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Google Chrome 56's crypto tweak 'borked thousands of computers' using Blue Coat security

Updated The availability of Transport Layer Security protocol version 1.3 was supposed to make network encryption faster and more secure. TLS 1.3 dispenses with a number of older cryptographic functions that no longer offer adequate protection, and reduces the amount of time required to negotiate "handshakes" between devices. Google …
Thomas Claburn, 27 Feb 2017
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Symantec sets legal wolves upon Zscaler

Having had its patent infringement lawsuits against Veeam seen off by the US courts, Symantec has now filed an IP infringement lawsuit against cloud-based security outfit ZScaler. Symantec claims Zscaler infringes seven of its more than 2,000 US patents – numbers 6,279,113; 7,203,959; 7,246,227; 7,392,543; 7,735,116; 8,181,036 …
Chris Mellor, 13 Dec 2016

Everyone's favorite infosec biz – Blue Coat – must cough up $40m to rival in patent rip-off row

Blue Coat has lost its appeal challenging a nearly $40m patent infringement lawsuit brought by rival security company Finjan. The California Northern District Court upheld the 2015 jury decision awarding $39,528,487 to Finjan for infringement by Blue Coat on five of its patents: 6,804,780 identifying downloadable files 6, …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jul 2016

Man-in-the-middle biz Blue Coat bought by Symantec: Infosec bods are worried

Analysis Symantec’s deal to to buy Blue Coat, the controversial web filtering firm, for $4.65bn will bolster its enterprise security business. But some security experts are concerned about the potential for conflict of interest created by housing Symantec’s digital certificate business and Blue Coat’s man-in-the-middle SSL inspection …
John Leyden, 14 Jun 2016
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Symantec swoops on Blue Coat in $4.65bn deal

Blue Coat has scrapped its IPO plans in favour of a $4.65bn takeover by IT security rival Symantec. Greg Clark, Blue Coat CEO, will take the helm at Symantec, so resolving the question of succession of Mike Brown, who announced his resignation as CEO in April. On a pro-forma basis, the combined company would have $4.4bn in …
Drew Cullen, 13 Jun 2016

Don't panic, says Blue Coat, we're not using CA cert to snoop on you

Blue Coat has denied it's up to any shenanigans – after the security biz was seemingly given the power to issue crypto certificates that could be used to spy on people. A kerfuffle kicked off this week when it looked as though Blue Coat had been made an intermediate certificate authority, backed by root certificate authority …
Iain Thomson, 27 May 2016

It's a post-Sony hack world as Blue Coat sells for $2.4 BILLION

Blue Coat Systems is to be acquired by Bain Capital in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $2.4bn, possibly preparing the company to go public again following its capture by Thoma Bravo for $1.3bn in 2012. Blue Coat, declaring “strong market share and revenue growth” of late, focuses upon providing network and …
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XBOX ONE and PS4, you'll make us RUN OUT of INTERNET

Web puritans Blue Coat are predicting that the end of internet days because of the release of Xbox One and rival PlayStation 4 gaming consoles. That's the stark message from a preposterous article - titled Will Xbox One and PS4 finally break the internet? - that reached our inbox on Friday morning. This had nothing to do with …
John Leyden, 22 Nov 2013

Blue Coat gobbles CCTV-for-network-traffic maker Solera

Web security outfit Blue Coat Systems is buying Big Data security, intelligence and analytics firm Solera Networks. Solera's DeepSee platform offers security analytics and forensic capabilities to help defend against advanced persistent threats (APTs) and targeted malware attacks. Solera has created a type of CCTV system for …
John Leyden, 22 May 2013
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Blue Coat, Skype and QQ named despots' best friends

Blue Coat Systems, Microsoft’s Skype and Chinese IM service QQ have all helped repressive states labelled "enemies of the internet" to snoop on their citizens, according to a new cyber censorship report from press freedom group Reporters Without Borders. Given China’s increasingly rigorous censorship of web-borne content and …
Phil Muncaster, 14 Mar 2013
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Zombie-animating malnets increase 200% in just 6 months

Crybercrooks are beefing up the infrastructure behind the delivery of botnets, a move that is leading towards more potent and numerous threats, say researchers. Botnet infections are commonly spread though compromised websites seeded with malicious scripts and promoted via black hat SEO tactics such as link farms. These …
John Leyden, 3 Oct 2012
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Private investor pays $1.3bn to don Blue Coat

Web security and WAN optimisation appliance firm Blue Coat Systems has been acquired by private equity investment outfit Thoma Bravo in a deal valued at about $1.3 billion. Under the terms of the deal, shareholders will receive $25.81 in cash for each share of Blue Coat common stock they hold, a premium of around 48 per cent …
John Leyden, 9 Dec 2011
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Profit-disaster CEO at Blue Coat: I'll get my coat

Blue Coat boss Michael Borman has fallen on his sword following declining sales and profits in fiscal first quarter 2012. The web security and WAN optimisation minnow saw sales come in at $109.5m (£66.7m) down 9 per cent sequentially and 11 per cent on last year, as profits fell 70 per cent quarter-on-quarter to $2.7m (£1.6m) …
Paul Kunert, 17 Aug 2011

Startup takes WAN optimization to the clouds

There's a new WAN optimization startup in town, taking on the likes of Riverbed, Citrix Systems, Blue Coat, and Cisco Systems with some freshly minted Series A funding and, you guessed it, a cloudy approach to delivering WAN optimization. Aryaka Networks came out of stealth mode today and was founded by Ajit Gupta, who …
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Blue Coat vows to fund the heck out of PacketShaper

Interop 2008 We'll admit that the WAN acceleration joint Blue Coat has largely been cruising under our radar, so when the company bought its rival Packeteer for $268m last week, we did a double-take. Being El Reg, of course, each individual take was filled with erudite contemplation. Here's a play-by-play recreation: First take: Holy …
Austin Modine, 30 Apr 2008

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