Cybersecurity Firm FireEye Says One of Its Researchers in Israel Had Account Hacked

TechNation | EU envoy to Israel pledges support for ultra-Orthodox, Arab involvement in high tech ■ Maniv Mobility raises $40 million, invests in automotive startups

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Illustration: A man types on a computer keyboard in front of the displayed cyber code. March, 2017.
Illustration: Hackers at work.Credit: Reuters
Eliran Rubin

Cybersecurity firm FireEye says one of its researchers in Israel had account hacked

Cybersecurity firm FireEye said on Monday that one of its researchers based in Israel had several of his online accounts hacked by unknown attackers, but the firm added the breach did not appear to involve any company systems. Shares of FireEye fell 4.2% in early trading on the Nasdaq Monday. The company is due to report second-quarter results on Tuesday.

Hackers published a zip file containing roughly 370 megabytes of compromised personal and professional files tied to the cybersecurity researcher working for Mandiant, the company’s cyber forensic consulting unit, which FireEye acquired in 2013.

The hackers also appeared to have gained access to the researcher’s LinkedIn account and defaced his profile page with various juvenile profanities, according to a screen shot republished on Twitter. (Reuters)

EU envoy to Israel pledges support for ultra-Orthodox, Arab involvement in high tech

On a visit to the high-tech center in Nazareth, the European Union ambassador to Israel, Lars Faaborg-Andersen, said the EU supports the peace process in all of its aspects, including contacts between Israel’s ultra-Orthodox and Arab populations, particularly in the high-tech sector. The European Union will therefore find ways to support such cooperative efforts, the ambassador said, although no details were provided regarding possible beneficiaries of such support.

Faaborg-Andersen toured the high-tech industrial park that Iscar Blades founder Stef Wertheimer established in the Arab city in northern Israel. The park has over 40 high-tech companies and startups that employ around 1,000 programmers, including about 250 women.

During his visit, the EU ambassador met with representatives of KamaTech, a program whose purpose is to bring ultra-Orthodox Jews into high-tech; and from Tsofen, which works to recruit Arab university graduates into tech firms and to attract tech companies to Arab communities in Israel. (Eliran Rubin)

Maniv Mobility raises $40 million, invests in automotive startups

In another indication of significant growth of the automotive technology field in the country’s, Israel’s Maniv Mobility announced last week that it raised more than $40 million, twice the funding target, for its first venture capital fund to focus on early-stage funding for transportation technology companies.

Maniv said it has invested in 15 mobility technology firms, most of them still startups. Partners in the Maniv Mobility fund include the Israel-based OurCrowd; InMotion Ventures, a subsidiary of Jaguar Land Rover and French automotive supply firm Valeo.

“Over the last several years, and especially since Intel announced the acquisition of Mobileye for over $15 billion in March, the global automotive industry has increasingly been looking to Israel for the technology building-blocks that will be the center of its future value chain,” Maniv Mobility said in a statement. Jerusalem-based Mobileye develops collision-avoidance and self-driving vehicle technology. (Eliran Rubin)