Apr 23, 2021

Signal criticises Cellebrite over flaws in security software

Cloud
software
Sam Steers
2 min
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Cellebrite has received criticism from the mobile messaging app Signal who said it could be “easily hacked...

Signal has criticised the cybersecurity firm Cellebrite over the security of its software, saying that it could be “easily hacked.”

The encrypted messaging service said that it had discovered flaws in the technology, despite Cellebrite claiming that it had “cracked” Signal’s secure messaging last year.

The two organisations have reportedly been involved in a conflict ever since. 

Most recently, Signal’s Chief Executive Officer, Moxie Marlinspike, quipped that he had found Cellebrite’s system after “it fell off a truck” in front of him.  

He said: "By a truly unbelievable coincidence, I was recently out for a walk when I saw a small package fall off a truck ahead of me.

"Inside, we found the latest versions of the Cellebrite software, a hardware dongle designed to prevent piracy... and a bizarrely large number of cable adapters."

He also added that the software was “so flawed, he could easily hack into it.”

In response to Marlinspike’s claims, Cellebrite said in a statement: “We constantly strive to ensure that our products and software meet and exceed the highest standards in the industry so that all data produced with our tools is validated and forensically sound."

The feud began in December last year, causing Signal to publish a blog post on Twitter detailing the claimed issues with Cellebrite’s security. 

In the tweet above the post, Signal said: “Our latest blog post explores vulnerabilities and possible Apple copyright violations in Cellebrite's software.”

Cellebrite said in defense that it "understands that research is the cornerstone of ensuring this validation, making sure that lawfully obtained digital evidence is utilised to pursue justice".

Cellebrite concluded that it “will continue to integrate these standards” into not only their products, but their software and the Cellebrite team as a whole. 

Doing so aims to allow them to “deliver the most effective, secure and user-friendly tools” for their customers.

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Aug 2, 2021

Nozomi Networks secures US$100m investment

Technology
NozomiNetworks
cyber
investment
2 min
Nozomi Networks, an industry cybersecurity startup that aims to shield critical infrastructure from cyberattacks, has raised $100m in pre-IPO funding

Nozomi Networks, a San Francisco-based industrial cybersecurity startup, has raised US$100 million from its customers and technology partners to help build new products and expand sales.

The Series D funding round was led by Triangle Peak Partners, and also includes investment from a number of equipment, security, service provider and go-to-market companies including Honeywell Ventures, Keysight Technologies and Porsche Digital. 

“As we began the fund-raising process, many of the largest ecosystem partners in the world along with our customers recognised Nozomi Networks as the industry leader and requested the opportunity to invest in the company,” said Edgard Capdevielle, President and CEO of Nozomi Networks. “It’s the ultimate endorsement when not only a prestigious firm such as Triangle Peak Partners leads the investment, but customers and partners embrace Nozomi Networks and further validate our market leadership.”

 

How will Nozomi Networks use the investment? 


 

The company will use this latest investment to help scale product development efforts as well as its go-to-market approach globally. Specifically, Nozomi Networks will grow its sales, marketing and partner enablement efforts, and enhance its products to address new challenges in both the operational technology (OT) and internet of things (IoT) visibility and security markets. With ransomware and malware attacks on organisations and critical infrastructure at an all-time high, the need for Nozomi Networks solutions has never been greater.

“With the OT and IoT security market on the verge of explosive growth, Nozomi Networks has not only risen to the top but is strongly positioned to continue to outpace the market,” said Dain F. DeGroff, Co-founding Partner and President, Triangle Peak Partners.“The company’s consistently strong performance in combination with an impressive R&D model and its ability to scale quickly set itself apart. We’re excited to be a part of Nozomi Networks’ future.”

Digitalisation is changing and disrupting entire industries, and now more than ever, cybersecurity is playing a crucial role for all companies. With the constant rise of cyber threats facing asset owners around the world, including critical infrastructure, customers are looking for better and more efficient ways to protect operating environments and reduce cybersecurity risk, explained Que Dallara, President and CEO, Honeywell Connected Enterprise.

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