Fintech

Researchers find open Microsoft database with 250 million support records

Configuration mistakes by staff can be a huge embarrassment to organizations, defeating even the biggest IT security budget. Often these mistakes result in databases of sensitive information being left open on the internet for a lucky hacker to trip over. The latest publicly-identified victim is Mi ...

Welcoming Max Webster to the Version One team

In August 2018, we set out to add a third member to our team. A year and a half later, we are thrilled to welcome Max Webster as Version One’s new associate. It was A LONG journey. We received, reviewed and responded to almost 500 applications over this period of time. We were looking for someon ...

How to stop ‘conversation hijacking’ from hijacking your firm

Man-in-the-middle attacks, as the name suggests, involve techniques where attackers in some way insert themselves in the middle of a transaction or communication for advantage. One of the most recent publicly-reported examples was the diversion last year by criminals of $1 million that was supposed ...

Oracle issues patches for 333 vulnerabilities

Oracle’s quarterly Critical Patch Updates to be released today include fixes for 333 security vulnerabilities. The company said in a pre-release announcement that some of the vulnerabilities affect multiple products. “Due to the threat posed by a successful attack, Oracle strongly recommends th ...

Warning: Ransomware may be copying all credentials on victims’ networks

It’s bad enough that infosec pros have to worry about ransomware scrambling or stealing data — or both. But a recent report argues organizations need to pay more attention to another capability: Ransomware that harvests credentials across the network, allowing an attacker to penetrate the enter ...

Recapping Q4 2019

Happy New Year! Here at Version One, we are very excited for 2020, but before we kick off a new year, we want to recap some of the highlights from last quarter. Q4 2019 was a busy quarter for us, and here’s some select news on the Version One family.  Let’s ride the momentum into 2020! Fundrai ...

AnalytixInsight should have a big 2020, this investor says

There’s more upside to come for fintech microcap AnalytixInsight (AnalytixInsight Stock Quote, Chart, News TSXV:ALY), says fund manager Robert McWhirter, who thinks 2020 will be a major leap for the AI and financial analysis firm. For more than a year, ALY was trading in a pretty narrow range bef ...

Square is a stock to avoid, this investor says

The fintech sector may have had a great year but payments company Square (Square Stock Quote, Chart, News NYSE:SQ) should be avoided, says investment manager Gordon Reid, who thinks that even with its modest gains in 2019, Square is still overpriced. The payments processing space saw nice gains thi ...

Our top posts of 2019

Another year, another 50 blog posts. We’ve now reached four straight years of publishing at least once a week. For those of you who have been reading our blog over the years, you know that we traditionally share a year-end summary post, recapping all the highlights for the fund and firm. But we r ...

Ransomware gang behind Maze adds threat of publicizing victim info to list of capabilities

Deciding not to pay a ransomware demand is a tough choice for many organizations victimized by the malware, but now they’re faced with another challenge: Being publicly named by criminals. According to security reporter Brian Krebs, the gang behind the Maze ransomware has opened a website on the ...