Home again after a trip to Austin where I was filming sessions for THWACKcamp 2017. Excited yet? You should be because you can register now by going here. It happens in October, and although it's four months away, it feels like it will be here in a week. I can't wait for you to see all the buttery goodness we have in store for you this year!

 

As always, here are some links from the Intertubz that I hope will hold your interest. Enjoy!

 

Ex-Admin Deletes All Customer Data and Wipes Servers of Dutch Hosting Provider

Remember this the next time someone asks you for elevated permissions. Insider threats are a real thing, folks. (HT to Radioteacher for pointing me to this story over the weekend.)

 

Microsoft realigns its cloud, AI, data organizations

If only there was a sign telling us that traditional data storage technologies were shifting toward the cloud and integrating with new technologies, like machine learning and artificial intelligence. Then we might be able to better prepare ourselves for this shift.

 

It's so windy in Britain the electricity price went negative

Because every now and then I see someone comment about how renewable energy sources aren't able to produce enough energy to meet demand. I believe they can produce enough if we are willing to invest enough.

 

UK cops arrest man picked out by automatic facial recognition software

We are just one step away from arresting people because we *think* they are about to commit a crime.

 

Microsoft buys security-automation vendor Hexadite

Interesting acquisition in the wake of WannaCry, although I am certain the wheels were in motion for many months prior. I believe this is yet another example of how Microsoft is taking data security seriously, and being as proactive as possible to minimize risks as Azure continues to gobble up data.

 

Why You Shouldn’t Use SMS for Two-Factor Authentication (and What to Use Instead)

I was somewhat aware of the risks with using SMS, and I liked how this article was able to explain the issue and possible workarounds.

 

Gamestop hacked. Financial data of online shoppers accessed by crooks

Yep. We got a letter last week about this matter. The letter, however, didn't specify that it was for online purchases only, as this article indicates.

 

As soon as this Evil-Clown-as-a-Service (ECaaS) becomes available in the US, I know what I'm getting some folks for their birthday:

 

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