Amazon

‘Alexa, Protect My Data’: Amazon Sends Private Voice Files to Unauthorized Customer

Amazon accidentally sent 1,700 private voice files to an unauthorized customer in Germany in response to a request for personal data. The data allowed a German magazine to identify and track down the person whose voice was recorded on the files, according to a published report.

Russia blocks 800K Amazon sites in Telegram crackdown, disables legitimate ones in the process

Russia this week blocked hundreds of thousands of Amazon Web Services (AWS) sites in an apparent attempt to eliminate the secure Telegram messaging service from its borders. In the process, however, the government also disabled a number of legitimate websites operating in the country as well. Telegram is a service akin to WhatsApp that’s rapidly replacing the latter because messages sent over it are encrypted and not linked to Facebook data sharing. Russian, however, doesn’t want its citizens using Telegram, presumably because government can’t spy on them then–although the official reasoning is it’s an anti-terrorism method because Telegram officials is skirting new laws requiring the decryption of messages. Earlier this month, a Russian court officially blocked Telegram from being used in the country. On Monday, Russia’s federal censor directed the country’s ISPs to block hundreds of thousands of AWS IP addresses that were being used to bypass the Telegram ban, […]

Octoly Staff

For YouTube Stars, Influencers: More Risk of Hacks after Octoly Breach

Octoly, the Paris-based agency for online “influencers” apologized following the leak of sensitive and personally identifying information on 12,000 clients. But clients were furious they were not informed by the company first and researchers warn that those exposed could face increased risks of both online and offline harm.¬†

Amazon, Microchip team on chip to protect IoT | IEEE Spectrum

In-brief: MicroChip and Amazon are partnering on a chip designed to pair with Amazon’s IoT cloud and provide cryptographically strong identities for IoT devices.

Tech Giants Team Up On Ethics for Artificial Intelligence | The New York Times

In-brief: Alphabet, IBM, Microsoft, Facebook and Amazon are teaming to pioneer ethical guidelines for artificial intelligence, the New York Times reported.