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Startup uses database tech from the NSA and Facebook to detect fraudsters


A San Mateo, California, startup called Argyle Data released its flagship anti-fraud software on Thursday, claiming it’s built from the same technologies that let organizations such as Facebook and the National Security Agency analyze their many petabytes of data.

The product, called ArgyleDB, uses the open source Accumulo database technology developed by the NSA to perform deep-packet inspection and create massive databases from that data. Argyle uses Facebook’s open source Presto technology to let users analyze that data using SQL queries and automate future queries against live data. Both technologies are designed to store and analyze data that’s stored in Hadoop, the popular open-source big data platform.

Like nearly every security or fraud-detection company that has launched in recent history, Argyle also uses machine learning algorithms to detect fraud patterns across datasets much too large for humans to make sense of themselves.

But the use of Accumulo and Presto is the…

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