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Check Point buys bare-metal security upstart Hyperwise

Check Point has pounced early to buy up stealth-mode security startup Hyperwise, which does sandboxing on the CPU itself rather than in the OS. Financial terms of the deal, announced on Wednesday, were not disclosed. Israel-based Hyperwise’s CPU level threat prevention technology is designed to throttle malware-based attacks at …
John Leyden, 18 Feb 2015
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Check Point snaps up mobile security outfit Lacoon

Check Point is buying Lacoon Mobile Security, in a deal that expands the security software firm beyond its core firewall and IDS market while pushing it further into mobile. Terms of the deal, announced Thursday, were undisclosed. Lacoon develops security apps for both iOS and Android, as well as marketing real-time mobile …
John Leyden, 02 Apr 2015
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Check Point bakes anti-malware tech into firewall bricks

Check Point is baking in cyber-espionage defences to its enterprise firewall and gateway security products with the incorporation of sandbox-style technology. "Threat emulation" software blades for Check Point firewalls will be available later in Q2 2013 and will add to other threat prevention layers, such as anti-virus and anti …
John Leyden, 12 Apr 2013
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Check Point in domain expiry snafu

Security giant Check Point failed to renew its dot-com domain name on time over the weekend. Screen grab of the Check Point (or should that be Chick Point?) cock-up. Click for larger As a result surfers visiting the site were confronted by the above holding page, with links to backorder or renew the domain …
John Leyden, 02 Apr 2012
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Check Point scoffs security dashboard firm

Check Point has acquired governance, risk management and compliance (GRC) firm Dynasec. Financial terms of the deal, announced Monday, were undisclosed. The acquisition allows Check Point to extend its 3D Security line of firewalls and VPNs to add features that enable companies to "view security as a business process, focusing …
John Leyden, 31 Oct 2011
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Email cock-up blamed in Check Point domain expiry snafu

Check Point has downplayed the significance of a domain renewal mix-up that resulted in its home page being replaced by a holding page for a brief period on Monday. The problem arose because Network Solutions sent the security firm's domain renewal notice to the wrong email address, a statement by the firewall and VPN firm …
John Leyden, 03 Apr 2012

Oh snap! Yap app WhatsApp chaps zap .BAT trap in hack flap

The web version of phone chat app WhatsApp – yes, there's a web version – allowed internet lowlifes to fire off malware at potentially millions of PCs, apparently. WhatsApp Web runs in your browser, and allows you to message friends and follow conversations just as you would on your mobe. We're told Check Point security …
Chris Williams, 08 Sep 2015

Cyber crims up the ante with Google Play brainteaser malware

Android malware bundled in an intelligence-testing game has been published to the official Google Play Store, not once but twice, claiming hundreds of thousands of victims in the process. Dodgy versions of a gaming app called BrainTest were able to bypass Google’s security scanning of mobile apps using a range of techniques. …
John Leyden, 22 Sep 2015
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Mobile device screens recorded using the Certifi-gate vulnerability

Vulnerable plug-ins have been installed on hundreds of thousands of Android devices, allowing screens to be recorded, according to data from the scanning tool which discovered that the so-called Certifi-gate vulnerability is already being exploited in the wild. The Certifi-gate vulnerability was disclosed by security …
John Leyden, 25 Aug 2015

Symantec announces latest grand fromage prior to split

Symantec has appointed another senior exec to its team, ahead of a major corporate restructuring which will see the firm split into two by the end of the year. The company today named Keith Bird, UK boss of Check Point, as its next managing director for Northern Europe. The division will effectively undo the 2004 acquisition of …
Kat Hall, 17 Jun 2015
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Mystery 'Explosive' cyber-spy campaign traced back to Lebanon

A nation-state cyber-attack campaign running since 2012 has been traced back to a somewhat unlikely launchpad in Lebanon. Security researchers at Check Point reckon hackers behind the so-called Volatile Cedar campaign have hit defence contractors, telecommunications and media companies, and educational institutions in multiple …
John Leyden, 01 Apr 2015

Android faces SECOND patching crisis, on the same scale as Stagefright

Hours after Google and smartphone makers promised an imminent patch for the infamous Stagefright vulnerability another critical flaw in Android is being outed. The “Certifi-gate” vulnerability allows applications to gain illegitimate privileged access rights, typically reserved for remote support applications that are either …
John Leyden, 06 Aug 2015

