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  • Ransomware Attack on HR Giant Kronos Threatens Paychecks of Workers at Big Companies, Government Agencies

    12/15/2021 12:05:26 PM PST · by DFG · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/15/2021 | ALANA MASTRANGELO
    Kronos, a human resources giant, says it suffered a ransomware attack that may keep its systems offline for weeks and will likely impact how its customers issue paychecks and track hours worked. Many large employers are scrambling to set up temporary systems to keep workers paid, including writing paper checks for potentially thousands of employees. The companies affected by the Kronos ransomware hack are now working on finding backup plans to ensure their employees get paid, which includes issuing paper checks, according to a report by NPR. Many of Kronos’ customers include municipal governments, university systems and large corporations. Dozens...
  • Amazon's cloud outage left tens of thousands without Alexa, Roombas and Ring apps, with some users complaining they couldn't get back into their homes

    12/09/2021 5:29:19 AM PST · by fruser1 · 29 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 12/9/2021 | Gina Martinez
    Some Ring customers said that they spent time rebooting or reinstalling their apps and devices before finding out about the outage on social media. Many rely on a phone app to enter their homes, rather than a code that can also be used, with those that had forgotten the latter stuck outside their own homes as Ring doorbells went down. A source told that the cause of the outbreak was a power failure in Virginia and not a malicious hacking. The nearly eight-hour outage also disrupted the company's shipping operations on Tuesday, threatening to create lasting logjams during the...
  • Enabling China's Mass Surveillance System: How an American organization is helping tyranny

    08/22/2019 7:37:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 08/22/2019 | John Glynn
    In the 18th century, Jeremy Bentham, an English philosopher, jurist, and social reformer, introduced the idea of the Panopticon, a disciplinary concept brought to life in the form of a central observation tower placed within a circle of prison cells. Each cell is flooded with light, which creates an environment in which prisoners are under constant watch. Even if no guard is on duty, a prisoner will always feel as if they are being watched. Bentham described it as “[a] new mode of obtaining power of mind over mind.” The Panopticon is the optimal prison; it enables an unprecedented...
  • Microsoft: Russian-backed hackers targeting cloud services

    10/25/2021 8:15:48 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 12 replies ^ | 25 OCTOBER 2021 | Staff
    Microsoft says the same Russia-backed hackers responsible for the 2020 SolarWinds breach continue to attack the global technology supply chain and have been relentlessly targeting cloud service companies and others since summer. The group, which Microsoft calls Nobelium, has employed a new strategy to piggyback on the direct access that cloud service resellers have to their customers' IT systems, hoping to "more easily impersonate an organization's trusted technology partner to gain access to their downstream customers." Resellers act as intermediaries between software and hardware makers and product users. "Fortunately, we have discovered this campaign during its early stages, and we...
  • Much of the NSA’s most prized intelligence data may be moving to the cloud. (amazon, bezos)

    08/11/2021 10:10:41 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 31 replies
    Nextgov ^ | 8-10-21 | Frank Konkel
    The National Security Agency has awarded a secret cloud computing contract worth up to $10 billion to Amazon Web Services, Nextgov has learned. The contract is already being challenged. Tech giant Microsoft filed a bid protest on July 21 with the Government Accountability Office two weeks after being notified by the NSA that it had selected AWS for the contract. The contract’s code name is “WildandStormy,” according to protest filings, and it represents the second multibillion-dollar cloud contract the U.S. intelligence community—made up of 17 agencies, including the NSA—has awarded in the past year. In November, the CIA awarded its...
  • Dealing with security vulnerabilities on data center servers requires more skilled staff

    07/21/2021 9:16:16 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 16 replies
    helpnetsecurity ^ | 14 July 2021 | Staff
    There is a lot of attention being paid to continuously updating servers to patch security vulnerabilities on Linux servers running in data centers – a basic step underpinning technology infrastructure in every industry. Yet, staff resources to deal with maintaining servers are not sufficient to meet the workload, said 55% of respondents in a worldwide survey by CloudLinux. Dealing with insufficient staff resources with automationThe survey finds 76% are deploying automated patching procedures and that live patching to fix vulnerabilities is commonly used (47%) to avoid downtime that is normally associated with patching. This is not surprising given the volume...
  • Skynet Went Live June 8! Attn: Alexa Echo and Ring Owners [Amazon Sidewalk Network]

    06/11/2021 5:46:26 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 103 replies
    Bob Braxman Tech via YouTube ^ | June 10, 2021 | Bob Braxman Tech
    Video at link.
  • We Finally Know What's Going on With That Weird, Long, Recurring Cloud on Mars

