In fairy tales, it’s usually the princess that needs protecting. At Google’s headquarters in Silicon Valley, the princess is the one defending the castle.

Check out: The cyber warrior ‘princess’ who guards Google






  • enchant – fill (someone) with great delight; charm
  • moniker – a name
  • surveillance – close observation, especially of a suspected spy or criminal.
  • glitch – a sudden, usually temporary malfunction or fault of equipment
  • intercept – obstruct (someone or something) so as to prevent them from continuing to a destination
  • tongue in cheek – speaking or writing in an ironic or insincere way.
  • whizz – a person who is extremely clever at something
  • vending machine


Think about it

Answer the questions below.

  • What does Google Security Princess do?
  • How did Parisa obtain her job title?
  • According to Parisa, what could put Google out of business?
  • What kind of incidents are particularly scary, according to Parisa?
  • Why is there no good answer to the vending machine problem?


Practice makes perfect

Fill in the blank spaces with the missing words.

Cybercrime ________ come a long way in the past decade — from the cliched Nigerian Prince Scam to credit card theft, and suspected government surveillance ________ emails.

Tabriz’s biggest concern now is the people ________ find bugs in Google’s software, and sell the information to governments or criminals.

To combat this, the company ________ set up a Vulnerability Rewards Program, paying anywhere from $100 to $20,000 ________ reported glitches.

“What we ________ seen in the last couple of years is what we suspect to be governments trying to intercept communications,” said Tabriz. “In one case, there were Iranian-region Gmail users ________ connection was being intercepted.”

“These incidents are especially scary since they seem to be carried ________ by large, well-funded organizations or governments,” she added.


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