US dominates net-security patents, China, Canada and Oz on the advance

The US, China, Canada and Australia are the world's major sources of security patents, according to analysis by LexInnova. The company issued a report on Friday looking at the market for security patent licensing. It'll come as no surprise that Cisco is the 800-pound gorilla of the security game with 6,442 patents (followed …
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Check Point kills scareware-style pop-up campaign

Check Point has backed down in a row over a controversial scareware-style pop-up message warning to users of its ZoneAlarm personal firewall product, admitting that it got it wrong, and withdrawing the marketing campaign. The row began after ZoneAlarm users were hit by a warning that their PCs 'may be in danger' from a newly …
John Leyden, 21 Sep 2010
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Check Point defends ZoneAlarm scareware-style warning

Check Point has defended controversial marketing tactics that confronted ZoneAlarm users with what critics describe as a scareware-style dialogue box to convince them to upgrade to paid-for personal firewall software. Users of the free version of the personal firewall were confronted by a warning that their PCs 'may be in danger …
John Leyden, 21 Sep 2010
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Check Point boss looks beyond 'weapons' for security defence

Interview De-perimiterisation and the move to cloud computing will not alter the central place the firewall occupies in corporate security architectures, according to Check Point chief exec Gil Shwed. Check Point is advocating a three-phase strategy of security policy enforcement centred around the firewall, user education and enforcement …
John Leyden, 13 May 2011
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Check Point buys Nokia security appliance business

Check Point Software is buying Nokia's security appliance business. Terms of the deal, announced Monday, remain undisclosed. The agreement is subject to regulatory approval but expected to close in the first quarter of 2009. Nokia has made use of Check Point firewall and VPN software technology to market purpose-built …
John Leyden, 23 Dec 2008

Wordpress issues second urgent patch in two weeks

Weary Wordpress worker-bees are being asked to hit the "Update" button again. Just a couple of weeks after an XSS vulnerability forced a July 24th call to upgrade to Wordpress 4.2.3, a handy collection of vulns mean it's time to run in version 4.2.4. At least Wordpress has an easy upgrade mechanism. The new vulnerabilities …
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Symantec to cough up $17m after bloody dust-up with patent troll

Symantec must pay out $17m after losing a patent infringement battle to IP-hoarding house Intellectual Ventures. A jury in Delaware found in favor of Intellectual Ventures on two of three infringement claims, awarding the biz $8m in damages for one claim and $9m for the other. Symantec was found to have infringed on two patents …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Feb 2015
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Bad news, fandroids: He who controls the IPC tool, controls the DROID

A security flaw in a core message-passing mechanism leaves every Android device potentially vulnerable to attack, security researchers warned on Thursday. The newly discovered flaw enables hackers to override in-app security features, leaving critical apps such as mobile banking susceptible to tampering. The same vulnerability …
John Leyden, 16 Oct 2014

Misfortune Cookie crumbles router security: '12 MILLION+' in hijack risk

Infosec biz Check Point claims it has discovered a critical software vulnerability that allows hackers to hijack home and small business broadband routers across the web. The commandeered boxes could be used to launch attacks on PCs and gadgets within their local networks. More than 12 million low-end SOHO routers worldwide are …
John Leyden, 18 Dec 2014

Bugzilla code critters blab your security sinners, warns Mozilla

The Mozilla Foundation has warned of a number of recently discovered vulnerabilities in its Bugzilla bug-tracking tool that could give attackers access to sensitive information about software projects. One particularly serious flaw allows attackers to bypass email verification phase when creating new Bugzilla accounts, meaning …
Neil McAllister, 07 Oct 2014

Use MediaWiki and hate malware? This patch is for you

Check Point Software Technologies has announced a remote code execution bug in the popular MediaWiki platform that powers Wikipedia. As detailed here: “Your MediaWiki installation is affected by a remote code execution vulnerability if you have enabled file upload support for DjVu (natively supported by MediaWiki) or PDF files ( …

Patching a fragmented, Stagefrightened Android isn't easy

Android users face a triple patching headache with the recent discovery of a collection of serious vulnerabilities affecting smartphones and tablets running Google's mobile operating system. Security experts warn that the fragmented nature of Android devices will make patching more difficult than it would be in updating PCs. …
John Leyden, 12 Aug 2015

