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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May 12, 2021

Confluent announces new private cloud building platform

Cloud
Data
Technology
Digital
2 min
Confluent launches its Kubernetes platform, providing developers a cloud-native data streaming experience within private cloud infrastructure

Confluent, a platform that sets data in motion, today announced Confluent for Kubernetes, the first platform purpose-built to bring cloud-native capabilities to data streams in private infrastructures.

Confluent for Kubernetes allows platform teams to bring much of the same cloud-native experience found within Confluent Cloud to their self-managed environments while enabling operations teams to retain control of their data and infrastructure. As a cloud-native solution, Confluent for Kubernetes helps achieve faster time-to-value and reduce operational burdens with a fully elastic and scalable cloud-native experience in private infrastructure.

“To compete in the digital realm, organisations need to quickly deliver personalised customer experiences and real-time operations, which are only possible with access to data from all environments and cloud-native advantages,” said Ganesh Srinivasan, Chief Product and Engineering Officer, Confluent.

“For organisations that need to operate on-premises, we’re bringing the benefits of cloud computing to their private infrastructure with Confluent for Kubernetes. Now, any company can build a private cloud service to move data across their business regardless of its environment.”

 

How can Confluent for Kubernetes help?

Organisations who are transitioning to the cloud or who need to keep workloads on-premises can use Confluent for Kubernetes’ cloud-native capabilities, including a declarative API to deploy and operate Confluent. According to the company, the platform also makes moving applications to the public cloud easier by ‘seamlessly migrating workloads to wherever your business needs them with the ability to connect and share data with Confluent Cloud’.

  • Enhanced reliability – As a cloud-native system, Confluent for Kubernetes detects if a process fails and will automatically restart processes or reschedule as necessary. Automated rack awareness spreads replicas of a partition across different racks, improving the availability of your brokers and limiting the risk of data loss.

  • Automated elasticity – Meet changing business demands with the ability to scale up using API-driven operations. The platform will automatically generate configurations, schedule and run new broker processes, and ensure data is balanced across brokers so that clusters can be efficiently utilised.

  • Simplified infrastructure management – Confluent for Kubernetes extends the Kubernetes API, enabling organisations to define the desired high-level state of clusters rather than manage all the low-level details. This infrastructure-as-code approach reduces the operational burden and achieves a faster time to value, while enhancing security with standards that can be easily and consistently deployed across an organisation.

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