June 2021 | Issue 8

Welcome from The @ Company!

June 29, 2021

If you’ve been paying attention to the news, you’ve probably heard of end-to-end encryption (E2EEE). As private app Parler was unexpectedly taken down, end-to-end encrypted services like WhatsApp, Google, and Signal rose in popularity this past year. So what is end-to-end encryption, really, and why does it matter?


What’s the Big Deal About End-to-End Encryption (E2EE)? 

Diagram explaining end-to-end encryption using @barbara and @colin

End-to-end encryption, also called E2EE, is a secure communication method where only the people sending and receiving a message or file can view its contents. This keeps the data from being seen by anybody else, including those who manage the service being used.

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[VIDEO] Google Messages Now has End-to-End Encryption on Android
Google is at last making the transition towards more secure communication by implementing end-to-end encryption for the default messaging app on Android. This is available in one-on-one conversations between people using Messages.

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Interview with a LockBit Ransomware Operator
Cisco Talos had the rare opportunity to speak with a self-proclaimed LockBit ransomware operator, nicknamed Aleks. In this fascinating 9-page interview, Aleks discusses the motivations that led him to unethical (and often criminal) work, and provides insight into the inner workings of ransomware groups.

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Alice & Bob | History’s Most Famous Cryptocouple
We weren’t the first ones to introduce @alice and @bob to the world. Alice and Bob have been the poster children of cryptography since February 1978. Other characters of note include eavesdropping Eve, malicious Mallory, and trustworthy Trent.


Hi Mom, we’re famous! 

  • Want to build tech solutions that improve the patient-clinician experience? We’ve partnered with MayJuun to host a 3-day hackathon, FHIR @hacks 2021, from July 9-11Register now.
  • We welcomed 13 new interns to the company this month!
  • On June 11 we turned 2 years old! Here is photo evidence:
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