Digital security company
The Los Angeles-based company gained media attention several years ago for its research into “bluesnarfing,” the process of hacking into a Bluetooth connection to gain access to data stored on a mobile phone. The company, as part of its research, built a “BlueSniper,” a gun-looking antenna capable of picking up Bluetooth connections over a mile away.
Run by CEO John Herring, 25, the company was bootstrapped using revenue from an online roll-playing game it created called AnnihilationX, consulting contracts and even a short-run online television series called “From the Shadows,” which featured hacker tips and tricks. Herring declined to comment for this story. —Alexander Haislip