Feeds

400 pound ex-coke dealer CEO ousted after media blitz

Sometimes it's better just to keep your head down...

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

An Internet security startup is now light a 400 pound co-founder, following a rather too public dust-up with Southwest Airlines over seat assignments. Amply-proportioned Tony Mazzamuto of Orange County outfit Cyberbuck Corp complained loudly to local news services after Southwest insisted to he buy two seats in order to accommodate his substantial hinterland, and unfortunately, the name started to ring bells all over Orange County.

The Orange County Register (no relation) tells us that Mazzamuto's old acquaintances instantly pegged him as a guy who'd done three years in prison for possession of 3½ pounds of cocaine for sale, and for carrying a gun when he had a prior felony conviction. There also seems to be some question over his age and education. The University he claims a masters degree from doesn't exist, for starters.

The consequence of Mazzamuto's exposure was, naturally, that Cyberbuck took a sudden close interest in the life and times of its erstwhile CEO. But in a written statement following his resignation, Cyberbuck rather oddly claims he left because of "philosophical differences about the future of the company." It'd be heartless of us to suggest this means he wanted to sell a product with more buzz, and use more powerful hardware. So we won't.

Cyberbuck's Big Idea is to sell consumers prepaid cards for use in online transactions, thus making them immune to Internet fraud. Sounds like a dud to us, but the company has $1 million of seed money and 40 staff, and hopes to launch in the summer, with an IPO next year. ®

See also:
Orange County Register story

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
MI6 oversight report on Lee Rigby murder: US web giants offer 'safe haven for TERRORISM'
PM urged to 'prioritise issue' after Facebook hindsight find
Assange™ slumps back on Ecuador's sofa after detention appeal binned
Swedish court rules there's 'great risk' WikiLeaker will dodge prosecution
NSA mass spying reform KILLED by US Senators
Democrats needed just TWO more votes to keep alive bill reining in some surveillance
'Internet Freedom Panel' to keep web overlord ICANN out of Russian hands – new proposal
Come back with our internet! cries Republican drawing up bill
What a Mesa: Apple vows to re-use titsup GT sapphire glass plant
Commits to American manufacturing ... of secret tech
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Go beyond APM with real-time IT operations analytics
How IT operations teams can harness the wealth of wire data already flowing through their environment for real-time operational intelligence.
Why CIOs should rethink endpoint data protection in the age of mobility
Assessing trends in data protection, specifically with respect to mobile devices, BYOD, and remote employees.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?