Spotting Bugs in a Searchable Code Database

A stealthy developer of a software analytics engine designed for scanning code to spot security holes and programming glitches surfaced this week with a pair of investors and a strategy for making code searchable in a database. Aside from solving real-world problems, the approach also helped NASA land a rover on Mars in 2012.

Semmle, which has been working in the background with security teams at Google (NASDAQ: MSFT) and Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) along with NASA, emerged from stealth mode on Tuesday (Aug. 21) with the disclosure of a $21 million funding round led by Accel Partners and Work-Bench, an enterprise technology venture fund. The San Francisco-based startup said the Series B round brings its venture funding total to $31 million.

Author: George Leopold

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