After the hacker attack on Uber, Revolut also reports an attack. Also: the antitrust authority is examining Amazon’s “Roomba” deal and what to do with the pent-up venture capital?
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Das Fintech-Startup Revolut According to its own statements, it was hit by a targeted cyber attack. Hackers managed to access the personal information of tens of thousands of customers. However, no funds are said to have been stolen. “We immediately identified and isolated the attack to effectively limit its impact and contacted the affected customers,” Revolut spokesman Michael Bodansky told US media Techcrunch. “Customers who did not receive the email are not affected.”
Revolut, which has a banking license in Lithuania, said 0.16 percent of customers were affected. The fintech did not want to publish exactly how many users this is. According to its website, the company has approximately 20 million customers. 0.16 percent would correspond to around 32,000 people. However, according to a disclosure of the breach to the authorities in Lithuania, over 50,000 customers were affected, including over 20,000 customers in the European Economic Area. [Mehr bei Techcrunch]
on Founder scene: As the founder of an innovative tech company, you not only have to constantly motivate employees, but also convince customers and investors. For introverts not always an easy task. Our editor Steffen Bosse spoke to three entrepreneurs who describe themselves as introverts to hear their experiences and tips. [Mehr bei Gründerszene+]
And here are the other headlines of the night:
Amazons deal with the “Roomba” manufacturer iRobot is being investigated by the US antitrust authorities. The Federal Trade Commission has officially requested documents from both companies explaining the rationale behind the proposed $1.7 billion deal. “Roomba” is a self-propelled vacuum cleaner. With the takeover, the online retailer would expand its dominance in the area of the connected home. [Mehr bei Wall Street Journal]
Jon Sakodafounder of early-stage venture firm Decibel Partners, has good news for startup founders. He believes start-ups can expect “a tidal wave” of venture capital in the coming year. Cash reserves have accumulated at the VC funds and it is likely that VCs will soon increase their investment pace again. According to Sakoda, investors in the US are said to be sitting on $290 billion, including $162 billion specifically reserved for new investments. [Mehr bei The Information]
Apple will increase prices in its app store in a number of countries starting next month. Apps and in-app purchases will become more expensive in all countries that use the euro as their currency, as well as in Poland, Sweden, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, South Korea, Vietnam and Chile. The US iPhone manufacturer justifies this with inflation and the weaker currencies yen and euro. [Mehr bei Handelsblatt]
Tesla-Chef Elon Musk will have to give an affidavit on September 26th and 27th. This is the latest development in the legal saga between Musk and the short message service Twitter. Twitter is trying to force Musk to keep the deal to buy the social media platform through a court case. The trial itself is scheduled for mid-October. The statements are made in advance. [Mehr bei Bloomberg]
Zhejiang Leapmotor Technologya Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer to its supporters Sequoia Capital China is planning an IPO in Hong Kong despite poor market conditions. The IPO is expected to raise up to $1.03 billion. Shares of other Hong Kong-listed Chinese electric car makers have underperformed the broader market this year. The share of Xpeng is down 68 percent so far, while Li Auto posted a minus of 22 percent. [Mehr bei The Information]
Our reading tip on the start-up scene: Anna McDougall loved her job as a singer. But she wanted a new challenge, learned to program and is now successful. [Mehr bei Gründerszene]
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