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Episode 103 – Big Tech Lobbying, Massive Security Camera Breach

Topic 1: What works, works: Big Tech Targets DC via Old-School Media

Facebook, Amazon, and Google ads are blanketing inside-the-Beltway newsletters in a bid to rehab their tarnished reputations.

The big tech companies are getting ready to do battle. So they need to soften up members of Congress. Here’s the interesting part: They didn’t use social media to get the job done. They used good old advertising . . . in newsletters.

Of course we use this to look at the whole “Big Data vs. Congress” debate going on right now.

Link:

https://www.wired.com/story/big-tech-targets-dc-with-digital-charm-offensive/

 

Topic 2: Security Breach at Security Camera Company

IoT security came under a major attack in March. 150,000 Verkada surveillance cameras compromised by super simple hack. The “victims” were as widespread as you can imagine: Jails, gyms, Tesla, and more.

Never, never sell an internet-connected device without adding an additional layer of cyber security. That’s why “value added” resellers and service providers exist!

Link:

https://www.theverge.com/2021/3/9/22322122/verkada-hack-150000-security-cameras-tesla-factory-cloudflare-jails-hospitals

Topic 3: Massive Data Center Fire in Strasbourg, France

OVHCloud, Europe’s largest cloud provider, has massive fire affecting multiple data centers. OVHcloud’s SBG2 data center in Strasbourg France was destroyed by a fire that also damaged SBG1. OVH manages four data centers on the same site, which we think is odd.

We look at several practices across industry and across the world.

Links:

https://www.datacenterdynamics.com/en/news/fire-destroys-ovhclouds-sbg2-data-center-strasbourg/

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/technology/ovh-data-center-burns-down-knocking-major-sites-offline/

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