Feeds

MySQL daddy juices Finnish security firm

Wot? A SQL injection of cash?

Build a business case: developing custom apps

MySQL creator Michael "Monty" Widenius is injecting some venture capital and executive experience into a Finnish firm that makes a community-driven security add-on for browsers.

A native of Finland, Widenius invested an undisclosed sum into the coffers of Web of Trust, which makes the titular add-on WOT for Firefox and Internet Explorer. He'll also take a seat on the company's board of directors.

WOT is a free add-on that displays a safety rating next to search results from Google, Yahoo, Wikipedia, and others. The rating (either a green, yellow, or red badge) is based on opinions of a web site's risk solicited from WOT users. The company claims 3 million downloads and ratings for 21 million websites.

"I am thrilled to join the Web of Trust team and will do my best to help it reach new heights," Widenius stated on the WOT blog. "My years at MySQL have taught me the power of user-driven services, and I appreciate the value the contribution that each of you provide to the Web of Trust community by rating and commenting on websites!"

Widenius left Sun after a long-standing dispute over what he saw as a "premature" and "bug-ridden" release of MySQL 5.1.

He's also supposedly opening a restaurant that will use databases "to achieve a better customer experience." We hear the implicit primary key burger is terrific. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
Rupert Murdoch says Google is worse than the NSA
Mr Burns vs. The Chocolate Factory, round three!
Microsoft cries UNINSTALL in the wake of Blue Screens of Death™
Cache crash causes contained choloric calamity
e-Borders fiasco: Brits stung for £224m after US IT giant sues UK govt
Defeat to Raytheon branded 'catastrophic result'
Germany 'accidentally' snooped on John Kerry and Hillary Clinton
Dragnet surveillance picks up EVERYTHING, USA, m'kay?
Know what Ferguson city needs right now? It's not Anonymous doxing random people
U-turn on vow to identify killer cop after fingering wrong bloke
Snowden on NSA's MonsterMind TERROR: It may trigger cyberwar
Plus: Syria's internet going down? That was a US cock-up
Who needs hackers? 'Password1' opens a third of all biz doors
GPU-powered pen test yields more bad news about defences and passwords
Think crypto hides you from spooks on Facebook? THINK AGAIN
Traffic fingerprints reveal all, say boffins
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.