Duncan Riley

Duncan Riley

Duncan Riley is a senior writer at SiliconANGLE covering Startups, Bitcoin, and the Internet of Things.

Duncan is a co-founder of VC funded media company B5Media and founder of news site The Inquisitr, and was a senior writer at TechCrunch in its earlier days.

Tips? Press releases? Intersting startup? email: duncan@nichenet.com.au or contact Duncan on Twitter @duncanriley

Latest from Duncan Riley

Google parent Alphabet grounds Titan Internet drone division

Google Inc.’s parent company Alphabet Inc. has continued the purge of its X moonshots division by closing its Titan drone division and related Project Skybender that were intended to provide Internet access to remote areas. First reported by 9to5Google, the closure resulted in members of the Titan team getting reassigned to other projects. The Titan drone […]

27,000 MongoDB database installations hijacked, held for ransom

Some 27,000 MongoDB database installations have been compromised and hijacked in a widespread ransomware attack, according to security researchers. The attack, which started on New Year’s Day, initially saw 200 MongoDB installs compromised until growing to 2,000 by the Tuesday and then 10,500 by last Friday, until finally hitting 27,000 (and still growing) as of […]

Coming of age, blockchain technology will power $11B in credit derivatives trades

The blockchain has finally hit the mainstream. Depository Trust and Clearing Corp., which has been called the central bookkeeper for Wall Street’s securities trades, announced Monday that it will use the technology that powers bitcoin to handle payments and record-keeping for credit default swaps. DTCC has selected IBM Corp., in partnership with blockchain startups Axoni Communications Inc. and […]

Goodbye security: Hello Kitty hack confirmed as database published online

A database from Sanrio Co. Ltd., the company behind Hello Kitty, has been published online for the first time, proving once and for all that the company was hacked. News of the hacking emerged in December 2015, when a copy of the database was alleged to have been found on the dark web by security researcher Chris Vickery. […]

Security automation startup Phantom raises $13.5M Series B round

Palo Alto, California-based startup Phantom Cyber Corp. said Tuesday it has raised $13.5 million to push ahead with its community-powered security automation and orchestration platform. The Series B funding was led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and included TechOperators Venture Capital, Blackstone, Foundation Capital, In-Q-Tel, Rein Capital, Zach Nelson and John W. Thompson. Founded in 2014, […]

Samsung shows off new car battery that offers 310 miles on 20-minute charge

Samsung Electronic Co. Ltd. wants a bigger slice of the car battery market, showing off its ambitions with new cutting-edge battery cell technology Tuesday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Produced by subsidiary Samsung SDI, the new battery is claimed to offer a driving range of up to 600 kilometers, or 373 […]

Cyber insurance premiums surge after a year of high-profile hacks

Increasing demands for cyber insurance thanks to the growing fear of cyber attacks is hiking the costs of premiums, at least according to one U.K. insurance underwriter. CFC Underwriting Ltd. claims that the knowledge of incidents such as the Yahoo Inc. hack along with other widely reported attacks has increased the demand for cyber-insurance. Some 40 […]

Bitcoin exchange operator pleads guilty to multiple charges in Coin.mx case

The operator of the now-disgraced bitcoin exchange Coin.mx has pleaded guilty in U.S. federal court to multiple charges in relation to running the service. Anthony Murgio, 33, of Tampa, Florida, was arrested in July 2015 on charges of breaching federal anti-money laundering laws and regulations, as well as on the allegation that he enabled criminal activity […]

Reports: Amazon has acquired data security startup Harvest.ai

Amazon Web Services has acquired San Diego-based data security startup Harvest.ai Inc., according to multiple reports published Monday. Although the deal wasn’t confirmed by either company, TechCrunch reported the cost of the acquisition was $19 million. Founded in 2014, Harvest.ai offers a platform that combines machine learning and artificial intelligence to enable organizations to identify and stop data breaches, […]

Report: Google parent Alphabet looking to sell satellite Internet business

Google Inc. parent company Alphabet Inc. may be scaling back its efforts to provide Internet access the world over, at least via satellites. A report Monday claimed the tech giant is attempting to offload Skybox, a satellite imaging company it acquired for $500 million in 2014. According to Bloomberg, Alphabet is close to announcing a deal […]