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Anatomy of a Hack: How the NY Times Was Hit

Anatomy of a Hack: How the NY Times Was Hit

Impermium CEO Mark Risher appeared on Bloomberg West today discussing how a group alleging itself to be the Syrian Electronic Army was able to take down the New York Times web site yesterday. When users type a web site name—such as “http://nytimes.com”—into their web browsers, these names are mapped to the IP addresse (e.g. 170.149.168.130) which...
How Do You Protect Users Who Hesitate To Protect Themselves?

How Do You Protect Users Who Hesitate To Protect Themselves?

Three years ago, we started Impermium because we saw a gap in the protection provided to users of online services. As more and more people rely increasingly on the web for communication and commerce, this gap has only grown. The bad guys are getting smarter and, as recent incidents have shown, users are more vulnerable...
Recruiting at Impermium: 5 Keys to Building a Great Team

Recruiting at Impermium: 5 Keys to Building a Great Team

The best idea in the world will flounder without the right team behind it. And now, more than ever, getting a great team together is challenging. With all the competition out there, how can you get the best people on board? At Impermium, we have learned through trial and error. We’ve made our share of...
Talking Online Security for Startups at SF New Tech

Talking Online Security for Startups at SF New Tech

Last night, we were excited to participate in a panel on online security hosted by SF New Tech. Along with Impermium CEO Mark Risher, the panel included Joe Sullivan (Chief Security Officer, Facebook), Michael Coates (Director of Security Assurance, Mozilla), Deron McElroy (Department of Homeland Security) and was moderated by Dan Goodin of Ars Technica....
Crime Fighters Wanted: A Peek Inside Impermium

Crime Fighters Wanted: A Peek Inside Impermium

Who would guess that tucked away on the second floor of what appears to be an ordinary office building near downtown Redwood City is a dedicated team of web lovin’, crime fightin’ defenders of the internet? Each morning they make their way by freeway, train or bike to fulfill their mission of battling the rising...
My First 30 Days at Impermium: Insights from Candace

My First 30 Days at Impermium: Insights from Candace

Just over a month ago, I joined the Impermium team as the Business Operations Manager. Coming from Washington DC, it is a big change, and many people have asked about my new role and what it’s like to work at a fast-paced tech startup in Silicon Valley. It’s engaging and fun, and every day I...
Who's Accountable for Illegal Online Content?

Who’s Accountable for Illegal Online Content?

There’s a category of malicious and illegal activities happening every day on the Internet, yet unclear regulations and technical limitations leave site owners in a grey area regarding liability. In The Loophole, a panel of experts will take part in a heated debate surrounding these issues, covering what content is covered, who is responsible, where...
Program Management at Impermium: An Unexpected Journey

Program Management at Impermium: An Unexpected Journey

Last week, I talked about some of the challenges I’ve seen while trying to mold teams to fit rigid, defined processes that supposedly work for everyone. Here, I’d like to talk about how we’ve evolved our process to fit the individual team at Impermium. Getting to this point was difficult for me. I had to...
Stop Social Spam Webinar: Emerging Online Threats & How to Prevent Them

Stop Social Spam Webinar: Emerging Online Threats & How to Prevent Them

Last week, Impermium partnered with TeleSign to present our first webinar, Stop Social Spam. During the discussion, Impermium CEO, Mark Risher and TeleSign VP, Forrest Hobbs gave their expertise surrounding internet security threats, particularly the dangers of social spam and online fraud. As discussed more thoroughly in our white paper, Stop Social Spam and Fraud...
Prevent Social Spam and Fraud From Sabotaging Your Brand

Prevent Social Spam and Fraud From Sabotaging Your Brand

Social spam continues to proliferate social networks and media sites, exposing users to malicious and dangerous content, but many people foolishly don’t believe it’s a big problem.  The truth is, social spam is hugely problematic – and becoming even more so. It’s not just an issue for website users, but also for online companies, who experience...
Locking the Front Door

Locking the Front Door

The mass creation of bogus accounts on social media sites is a serious problem. Even with millions of dollars being spent on our site-integrity systems and hundreds of full-time employees dedicated to preventing social spam, keeping fraudsters and spammers at bay is a massive challenge for even the largest networks. Facebook estimates that 8.7 percent of...