When former government contractor Edward Snowden revealed that the NSA was conducting digital surveillance on a massive scale, many feared for the future of cloud computing. The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation estimated that Snowden’s revelations could cost U.S. cloud companies $22 billion to $35 billion in foreign business over the next three years, and countless pundits predicted that American businesses would flee the cloud as well.
A gaping hole in Amazon.com’s mobile application, now fixed, allowed hackers to have an unlimited number of attempts guessing a person’s password, according to security vendor FireEye.
If users enter their password incorrectly 10 times on the Amazon.com website, the company requires them to solve the squiggle of characters known as a CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart). The CAPTCHA is intended to thwart automated programs that will rapidly try different passwords.
The more data you put in a cloud, the harder it is to migrate away. And so Amazon's new "Kinesis" data ingester is a neat piece of technology, and at the same time a canny way to turn Amazon Web Services into the Hotel California of the cloud.
Kinesis was announced by the web bazaar's chief technology officer Werner Vogels in a speech at the company's re:Invent conference today. It's essentially Amazon's attempt to fire up a commercial variant of open-source data processing and messaging engines Storm, Spark Streaming, and Kafka.
Amazon has posted an image to their Facebook page as pointed out by our forum member Lone Wanderer Chicken, showing one of their warehouses where a huge stockpile of PlayStation 4 consoles has arrived and is ready to ship to customers.
Gamers who pre-ordered the PS4 from Amazon will be delighted to see that that the online retailer is already stocked up and ready for launch day shipments of the eagerly awaited device.
A university professor in Austria has released the video below, showing how he has automated a low-tech approach to bypassing the digital rights management system on the Kindle.
His name is Peter Purgathofer, and he’s an associate professor at the Vienna University of Technology.