Shippers, traders and researchers monitoring global vessel traffic in the past six months might have seen an imaginary U.S. ferry sail to North Korea, a tugboat go from the Mississippi River to a Dallas lake in two minutes and the path of a fake Italian yacht spelling out PWNED -- hacker slang for “defeated.”
After Cisco Systems Inc. paid the highest multiple since 2002 for Sourcefire Inc., investors are betting other Internet security providers such as Fortinet Inc. can also win premium valuations in a sale.
Thousands of technology, finance and manufacturing companies are working closely with U.S. national security agencies, providing sensitive information and in return receiving benefits that include access to classified intelligence, four people familiar with the process said.
So let’s see if we can find the thread that connects some recent news from the technology world. Microsoft Corp. has agreed to let users of its forthcoming XBox One game system disable the “always on” motion-sensing camera that was previously described as a fully integrated component that couldn’t be turned off. Two companies that offer high- encryption e-mail services, Lavabit and Silent Circle, have announced they will cease providing it. Foreign firms interested in cloud computing, widely viewed as tech’s next profit machine, are seriously considering Asian and European providers instead of U.S. ones.
Barracuda Networks Inc., a provider of Internet security and data-protection systems, hired Morgan Stanley to lead an initial public offering that would seek to raise $100 million to $150 million, three people with knowledge of the matter said.
The FBI investigation that uncovered the extramarital affair leading to the resignation of CIA Director David H. Petraeus began after a woman complained to law enforcement officials about harassing e-mails, according to two officials briefed on the probe.