Wired: Hackers Can Stealthily Avoid Traps Set To Defend The Cloud

Wired: Hackers Can Stealthily Avoid Traps Set To Defend The Cloud. “Cloud services host vast quantities of valuable information, making them perpetually attractive targets for hackers. Attackers regularly develop new and clever ways to access cloud accounts—or find ones that have been left exposed—and exfiltrate data. Those in charge of protecting cloud accounts have their own methods of shoring up defenses and securing account perimeters. But just in case someone slips by, they also lay the digital equivalent of a booby trap or a trip wire to sound the alarm on any interlopers. They’re called honeytokens.”

Bloomberg: Google Is in China Cloud Talks With Tencent, Others

Bloomberg: Google Is in China Cloud Talks With Tencent, Others. “Google wants to get back into China, and is laying the groundwork for a key part of the initiative: bringing its cloud business to the world’s second-largest economy. The internet giant is in talks with Tencent Holdings Ltd., Inspur Group and other Chinese companies to offer Google cloud services in the mainland, according to people familiar with the discussions. They asked not to be identified discussing private matters.”

The Daily Swig: A new tool helps you find open Amazon S3 buckets

The Daily Swig: A new tool helps you find open Amazon S3 buckets. “Hundreds of thousands of potentially sensitive files are publically available through open Amazon buckets, a new online tool can reveal. The free tool, created by software engineer GrayhatWarfare, is a searchable database where a current list of 48,623 open S3 buckets can be found.”

ZDNet: 1.5 billion sensitive files exposed by misconfigured servers, storage and cloud services

ZDNet: 1.5 billion sensitive files exposed by misconfigured servers, storage and cloud services. “Researchers have discovered over 1.5 billion sensitive files including payroll information, credit card details, medical data, and patents for intellectual property are exposed online, putting consumers and businesses at risk of theft, cybercrime, and espionage.”

CBR: Alibaba launches quantum computing power on public cloud

CBR: Alibaba launches quantum computing power on public cloud. “Alibaba is aiming to compete with IBM as it launches its own quantum powered computing services in its cloud. The cloud company will be teaming up with the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) to unleash the quantum computer, which will run on a processer with 11 qubits of power. Alibaba’s announcement will put its superconducting quantum computing cloud will rank in the top two most powerful computing services in the world, behind IBM.”

TechCrunch: Google is launching a new digital store to sell cloud-based software

TechCrunch: Google is launching a new digital store to sell cloud-based software. “Google is launching a digital store that will offer cloud-based software to companies and other organizations. Bloomberg, which reported the news a bit earlier, notes the move is just the juggernaut’s latest effort to ensure that cloud leaders, and specifically Amazon Web Services, don’t leave the company in the dust.”