ZDNet: AWS rolls out new security feature to prevent accidental S3 data leaks

ZDNet: AWS rolls out new security feature to prevent accidental S3 data leaks. “Amazon’s Web Services division has rolled out new security features to AWS account owners today that are meant to prevent accidental data exposures caused by the misconfiguration of S3 data storage buckets.”

Engadget: Amazon fixes security flaws allowing smart home hijacks

Engadget: Amazon fixes security flaws allowing smart home hijacks. “Some smart home device owners may have dodged a bullet. Amazon recently patched 13 security flaws in an operating system for the Internet of Things, FreeRTOS, as well as Amazon Web Services connection modules. The holes let intruders crash devices, leak the contents of their memory and remotely run code, effectively giving attackers full control. The flaws might have been far-reaching if they’d gone unfixed — both FreeRTOS and its safety-oriented counterpart SafeRTOS are used in a wide range of devices inside and outside the home, including cars, aircraft and medical gear.”

The Register: Massive US military social media spying archive left wide open in AWS S3 buckets

I can’t even, y’all. From The Register: Massive US military social media spying archive left wide open in AWS S3 buckets . “Three misconfigured AWS S3 buckets have been discovered wide open on the public internet containing “dozens of terabytes” of social media posts and similar pages – all scraped from around the world by the US military to identify and profile persons of interest.”

CNBC: Google and Cisco team up in the cloud wars against Amazon

CNBC: Google and Cisco team up in the cloud wars against Amazon. “When Chuck Robbins was promoted to CEO of Cisco in 2015, the company’s technology was in danger of losing relevance. When Google named Diane Greene as head of its cloud division that same year, her unit was desperate to close the gap with Amazon Web Services. Two years later, Robbins and Greene are teaming up to develop and sell cloud technology and services in a whole new way and to take on AWS.”

CNBC: Amazon is planning to rival Google with a service that translates languages

CNBC: Amazon is planning to rival Google with a service that translates languages. “Amazon already has machine-translation technology that it uses across the company to do things like provide product information in multiple languages. Now, the company is preparing to make it available through Amazon Web Services, said a source familiar with the matter. Amazon could announce the service before its annual re:Invent conference in Las Vegas in November.”

NextGov: White House Artifacts To Be Digitized Using Amazon Web Services

NextGov: White House Artifacts To Be Digitized Using Amazon Web Services. “A new mobile app will let users explore the White House from their phones, scanning each room for historical events taking place there. It’s part of the White House Historical Association’s effort to make presidential ephemera accessible to members of the public for free, especially if they aren’t in Washington or can’t physically enter the White House.”