Check Point Snorts up Sourcefire

Check Point has promised to support the open source Snort community following a $225m cash and stock acquisition of security tools firm Sourcefire last week. The deal, which is subject to regulatory approval, is expected to close in Q106. Sourcefire founder Martin Roesch developed the popular Snort intrusion prevention before …
John Leyden, 11 Oct 2005
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Check Point buys Zone Labs

Check Point is boosting its consumer portfolio with through the takeover of Zone Labs, the vendor best known for the Zone Alarm firewall software. Check Point is shelling out $205m upfront - approx $113m in cash and approx $92 mmillion in shares. It is also assuming Zone Lab employee stock options, which could convert to 2.9 …
Drew Cullen, 16 Dec 2003
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Check Point bids $586m for PointSec

Check Point has made a bid to acquire Protect Data, the holding company for mobile security firm PointSec Mobile Technologies, in a cash deal valued at $586m (SEK 4,152m). The offer is subject to the agreement of 90 per cent of Protect's shareholders, as well as regulatory approval. Protect Data has urged shareholders of the …
John Leyden, 20 Nov 2006
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Dodgy affiliates use malware to flog Symantec and Check Point

Unscrupulous affiliates are using malware to advertise security software from legitimate firms. The practice is the brainchild of people who make a commission for every sale they generate - and not security vendors themselves. The practice raises serious concerns about the integrity and policing of affiliate programs from big …
John Leyden, 12 Feb 2008

Check Point plays down FireWall-1 bug reports

Security giant Check Point has played down the seriousness of reports of multiple vulnerabilities in a supposedly locked-down version of its flagship FireWall-1/VPN-1 security software. Spanish security firm Pentest discovered multiple buffer overflow vulnerabilities during the course of a comprehensive security evaluation of …
John Leyden, 03 Oct 2007

Feds nix Check Point's Sourcefire bid

A takeover bid by an Israeli firewall firm has become the latest victim of US security protectionism. Check Point Software has dropped its bid for US rival Sourcefire after objections from the FBI and Pentagon were heard by the Treasury's Committee on Foreign Investments. The Committee has also overseen the recent rumpus …
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Net wag endorses Playmobil Security Check Point

One net wag has wasted no time making merry at the expense of the improbable but entirely genuine Playmobil Security Check Point, sadly currently unavailable down at Playmobil's Security Check Point The manufacturer's blurb states: "The woman traveler stops by the security checkpoint. After placing her luggage on …
Lester Haines, 07 Mar 2008
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Check Point targets MEs with firewall/ VPN combo

Internet security firm Check Point is targeting medium-sized companies with a firewall/VPN package designed for organisations with up to 500 employees. Check Point Express includes firewall, VPN, network and application attack protection combined with multi-site, centralised management functions. The package is designed to be …
John Leyden, 20 Aug 2003
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Second time lucky, Check Point marries intrusion prevention firm

Check Point Software has agreed to buy threat prevention firm NFR Security for around $20m. The deal, announced Tuesday, is expected to close by the end of the year. NFR, established in 1996, is based in Rockville, Maryland, and has 22 employees. Its flagship product is a piece of intrusion detection and prevention software …
John Leyden, 19 Dec 2006

Check Point adds hardware UTM

Check Point has announced its first universal threat management (UTM) appliance in a bid to win over mid-sized organisations who want their own security systems, but don't want to buy security software and install it themselves. Called UTM-1, the box will compete with similar devices from Cisco and Juniper, and from a host of …
Bryan Betts, 06 Feb 2007
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Fragmented Android development creating greater security risks

The fragmentation of Android is creating additional security risks, as the rush to release new devices without sufficient testing is inadvertently introducing security flaws, security researchers have warned. The researchers – Xiaoyong Zhou, Yeonjoon Lee, Nan Zhang, Muhammad Naveed and XiaoFeng Wang – uncovered flaws in …
John Leyden, 20 Jul 2015
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Check Point in Firewall-1 security flap

Check Point has plugged a serious security vulnerability affecting several versions of its flagship security platform, Firewall-1. The problem stems from a flaw in the Application Intelligence (AI) component of Firewall-1, which is meant to detect application level attacks, but is itself vulnerable to format string or heap …
John Leyden, 11 Feb 2004
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European Commission raps Check Point's knuckles

The European Commission has closed an investigation into Check Point Software after the Israeli firm promised not to engage in exclusionary supply practices with its distributors. Last June, Finnish security firm Stonesoft lodged a complaint to the Commission alleging Check Point abused its dominant position in the firewall …
John Leyden, 10 Apr 2002
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Check Point touts firewall for home broadband users

