22 Sep 2020

Six Indicted for Bribing Amazon Workers in $100m Scheme

According to a recent statement, six individuals have been indicted for their involvement in a bribery scheme against Amazon employees. The six men and women attempted to bribe Amazon workers to gain an unfair competitive advantage on Amazon Marketplace estimated to be worth $100m. The six criminals live across the

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07 Sep 2020

Pentagon Awards JEDI Contract To Microsoft—Again—In Blow To Amazon

On Friday, the Department of Defense announced that it has decided to award Microsoft with the contentious $10 billion JEDI contract. This has created more controversy between Microsoft and Amazon, who went to court in a legal fight for the lucrative DoD contract. In October of last year, Microsoft won

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01 Sep 2020

FBI warned of how Ring doorbell surveillance can be used against police officers

According to leaked documents, smart doorbell vendors such as Amazon’s Ring create concerns on behalf of law enforcement on how their use of IoT technology can pose a risk to the security of police officers. Homeowners implement IoT doorbell technology to provide their homes with heightened security at each point

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24 Aug 2020

Researchers Sound Alarm Over Malicious AWS Community AMIs

Researchers have alerted the public to a growing threat posed by Amazon Web Services and its available pre-configured virtual servers, stating that threat actors can build Community Amazon Machine Images (AMI) infected with malware yet make them identical to legitimate ones. This poses a risk to AWS customers, as they

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17 Aug 2020

Amazon Alexa Vulnerabilities Could Have Exposed User Data

Researchers at Check Point security have identified vulnerabilities within Amazon’s virtual assistant, Alexa. The series of vulnerabilities could allow for a variety of attacks against the device. Check Point found Cross-Origin Resource Sharing misconfiguration attacks and Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) bugs on Amazon and Alexa subdomains. This allowed the researchers to

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13 Aug 2020

Amazon Alexa ‘One-Click’ Attack Can Divulge Personal Data

A shocking new report by researchers at Check Point security exposes a critical vulnerability in Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant platform that could be leveraged by attackers to access banking data history, home addresses, and other personally identifiable information. Check Point researchers found several web application flaws on Amazon Alexa subdomains

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17 Jul 2020

Amazon-Themed Phishing Campaigns Swim Past Security Checks

Amazon has been used to perpetuate a pair of new phishing campaigns that aim to steal credentials and other personal information claiming to be Amazon package-delivery notices. Amazon has been in high demand lately due to the COVID-19 pandemic preventing many from leaving the house excessively. However, cybercriminals have capitalized

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06 Jul 2020

House Subcommittee Again Takes Aim at Amazon over Ring Surveillance

The House Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy has been pursuing Amazon over the company’s Ring doorbell camera technology as concerns over privacy, surveillance, and civil liberties continue to increase. The subcommittee Chairman wrote a letter on Thursday seeking assurances from Amazon that the Ring Inc. subsidiary would adhere to

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30 Jun 2020

AWS Facial Recognition Platform Misidentified Over 100 Politicians As Criminals

Facial recognition technology continues to present privacy and security issues as it misidentifies people at an alarming rate. The technology is used by law enforcement agencies to make arrests, despite these identification errors. Consumer privacy expert Paul Bischoff found that Amazon’s face recognition platform mistook more than 100 photos of

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18 Jun 2020

Police Ties to Ring Home Surveillance Come Under Scrutiny

Civil liberties advocates are calling upon Amazon to end its partnerships with law enforcement agencies through its Ring home surveillance cameras. According to Evan Greer, deputy director of Fight for the Future, the camera registries will serve to exacerbate existing forms of discrimination. Fight for the Future is a civil

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