25 Jun 2021

Amazon launches AWS BugBust to spur adoption of AI-powered coding tools

Earlier this week, Amazon launched Amazon Web Services (AWS) BugBust, an international challenge that calls on developers to locate and fix one million software bugs, realizing $100 million in technical debt. Developers from across the world can join the challenge hosted by Amazon by creating BugBust events for their organization

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02 Jun 2021

Amazon Sidewalk Poised to Sweep You Into Its Mesh

Amazon has announced a new initiative set to be released on June 8. The program, called Amazon Sidewalk, introduces a new long-term effort to extend the working range of low bandwidth, low-power, smart lights, sensors, and other low-cost devices customers install at the edge of their home network. Amazon Sidewalk

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19 May 2021

Amazon extends ban on police using Rekognition facial recognition technology, no end in sight

Amazon has decided to extend its ban on US law enforcement usage of Rekognition, its facial recognition technology solution, until further notice. The initial ban on US police usage of the technology was set to expire next month. The ban was initially enacted due to the unethical use of facial

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10 May 2021

Amazon seized, destroyed two million fake products sent to warehouses in 2020

In 2020, Amazon allegedly identified and destroyed two million fake products delivered to warehouses. The e-commerce giant allows third-party sellers from around the world to display their products through the platform, however, scammers have always populated the marketplace. According to Amazon, fakes, counterfeits, poor quality products, misleading photos, and more

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07 May 2021

Misconfigured Database Exposes 200K Fake Amazon Reviewers

A misconfigured database has allegedly exposed a coordinated scheme by Amazon vendors to boost product ratings through utilizing fake accounts and reviews. Security researchers at SafetyDetectives located a China-based Elasticsearch server that was exposed to the public online, lacking any password protection or encryption. After looking further into the exposed

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26 Apr 2021

Study Shines a Light on Big Tech’s AI Investments

A study released earlier this week indicates that leading private sector tech companies’ investments in artificial intelligence do not ensure that the field will remain competitive. The study was conducted by the Center for Security and Emerging Technology, aiming to map the research agendas of tech giants Apple, Amazon, Facebook,

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02 Mar 2021

Amazon Dismisses Claims Alexa ‘Skills’ Can Bypass Security Vetting Process

Researchers have allegedly located several security issues in Amazon’s Alexa skill vetting process, claiming that they could be exploited to steal data or launch phishing attacks against users of the technology. After alerting Amazon to the fact that Alexa is vulnerable to malicious third-party skills, Amazon dismissed the claim. Researchers

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09 Feb 2021

Government Demands for Amazon Data Shot Up 800 Percent in 2020

Earlier this week, Amazon released a transparency report which revealed that government requests for user data increased by 800% between the first and second half of 2020. The company reportedly processed over 3,000 demands within the first six months of 2020 and over 27,000 in the second six months. Nearly

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14 Jan 2021

Ring trials customer video end-to-end encryption for smart doorbells

Ring has created a preview of end-to-end encryption for home video feeds. The feature is being rolled out to customers this week by the Amazon-owned smart doorbell. After feedback proves the encryption to be successful, the encryption will eventually be offered to users as an opt-in feature. Ring has come

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30 Dec 2020

Apple supplier Lens Technology accused of using forced Uighur labor

Lens Technology, a Chinese supplier of consumer electronics components for brands such as Apple, has been accused of capitalizing on Uighur Muslim detention in China and using forced labor workers to produce the tech. A report from Tech Transparency details the accusation, claiming that the workers were paid little to

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