then-patches-them