Twitter whistleblower to testify before Senate

1. Senate calls for Twitter whistleblower

Twitter whistleblower Peiter Zatko will testify about his former employer against the US Senate on September 13. This is written by The Washington Post. Zatko worked as Twitter’s chief security officer until 2020 and last month warned the Senate that Twitter had security problems. For example, employees have access to systems and information, while there is a lack of proper supervision. Furthermore, vulnerabilities in the system would not be discussed within the company.

The Senate decides to invite Zatko because his allegations are “troubling”. “If these allegations are true, there are significant security risks for Twitter users worldwide,” said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Richard J. Durbin. Twitter itself believes that Zatko’s statements are full of “inconsistencies and inaccuracies.”

2. Pallet maker Ahrma in the bottle

Ahrma Group, the Deventer manufacturer of ultra-modern pallets, was declared bankrupt by a judge on Wednesday. This appears from a note on The company provided pallets that companies can track in real time thanks to chips. The sensors also monitor temperature, weight and shock.

Erik de Bokx’s company raised 5 million euros in 2017 from the German chemical group Basf. In 2020, Ahrma Rotterdam took over maritime group Royal Dirkzwager. Both Ahrma and De Bokx could not be reached for comment Thursday.

3.2 million to a group of technology companies

Matrixian Group, a group of data and technology companies, has received an investment of 2 million euros from Pride Capital Partners. The concerns under the Matrix wings are engaged in analyzing large amounts of location data. For example, they are able to map out what potentially lucrative real estate investments are and how companies can increase their customer reach. Large companies such as PostNL and Coolblue are customers. The growth money will give the Matrixian Group the opportunity to grow further and enable new acquisitions.

Matrixian Group has been able to acquire Drimble and Layers businesses in the past two years. Drimble is a so-called news aggregation website and Layers is in it reinforced and Virtual reality. Matrixian Group was this year number 24 in the Saas 100 in MT/Sprout.

4. 760,000 euros for Aerial Precision

Manufacturer of 3D sensors for drones Aerial Precision receives 760,000 euros in growth funding from Belgian investment company LRM and its Limburg counterpart LIOF. In addition to modules for 3D sensors on drones, Aerial Precision also provides software to process and analyze the results of these modules. The product can be used with both commercial drones and agricultural vehicles. They can, for example, be used to determine which crops should be fertilized more or less.

The growth money will be used by Aerial Precision for ‘product portfolio expansion, software development, technology protection and commercial growth’. There are currently three people working at the startup, which expresses the desire to have eight people on the payroll by 2024.

5. Self-employed people almost never save for old age

No less than 94 percent of all self-employed people do not put money into a pension fund. This is according to a study carried out by De Nederlandse Bank (DNB). Only 13 percent of all workers with a contract do not save for retirement. In the whole of the Netherlands, there are 1.7 million people who do not build up a pension.

If the self-employed already build a penis, it is almost exclusively in sectors where this is mandatory. In most sectors, barely 2 to 4 percent of the self-employed save until old age. Also in other ways – via annuities or wealth building – this group does not normally save for retirement. The figures relate to the situation in 2020, but it seems that this hardly differs from 2016. DNB is therefore concerned about economic inequality in the Netherlands.

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6. And then this: 100 million stolen via NFTs in one year

Fraudsters have stolen as much as $100 million through NFTs between July 2021 and July 2022 non-fungible tokens. This is according to a report published on Wednesday by cryptoanalyst Elliptic. NFTs are online items, such as a tweet or video, owned by the NFT holder. He pays for this in cryptocurrency. The most expensive NFT stolen last year had a value of 490,000 euros. The most expensive stolen NFT ever cost 2.1 million euros.

Criminals often steal NFTs through phishing. NFT owners hereby accidentally hand over the codes for theirs wallet, which is the online wallet where their NFT-backed securities reside. There are also criminals who create a malicious NFT full of hacker software. Then they make them popular. As soon as someone buys NFT, it ends up in the wallet. Once in the wallet, the software ensures that the contents end up in the hands of the criminals.

What we also read:

  • Mini investment for Amsterdam soft drink brand fighting poverty (Silicon Canals)
  • No more alcohol thanks to – yes – magic mushrooms? Is it possible! (New Scientist)
  • Amsterdam is proving to be a popular city for tech talent (Business Insider)

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