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Google Acquires Israeli Security Startup SlickLogin 55

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Fnord666 writes "SlickLogin, an Israeli startup and developer of smart identification technology through user smartphones has been acquired by Google for several million (the official transaction amount remains undisclosed). SlickLogin was founded under a year ago by Or Zelig, Eran Galili and Ori Kabeli. The company first unveiled its technology at TechCrunch Disrupt held last September. The company has yet to launch their product."
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Google Acquires Israeli Security Startup SlickLogin

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  • I look forward to the comments about how this could be exploited ... very interesting idea, though.
    • Re:Interesting (Score:4, Informative)

      by icebike (68054) on Sunday February 16, 2014 @09:01PM (#46263333)

      Seems mostly aimed at Two Factor Authentication, not dissimilar to the way Google Authenticator [google.com] works without having to type anything into your phone.

      Currently Google's 2FA uses you phone as a synced clock displaying numbers which you have to key in to your
      computer to log in.

      These guys revers that and you computer sends a QR code or a sound that your Cellphone authenticates and sends
      a response back through the network, via a separate path (tcp connection or sms message).

      Its pretty clever, as long as its paired with something else only you would know. It has the same problems
      that Google's current two factor has, namely that it is game over if someone steals your phone.

      I suspect they bought them more for the patents than anything else.

      • by bondsbw (888959)

        It has the same problems that Google's current two factor has, namely that it is game over if someone steals your phone.

        Not really, Google Authenticator allows you to switch to another phone or disable it so that codes from the old phone don't work. I assume the same would apply to SlickLogin.

        • by swillden (191260)

          It has the same problems that Google's current two factor has, namely that it is game over if someone steals your phone.

          Not really, Google Authenticator allows you to switch to another phone or disable it so that codes from the old phone don't work. I assume the same would apply to SlickLogin.

          In addition, if your phone is encrypted (and therefore password-protected), the thief is going to find it nearly impossible to get to the code even before you disable it.

  • The Big, Bad Wolf (Score:3, Informative)

    by dotslashit (3539763) on Sunday February 16, 2014 @08:08PM (#46263079)
    "Goodness, what big eyes you have!" "The better to see you with, my dear." SlickLogin's technology uses a combination of protocols to start the authentication process. WiFi, Bluetooth, or QR codes – to name a few – are used to verify that, yes, a user's smartphone is located somewhat near one's active desktop or laptop computer. Use this and Google will be able to identify and tie your id with both your computer and your smartphone ... It's all about whoring the online you to their advertisers.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Use this and Google will be able to identify and tie your id with both your computer and your smartphone ... It's all about whoring the online you to their advertisers.

      That's all I need to know to make sure I never ever use this or anything like it.

      I have had quite enough of being spied on. I very much doubt I am alone in having that
      opinion.

      Thanks for your insight.

    • Re:The Big, Bad Wolf (Score:5, Informative)

      by icebike (68054) on Sunday February 16, 2014 @09:06PM (#46263353)

      Use this and Google will be able to identify and tie your id with both your computer and your smartphone .

      Yeah, well, Two Factor Authentication already used by Google already KNOWS the computer you are using, and the PHONE you are
      using.

      This adds no more information than you've already given them for Two Factor Authentication.

      • by swillden (191260)

        Use this and Google will be able to identify and tie your id with both your computer and your smartphone .

        Yeah, well, Two Factor Authentication already used by Google already KNOWS the computer you are using, and the PHONE you are using.

        This adds no more information than you've already given them for Two Factor Authentication.

        Or, for that matter, by just logging into Google on both your phone and your computer.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 16, 2014 @08:48PM (#46263271)

    Why every time one of the big "monsters" of technology acquires a start-up is it from Israel?
    Are the big technology players of the world biased?
    Why we never read about Google buying a start-up from Egypt or Apple buying a start-up from Lebanon or Facebook buying some Jordanian start-up?

    Are the Israelis the only people interested in technology in the middle-east? Is that a demographic matter?

    Where are the contributions of the other middle-east countries in the areas of reearch and technology?

    • Re: (Score:1, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Where are the contributions of the other middle-east countries in the areas of reearch and technology?

      Most of the contributions were blown up by Islamic fundamentalists long ago. But don't fret, many middle-eastern countries remain on the forefront of IED technology.

    • by icebike (68054)

      What are you talking about?
      The last purchase Google made was from Britain.
      Before that was Nest, a Palo Alto CA company.

      This page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L... [wikipedia.org] lists all the major acquisitions Google has made.

      I only count 4 on the list from Israel. They buy where you find the tech that you need, and which has a body of law that allows you to acquire it cleanly with no future arguments.

      I suspect you are really asking why some countries never produce much of technical value/interest to Google, rather than

      • by dskoll (99328)

        The OP mentioned Middle Eastern countries. I didn't know that the UK and California were in the Middle East.

        • by icebike (68054)

          The OP said

          Why every time one of the big "monsters" of technology acquires a start-up is it from Israel?

          I answered that question.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by dskoll (99328)

      People in most other countries in the Middle East tend to be too preoccupied with killing one another (only occasionally remembering to surface to denounce the "Zionist Entity") So they don't have time for frivolous things like, you know, progress or betterment of humanity.

    • Israel has virtually no natural resources to exploit. So they had to build their economy on other things.

      From Wikipedia-

      Science and technology in Israel is one of the country's most highly developed and industrialized sectors. The percentage of Israelis engaged in scientific and technological inquiry, and the amount spent on research and development (R&D) in relation to gross domestic product (GDP), is amongst the highest in the world.[72] Israel ranks fourth in the world in scientific activity, as mea

    • Are the Israelis the only people interested in technology in the middle-east?

      Not necessarliy big in tech, but Israel _are_ big in security.

  • When will you filthy goyim realize that it is us chosen who will dominate in the tech sector? We will always out compete you. Whenever a business is sold, or a deal goes down that is over a $1 million, you can be sure that we have our hands involved in the affair.

    Why do you goyim even bother trying? You'll never make it. Just give up. G-d is only on our side.

    We even run Dice.

  • Notwithstanding all these racist anti-Jew/Arab remarks (remember, both Jews and Arabs, as well as Palestinains and other desert-dwelling races--please look up 'semite' in an etymology book--are semites), Israel must be boycotted. The land was Palestine pre-1949, until it was taken from Palestinians at gun and bomb point. Noam Chomsky has an excellent book on this called 'Fateful Triangle: The United States, Israel and the Palestinians'. Amnesty International has a long list of Israeli state-backed brutalit
  • Google has recently Acquired SlickLogin [technogala.com]in order to strengthen the information security systems. Google in association with SlickLogin have decided to make the world of internet more secured and safe. It will replace the typed passwords with sounds. Although the commercial project has not been launched, yet Google is still in the process of doing it as soon as the project is ready. Google has a first mover advantage with respect to verification process. Google had introduced the two step process for verific

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