    03/16/2021 9:29:27 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 28 replies ^ | 12 MARCH 2021 | CARLY CASSELLA
    In 2018, a camera on board the Mars Express mission caught sight of a strangely long and wispy cloud, billowing across the surface of the red planet. From a distance, the 1,500-kilometer (930-mile) trail of fog almost resembled a plume of smoke, and it seemed to be emerging from the top of a long-dead volcano. Looking back at archived images, researchers soon realized this had been happening for a while. Every few years in spring or summer, this curious cloud would return, before disappearing once again. The fleeting plume was caught on camera in 2009, 2012, 2015, 2018, and again...
  • Millions of websites offline after fire at French cloud services firm

    03/10/2021 6:29:28 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | 03 10 2021 | Mathieu Rosemain, Raphael Satter
    A fire at a French cloud services firm has disrupted millions of websites, knocking out government agencies’ portals, banks, shops, news websites and taking out a chunk of the .FR web space, according to internet monitors. The fire, which broke out on Wednesday shortly after midnight at OVHcloud, destroyed one of four data centres in Strasbourg, in eastern France, and damaged another, the company said. There was no immediate explanation provided for the blaze, which erupted just two days after the French cloud computing firm kicked off plans for an initial public offering. Europe’s largest cloud services provider told clients...
  • Japanese wrestlers take to the cloud in 'air sumo' competition

    02/02/2021 1:19:29 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    AsiaOne ^ | FEBRUARY 01, 2021
    While many sumo tournaments across Japan have been forced to throw in the towel amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, a sumo federation in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture has organised a unique video contest to showcase the hard work of young sumo wrestlers who have continued to hone their skills in an era of social-distancing — a term not typically associated with the full-contact sport. Dubbed the National Sumo Kata Competition, the contest will be conducted out of the ring and in the digital arena. Hopefuls have been asked to submit home videos of their performances in three categories to be judged...
  • The Cloud can't be Trusted

    01/11/2021 9:25:27 AM PST · by MercyFlush · 63 replies
    Mercy Flush ^ | 11 January 2021 | MercyFlush
    I've been in the technology industry for over twenty years and I've seen fads come and go. When I got started in 2000 I oversaw the migration of data from old tape drives to modern 1GB hard drives. Then at my job I oversaw the end of the mainframe and the ascendancy of the PC and server as the new form of decentralized network infrastructure. From 2001 through to around 2010 the internet and internet access were present in the government agency I work for but most people were prohibited from using it. And if they did their access was...
  • Please teach others here about safe use of Cloud services

    10/08/2020 2:25:21 PM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 85 replies
    [vanity] | October 8, 2020 | Albion Wilde
    What cloud services are safe for conservatives from hacking or other mischief? What are best practices and tips for a modestly skilled mac user with no background in programming? (Need replies in ordinary everyday English, as I do not speak Geek.) Grateful for some awesome freeper tutelage. Thanks in advance.
  • Nationwide Reports of Brief 911 System Outages, Cause Not Immediately Clear; Law enforcement in multiple cities and counties in at least four states tweeted their emergency number was down for about an hour

    09/28/2020 8:40:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    NBC New York ^ | 09/28/2020
    Law enforcement agencies across the country reported brief outages of their 911 systems Monday night, and it was not immediately clear if there was a connection with a major Microsoft system outage. Law enforcement agencies around the country, from Nevada to Pennsylvania and Arizona to Minnesota, tweeted that their 911 systems were down beginning sometime after 7 p.m. ET. Multiple reports indicated outages throughout Delaware and Ohio as well. By 8:15 p.m., many of those departments reported that their services had come back online. Others were still recommending that people call local department numbers instead of the emergency line. The...
  • Peter the human cyborg's mind-blowing journey to 'cheat death' as part man, part machine

    08/29/2020 11:16:42 AM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 10 replies ^ | 26 AUG 2020 | ByAnna Savva
    Science fiction is rapidly becoming fact as 59-year-old scientist Dr Peter Scott-Morgan tries to cheat death and battle muscle-wasting motor neurone disease by becoming a cyborg A scientist is taking a leaf out of sci-fi novels as he embarks on a mission to transform himself into a real-life human cyborg. In 2017, 59-year-old scientist Dr Peter Scott-Morgan was given the devastated news he had the muscle-wasting motor neurone disease – similar to that of Stephen Hawking. Instead of accepting the diagnosis as a death sentence, Peter wants to use it as the motivation to transform himself with hi-tech "upgrades". He...
  • Solar System is Traveling through Cloud of Supernova Debris: Study

