Google Hires Israeli Cyber-Warriors

Monday, February 17, 2014 |  Israel Today Staff

Israeli startup SlickLogin announced on Sunday that it had been acquired by search giant Google in what is known as an “acquhire,” meaning the SlickLogin team will be fully absorbed into Google.

SlickLogin has developed a revolutionary patent-pending log-in technology that enables users to enter a simple password into a mobile phone, which then emits an ultrasonic signal to a nearby computer.

The system keeps logging in to services like Google’s Gmail (or sensitive services like bank accounts) as simple as possible, while providing what the company calls “military-grade” security.

SlickLogin’s three-man staff are all veterans of the Israeli army’s “cyber-security” unit, which in recent years has been at the forefront of defending the Jewish state from increasing efforts by foreign hackers to bring down its vital computer systems.

Google has gotten into something of a habit of acquiring Israeli startups, as have many international tech giants. In 2013, Google bought the Israeli-made social GPS app Waze for just shy of $1 billion.

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