11 Dec 2019

Amazon Leases New Manhattan Office Space, Less Than a Year After HQ2 Pullout

Amazon and Facebook are planning to expand into new office spaces in New York City, with the goal of fueling an expansion of tech companies in Manhattan just a year after Amazon denounced its plans to build its second headquarters in the city. Amazon has signed a new lease for

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11 Dec 2019

Blink Cameras Found with Multiple Vulnerabilities

Researchers at the company Tenable found three broad types of vulnerabilities in Amazon’s popular home security cameras, Blink. The three vulnerabilities include one that is not practical, one that is interesting to researchers, and one that poses a threat to customers. According to researchers, the Blink camera’s design makes it

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04 Dec 2019

EFF warns of ‘one-way mirror’ in the world of corporate online spying

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) recently published an extensive study that examines techniques used by online service providers to collect and track data on consumers’ personal information and online activities. The report, published on Monday, uncovers corporate surveillance and tracking methods. The EFF found that Facebook uses conversion pixels that

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03 Dec 2019

Amazon Plans Ring Facial Recognition-Based ‘Watch List’, Report

Amazon plans to implement facial recognition software in Ring smart home security devices with the goal of recognizing ‘suspicious activity.’ This plan would effectively create an AI-enabled “neighborhood watch list,” according to reports on Amazon’s plans. The watch list would automatically notify a Ring owner with a notification on their

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22 Nov 2019

Senators Demand Amazon Disclose Ring Privacy Policies

Amazon’s home surveillance and doorbell system Ring data collection policies are attracting attention, with US Senator demanding that Amazon disclose how it is securing footage. After several security vulnerabilities and privacy-related incidents, 5 Senotros wrote a list of demands in a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. The Senators stated

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15 Nov 2019

It’s official: AWS is challenging Microsoft’s $10 billion JEDI contract win

On Thursday, Amazon announced that they would be challenging the U.S. Department of Defense’s award of the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) to Microsoft. According to a Federal Times report, AWS filed the paperwork to protest the award on Friday of last week to the Court of Federal Claims. Federal

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08 Nov 2019

Amazon Ring doorbells exposed home Wi-Fi passwords to hackers

A new report by Bitdefender underscores the security risks involved with Internet-of-things (IoT) devices. Earlier this year, researchers with the firm discovered that Amazon Ring smart doorbells leak the Wi-Fi password of the home network they are connected to, allowing threat actors to capture the credentials and use then to

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05 Nov 2019

Using Light Beams to Control Google, Apple, Amazon Assistants

A team of researchers from the University of Michigan and the University of Electro-Communications in Japan has developed a method for remotely sending rogue voice commands to voice-controlled (VC) devices like Google Home and Amazon Echo using laser beams. The researchers discovered that because the microphones in certain VC devices

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24 Oct 2019

AWS hit by major DDoS attack

Amazon Web Services (AWS) suffered a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on Wednesday that disrupted the firm’s Router 53 DNS web service for about eight hours on end. Some other services were affected as well. While AWS offers a custom DDoS mitigation service, Amazon’s cloud computing subsidiary admitted that the attack

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21 Oct 2019

Alexa and Google Home abused to eavesdrop and phish passwords

Threat actors can use malicious applications in order to eavesdrop on Amazon Alexa and Google Home users, researchers with Security Research Labs have discovered. Rogue applications can also be used to carry out phishing attacks targeting owners of one of these voice assistants. The two attacks developed by the researchers

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