    08/25/2020 10:50:41 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    Sci-news ^ | Aug 25, 2020 by | Enrico de Lazaro
    Radioactive elements synthesized in massive stars are ejected into space via stellar winds and supernova explosions. Our Solar System moves through the interstellar medium and collects these extrasolar products. One such product is iron-60. Because it is not naturally produced on Earth, the presence of this radioactive isotope is a sensitive indicator of supernova explosions within the last few million years. Australian National University’s Dr. Anton Wallner and colleagues previously found traces of iron-60 at about 2.6 million years ago, and possibly another at around 6 million years ago, suggesting our planet had traveled through fallout clouds from nearby supernovae....
  • Microsoft Stock Gains After Wall Street Gushes Over Its Cloud Results

    01/30/2020 8:47:37 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 17 replies
    Barron's ^ | 30 January, 2020 | Tae Kim
    Late Wednesday, Microsoft (ticker: MSFT) reported financial results that handily beat Wall Street expectations. The company posted adjusted fiscal second-quarter earnings per share of $1.51, above the $1.32 Wall Street consensus. Revenue of $36.9 billion beat estimates of $35.7 billion. On Thursday, Bernstein analyst Mark Moerdler reaffirmed his Outperform rating for Microsoft shares, citing the company’s stellar earnings report. He also raised his price target for the stock to $203 from $174. “This was again another strong quarter as Microsoft continues to deliver Commercial Cloud growth as well as growth in numerous other areas,” he wrote. “The cloud story continues...
  • Hapless AWS engineer spilled passwords, keys, confidential internal training info, customer messages on public GitHub

    01/24/2020 7:14:34 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    The Register ^ | 23 Jan 2020 | Tim Anderson
    Only up for five hours, but that's plenty of time for the wrong person to spot itUpdated An Amazon Web Services engineer published exchanges with customers and "system credentials including passwords, AWS key pairs, and private keys" to a public GitHub repository by accident.On 13 January, infosec biz UpGuard discovered a 954MB repository containing AWS resource templates – used to create cloud services – plus hostnames, and log files generated in the second half of 2019. There were also internal Amazon training resources marked "confidential." "Several documents contained access keys for various cloud services," UpGuard reported today. "There were multiple...
  • Amazon 'war cloud' lawsuit threatens to ensnare Trump: 'This is going to get very ugly'

    11/19/2019 7:23:22 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 65 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Monday, November 18, 2019 | en Wolfgang
    The White House faces a “very ugly” legal battle with Amazon over the handling of a massive contract to handle the Pentagon’s vast cloud computing needs, experts say, and top administration officials ultimately may have to reveal under oath whether President Trump personally interfered in the process. The fight is already shaping up as a battle of economic and political super heavyweights, with Mr. Trump making clear his lack of respect for Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his business empire, which happens to include The Washington Post. The Defense Department last month awarded the 10-year, $10 billion military cloud computing...
  • Amazon, Microsoft wage war over the Pentagon’s ‘war cloud’

    07/09/2019 8:43:01 PM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 22 replies
    AP via Drudge ^ | 9 July 2019 | MATT O'BRIEN
    Amazon and Microsoft are battling it out over a $10 billion opportunity to build the U.S. military its first “war cloud” computing system. But Amazon’s early hopes of a shock-and-awe victory may be slipping away. Formally called the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure plan, or JEDI, the military’s computing project would store and process vast amounts of classified data, allowing the Pentagon to use artificial intelligence to speed up its war planning and fighting capabilities. The Defense Department hopes to award the winner-take-all contract as soon as August. Oracle and IBM were eliminated at an earlier round of the contract competition.
  • 1,060-hour image of the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) captured by Amateur Astronomers

    04/15/2019 11:15:54 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 40 replies
    AstroSpace ^ | 4/12/19 | Guillaume Doyen
    1,060-hour image of the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) captured by Amateur Astronomers Guillaume Doyen 12 avril 2019 label Astrophotographie / Astrophotography label English 1060 is the number of hours needed to capture this highly-resolved image (204 Megapixels) of the Large Magellanic Cloud. It might be the world's longest exposure image within the amateur astronomers community. In astrophotography, the amount of time you spend imaging a celestial object is inherently fundamental. The longer your camera's shutter is open, the more light you get, so that the darkest regions of the sky start to get clearer. Usually, amateur astronomers are familiar with...