Check Point Software has entered the consumer appliance market with a firewall targeted at residential broadband users. The S-box, from Check Point subsidiary SofaWare, uses a cut-down version of Check Point's stateful inspection firewall technology and is been positioned as a secure and easy way for consumers to protect …
John Leyden, 11 Dec 2001
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Check Point launches dewormer for internal networks

Check Point Software today launched Interspect, a family of security appliances designed to block the spread of computer worms across internal networks. The appliance segmentg internal networks into security zones to block the spread of worms such as Nimda and Blaster, which spread like wildfire if left unchecked. If a worm- …
John Leyden, 21 Jan 2004
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Check Point bolsters apps security defences

Check Point Software is introducing defences against application-driven attacks to its flagship firewall and VPN software. In recent months, Cisco, Netscreen and Network Associates have attempted to redefine the function of traditional firewalls with intrusion prevention features. That's the rationale behind Cisco acquisition …
John Leyden, 12 May 2003
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Check Point beefs up spyware defences

Check Point Software is to build improved spyware defences into the next version of its ZoneAlarm integrated consumer security software package. ZoneAlarm Security Suite 6, due to be released 18 July, will feature a spyware scanner and an "operating system" firewall. Gregor Freund, chief technology officer at Check Point, and …
John Leyden, 08 Jul 2005
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Check Point says Sept 11 cost it $15-$20m

Check Point Software, best known as a supplier of firewall and VPN products, has reported healthy third quarter profits despite estimating the tragic events of September 11 cost it between $15-$20 million, due to interruption of its business. Revenues for Check Point's third quarter were $118.0 million on which it recorded a …
John Leyden, 18 Oct 2001
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Check Point strengthens perimeter with Zone Labs

Check Point Technologies acquisition of Zone Labs for $205 million will provide it with the means to beef up its offerings in endpoint security and SSL VPNs, areas where its rivals have been making strides recently. It will also give Check Point a sizable consumer business for the first time, with the ZoneAlarm product helping …
Datamonitor, 17 Dec 2003
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Check Point adds console management

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Check Point Software Technologies Inc has produced an enterprise-class security infrastructure management console that finally brings to security administrators a level of product integration and ease of use to match technology so well established in network and systems management arenas …
ComputerWire, 24 May 2002

BYOD? More like CYOD as companies still set the parameters

Companies are rapidly expanding the volume of mobile devices used by their employees. The number of devices enrolled in business grew by 72 per cent during the whole of last year, compared with 2013. Moreover, a Good Technology survey in the first quarter of 2015 found 72 per cent of those devices ran iOS, 26 per cent Android …
Andy Favell, 25 Aug 2015
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Check Point looks beyond the perimeter

Check Point Software is to place greater emphasis on internal and Web security technology in future product development. The company is best known to date for its perimeter security VPN and firewall products. The thinking behind the revised product strategy is to supply Check Point with the means to deliver an integrated …
John Leyden, 20 Nov 2003

Nothing to sniff at: Cisco finishes $2.8bn gobble of Snort'ing guy's Sourcefire

Intrusion prevention's a hot topic in the world of security, as reflected in the $2.8bn price tag Cisco has paid to complete the acquisition of network security specialists Sourcefire. The purchase - which was announced in July - is the largest security firm purchase since Intel's $7.7bn acquisition of McAfee in 2010. And it's a …
Iain Thomson, 09 Oct 2013
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Check Point brings out budget VPN

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Check Point Software Technologies Ltd is targeting network administrators with cheap-n-cheerful virtual private network software, VPN-1 Net, released this week. The company has also rebranded its VPN-1 Gateway product as VPN-1 Pro, to reflect the feature differences of its product line. …
ComputerWire, 09 Apr 2002
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Software is king – Check Point

Check Point, the firewall vendor, is planning a marketing assault on the clientless remote access market. SSL VPN appliance start-ups such as Aventail, Netilla Networks and Neoteris dominate this sector, but Check Point yesterday voiced its ambition to leapforg to the head of the pack. SSL VPNs are emerging as a simpler …
John Leyden, 17 Jun 2003
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Check Point upgrades SmartCenter

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Check Point Software Technologies Ltd will tomorrow unveil an upgrade to its firewall/VPN management software designed to greatly simplify policy administration in large deployments. The aptly named Large Scale Manager is an extension to Check Point's SmartCenter Pro security gateway …
ComputerWire, 09 Sep 2002