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Equity Monday: Paytm’s rocky debut gets rockier

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. Happy Monday everyone, and welcome to a holiday week here in t

Facebook to delay full E2EE rollout until ‘sometime in 2023’

The company formerly known as Facebook is delaying a rollout of end-to-end encryption across all its services until “sometime in 2023”, according to Meta’s global head of safety, Ant

Mixnet maker Nym tops up with $13M led by a16z’s crypto fund

Switzerland-based privacy tech startup Nym Technologies, which is trying to commercialize an old idea for privacy-centric infrastructure (mixnets) by combining it with buzzy crypto incentives, has clo

UK names five projects to get funding for CSAM detection

The U.K. government has named five projects that have scored public funding under a “tech safety” challenge announced in September — when the Home Office said it wanted to encourage

US says Iran-backed hackers are now targeting organizations with ransomware

The U.S. government, along with counterparts in Australia and the U.K., have warned that Iranian state-backed hackers are targeting U.S. organizations in critical infrastructure sectors — in some ca

BlackMatter ransomware gang says it’s shutting down over law enforcement pressure

The BlackMatter ransomware operation, which came to prominence earlier this year following the demise of the DarkSide ransomware gang, is allegedly shutting down due to “pressure from the authoritie

Australian startup QuintessenceLabs grabs $25M to scale quantum-safe cybersecurity solutions

As computing power increases exponentially, the ability to secure our data against brute force and other types of attacks gets more complicated, with the scale and sophistication of cyberattacks conti

Facebook whistleblower, Frances Haugen, raises trust and security questions over its e2e encryption

Frances Haugen, one of (now) multiple Facebook whistleblowers who have come forward in recent years with damning testimony related to product safety, gave testimony in front of the UK parliament today

A coding bug helped researchers build a secret BlackMatter ransomware decryption tool

New Zealand-based cybersecurity company Emsisoft has been quietly helping BlackMatter ransomware victims recover encrypted files, preventing “tens of millions of dollars” in ransom payments and p

Ethereum: The great handshake

Ethereum and the emergence of Web 3.0 paint a shifting picture -- an internet not just private, but open and transparent by default.

Watch Edward Snowden launch Global Encryption Day, live today

Marginalized communities, survivors of abuse, politicians, law enforcement — they all use encrypted communications to keep their information safe. But the encryption of the kinds of services you

US government bans sale of hacking tools to China and Russia

The U.S. Department of Commerce has announced that it will ban the export of hacking tools to authoritarian governments in an effort to curb violations of human rights and other malicious cyber activi

WhatsApp now lets users encrypt their chat backups in the cloud

WhatsApp is beginning to roll out a new feature that will provide its two billion users the option to encrypt their chat history backup in iCloud or Google Drive, patching a major loophole that has be

Evolution Equity Partners closes on $400M for new cybersecurity fund

The current environment of accelerated digitalization and remote work “has created an unprecedented attack surface,” according to co-founder Richard Seewald.

Duality nabs $30M for its privacy-focused data collaboration tools, built using homomorphic encryption

Duality, a startup founded by groundbreaking cryptographers and data scientists that is building tools to make it easier for companies to share data and collaborate with each other without compromisin

Brave’s non-tracking, browser-based video conferencing tool is out of beta

Brave, the startup behind the eponymous non-tracking browser, has launched a non-tracking video conferencing add-on out of beta — letting all users make and receive video calls straight from the

Ireland probes TikTok’s handling of kids’ data and transfers to China

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) has yet another Big Tech GDPR probe to add to its pile: The regulator said yesterday it has opened two investigations into video sharing platform TikT

What China’s new data privacy law means for US tech firms

Modeled after the EU's GDPR, China's PIPL imposes protections and restrictions on data collection and transfer that companies both inside and outside of China will need to address.

UK offers cash for CSAM detection tech targeted at E2E encryption

The U.K. government is preparing to spend over half a million dollars to encourage the development of detection technologies for child sexual exploitation material (CSAM) that can be bolted on to end-

ProtonMail logged IP address of French activist after order by Swiss authorities

ProtonMail, a hosted email service with a focus on end-to-end encrypted communications, has been facing criticism after a police report showed that French authorities managed to obtain the IP address
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