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The Four Types of Spam Attacks

The Four Types of Spam Attacks

“Whoa, I just logged into my admin panel and found 10,000 new comments!”  Typically, high numbers of page views and user interaction is a good thing. However, when you experience an explosion of comments in a short period of time, typically they turn out to be spam.  Has this ever happened to you? Did you...
Celebrities Aren’t the Only Ones Harassed Online: 5 Steps to Ward off Cyberstalkers

Celebrities Aren’t the Only Ones Harassed Online: 5 Steps to Ward off Cyberstalkers

Cyberstalking has been on the front page of tabloids recently, reporting on the harassment of celebrities such as Alyson Hannigan and Avril Lavigne.  Harassed for weeks, Miranda Kerr shouted back at her cyberstalker after she met with police and cyber security officials to report the incident. You don’t have to be a supermodel to be...
Trolling: An Age-Old Problem That’s Not Getting Better (Part 1)

Trolling: An Age-Old Problem That’s Not Getting Better (Part 1)

This past weekend I was at a holiday party. When speaking to another guest about some of the Internet security issues we solve at Impermium, I was asked “what is trolling?” I was shocked that Trolling, an age-old problem in existence practically as long as the Internet itself, was a mystery to her. And keep...
Did Spammers Steal the Campaign? Dirty Politics and Dirty Social Media

Did Spammers Steal the Campaign? Dirty Politics and Dirty Social Media

Social spammers are making sure this presidential election season will be remembered as one of the most contentious and insulting in recent history.  With so many new techniques developed to infiltrate social networks and manipulate the political dialogue, these bad apples are becoming more than just a nuisance.  Recently, analysts have discovered that fake accounts...
Who Can You Trust for Viable Cybersecurity Information for Startups?

Who Can You Trust for Viable Cybersecurity Information for Startups?

This Friday, Sameer Bhalotra (Impermium’s COO) will be moderating a forum on cybersecurity best practices for early startups in Silicon Valley that will include voices from top industry insiders in technology and security.  Hosted by the Bay Area Council, the Security Innovation Network, the National Cyber Security Alliance, and Impermium — and part of National Cybersecurity Awareness...
On The Move: San Jose Mercury News Highlights Impermium’s new COO, Sameer Bhalotra

On The Move: San Jose Mercury News Highlights Impermium’s new COO, Sameer Bhalotra

“The Redwood City cybersecurity company, which protects websites and social networks from spam and abuse, named Sameer Bhalotra as chief operating officer. He was President Barack Obama’s former senior director of cybersecurity for the White House.” Take a look at the article in the San Jose Mercury News Print Edition Archive.
Social Media Passwords Made Private Under New California Laws

Social Media Passwords Made Private Under New California Laws

This morning Governor Jerry Brown of California signed two bills that will further protect the passwords of social media users in California from unwarranted access of their private accounts from potential employers or institutions.   This is the first law of its kind in the United States and sets a precedent in the direction of user...
Impermium Joins $10 Million NSF Funded Research Program to Secure our Nation’s Cyberspace

Impermium Joins $10 Million NSF Funded Research Program to Secure our Nation’s Cyberspace

The National Science Foundation has just announced Impermium as a collaborator with the International Computer Science Institute, the University of California San Diego, and George Mason University in a large-scale, 5-year cybersecurity research project funded through a $10 Million grant from the organizations’ Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program.  Impermium will be working with several...
Impermium Advisor Named Top 99 Under 33 Foreign Policy Leaders

Impermium Advisor Named Top 99 Under 33 Foreign Policy Leaders

Impermium’s Candace Yu has been named one of the 99 most influential foreign policy leaders under the age of 33 Congratulations to Candace Yu, Senior Advisor for Strategic Engagements at Impermium for being named one of the “Top 99 Under 33 Foreign Policy Leaders” by Diplomatic Courier and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy.  Candace earned...
Impermium Named an Emerging Security Vendor 2012

Impermium Named an Emerging Security Vendor 2012

CRN has named Impermium as one of the top emerging security vendors of 2012.  Noted by CRN as an up and coming startup, Impermium stands out in a field of many emerging security firms as one that protects the companies’ core investments, by halting spam and malware hosting, and a sites’ integrity, by halting false...
Slams & Spam: The Dirty Online World of the Olympics [Infographic]

Slams & Spam: The Dirty Online World of the Olympics [Infographic]

For most, the Olympics are a mesmerizing and thrilling international event. And in the Digital Age, fans take to the web to follow the Games and share their excitement. Unfortunately, online trolls and spammers consider this a gold-medal opportunity to target fans, inundating them with junk and posting inflammatory comments to get a reaction. Here,...