UK-based e-commerce digital payment solutions firm Secure Trading announced the appointment of Mustafa Al Bassam, former hactivist for the group LulzSec, as a security advisor on technology and services, according to Finextra. Mufasta will be working on the company’s blockchain research project “Trustery,” which wants to improve visibility and security of online payments through the use of blockchain technology.
“The financial services industry has traditionally been a few years behind the curve when it comes to security practices,” said Mustafa. “Secure Trading is trying to get ahead with blockchain technology and create modern, secure and fit for purpose services for its customers.”
Mustafa joined LulzSec at age 16, where he worked under the alias tFlow. Since then, he’s become a well-renowned security expert and specializes in the financial services sector. He was approached by Kobus Paulsen, chairman of Secure Trading.
“There are very few experts in blockchain technology, and we’re very lucky to have Mustafa on board,” said Kobus. “By developing this project we hope to use his skills and create technology to help make the world of ecommerce safer for thousands of customers.”
Mustafa will work part-time with Secure Trading’s senior management team while he continues his studies at King’s College London. He is pursuing a degree in computer science.
Photograph © Andrew Dunn, 17 August 2005.