It was a busy week for service disruptions and security breaches. We had Amazon S3 showing us that, yes, the cloud can go offline at times. And we found out that out teddy bears may be staging an uprising. And we also found that Uber has decided to use technology and data to continue operating illegally in cities and towns worldwide. Not a good week for those of us that enjoy having data safe, secure, and available.

 

So, here's a handful of links from the intertubz I thought you might find interesting. Enjoy!

 

Data from connected CloudPets teddy bears leaked and ransomed, exposing kids' voice messages

The ignorance (or hubris) of the CloudPets CEO is on full display here. I am somewhat surprised that anyone could be this naive with regard to security issues these days.

 

Yahoo CEO Loses Bonus Over Security Lapses

Speaking of security breaches, Yahoo is in the news again. You might think that losing $2 million USD would sting a bit, but considering the $40 million she gets for running Yahoo into the ground I think she will be okay for the next few years, even with living in the Valley.

 

Hackers Drawn To Energy Sector's Lack Of Sensors, Controls

I'd like to think that someone, somewhere in our government, is actively working to keep our grid safe. Otherwise, it won't be long before we start to see blackouts as a result of some bored teenager on a lonely summer night.

 

Summary of the Amazon S3 Service Disruption in the Northern Virginia (US-EAST-1) Region

Thanks to a typo, the Amazon S3 service was brought to a halt for a few hours last week. In the biggest piece of irony, the popular website Is It Down Right Now? Website Down or Not? was, itself, down as a result. There's a lot to digest with this outage, and it deserves its own post at some point.

 

How Uber Deceives the Authorities Worldwide

I didn't wake up looking for more reasons to dislike how Uber is currently run as a business, but it seems that each week they reach a new low.

 

Thirteen thousand, four hundred, fifty-five minutes of talking to get one job

A bit long, but worth the read as it helps expose the job hiring process and all the flaws in the current system used by almost every company. I've written about bad job postings before, as well as how interviews should not be a trivia contest, so I enjoyed how this post took a deeper look.

 

If the Moon Were Only 1 Pixel - A tediously accurate map of the solar system

Because I love things like this and I think you should, too.

 

Just a reminder that the cloud can, and does, go offline from time to time:

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