Archive for April 8, 2021

LinkedIn Pwned… Data Of 500 Million Online For Sale

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 8, 2021 by itnerd

Data from 500 million LinkedIn users has been scraped and is for sale online, according to a report from Cyber News. A LinkedIn spokesperson confirmed to Insider that there is a dataset of public information that was scraped from the platform. 

“While we’re still investigating this issue, the posted dataset appears to include publicly viewable information that was scraped from LinkedIn combined with data aggregated from other websites or companies,” a LinkedIn spokesperson told Insider in a statement. “Scraping our members’ data from LinkedIn violates our terms of service and we are constantly working to protect our members and their data.” LinkedIn has 740 million users, according to its website, so the reported data scraping of 500 million users means about two-thirds of the platform’s user base could be affected. The data includes account IDs, full names, email addresses, phone numbers, workplace information, genders, and links to other social media accounts.

This is bad. As bad as Facebook’s recent issues. And I prescribe a similar solution for this. LinkedIn is owned by Microsoft and Microsoft has a market cap of over $1.83 trillion. So I suggest a fine of $80 per account. For the roughly half billion accounts exposed, that would come to $40 billion. That would really get their attention and you would bet your last dollar that LinkedIn would never, ever be this negligent again.

OVHcloud Expands Its Bare Metal Server Range With New & Improved Scale & High-Grade Ranges

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 8, 2021 by itnerd

OVHcloud is expanding its Bare Metal server offer with two new ranges of machines that provide high performance, very high capacity bandwidth and high availability. These new machines address the needs of organizations running critical workloads which require ready-to-use platforms and are optimized to work with solutions from leading software publishers. These servers will be available in OVHcloud data centers across Canada, the US and Europe.

Large corporations, banking, health, and other industry sectors are particularly well served, alongside universities and research centers. For these organizations, there is a particular need to have a better price/performance ratio, anticipate any technical risks and develop business growth. All this with a resilient, very high-bandwidth network, and availability across a wide range of geographical regions.

OVHcloud expertise for a wide range of professional use cases

Scale and High-Grade servers are optimized for complex, resource-intensive tasks. They are particularly suited to the following use cases:

  • Managing Hyper Converged Infrastructure (HCI), particularly for companies that want to consolidate their data centers.
  • Software Defined Storage (SDS), which can handle the needs associated with increasing the volume of data to be managed, while controlling costs.
  • Virtualization, containerization, and orchestration, for project deployment or application modernization while optimizing hardware and software investments.
  • Big Data and analytics, to optimize data usage.
  • Archiving and backup, as storage solutions must meet very specific needs, such as agile information flow management, fault prevention, ensuring optimal archiving of critical data, and compliance with applicable laws.
  • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), for large-scale management of remote and virtualized work environments.

Two innovative ranges to meet the highest requirements

Scale and High-Grade ranges have all the OVHcloud commitments: the latest and most powerful computing components, the best price/performance ratio; with totally transparent and predictable pricing, OVHcloud Link Aggregation (OLA) technology, which allows users to aggregate each server’s network interfaces to boost its availability, while isolating it from the public network and any potential threats, 99.99% SLA Anti-DDoS protection included. Finally, traffic is included and is unlimited.

Supplementing the Hosted Private Cloud catalog, which was recognized as a “strong performer” in North America and a “leader” in Europe in the Hosted Private Cloud market in The Forrester Wave™: Hosted Private Cloud Services, Q2, 2020 report, both ranges are operated according to the most demanding security standards in compliance with ISO/IEC 27001.

  • Scale offers a range of 6 servers with AMD EPYC™ and Intel® Xeon® Gold CPUs. It is aimed at companies with high performance requirements. Scale provides the resilience and speed to enable these large companies to grow their business by improving their IT performance. The range offers a guaranteed bandwidth of up to 25 Gbps, and a service level agreement (SLA) of 99.99%, ensuring the best guarantees for hosting the customer’s infrastructure (on private or hybrid cloud).
  • High-Grade, consisting of a selection of 10 servers based on AMD EPYC™ and Intel® Xeon® Gold CPUs, is designed for businesses with critical availability and performance needs. The range offers guaranteed bandwidth of up to 50 Gbps and combines computing power, a very high-bandwidth network, and a large storage capacity. It is particularly well suited to use cases involving HCI, SDS or storage, and will grow into a machine dedicated to artificial intelligence.

Guest Post: Atlas VPN Says Elderly People Lost Nearly $1 Billion To Internet Crime In 2020

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 8, 2021 by itnerd

According to data presented by Atlas VPN, Americans over 60 years old lost a staggering $966 million to various types of internet scams in 2020.

Edward Garb, Cybersecurity Researcher at Atlas VPN, explains why fraudsters focus on older generations: 

“Not only do cybercriminals target victims over the age of 60 because they are believed to have significant financial resources, but also because elders tend to lack knowledge about basic internet security practices.”

Americans ages 60 and older submitted 105,301 complaints to the FBI and reported a total of $966 million in monetary damages last year. Meaning, on average, older citizens lose $9,174 per scam. Looking at monetary damages on a day-by-day basis, elders lost around $2.65 million daily in 2020.

US citizens ages 50-59 lost nearly $849 million from 85,967 reported scams in 2020. Average financial losses per scam are even bigger, amounting to an average of $9,863 per complaint.  

Next up, people ages 40-49 also lost a huge amount of money to cybercriminals, totaling $717 million from 91,568 reports. In other words, this demographic loses around $7,832 every time they fall victim to internet scams. 

Even though Americans ages 30-39 reported a similar number of scams at 88,364, their losses are substantially lower than all previous groups, at $492 million in losses in 2020. In turn, their reported losses per complaint are also smaller, reaching around $5,570.

Internet users ages 20-29 suffered over $197 million in financial losses from 70,791 reported internet crime cases, which means that generally, victims in this demographic suffer $2,788 in damages when they get scammed online. 

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Review: Scooch Wingman Case

Posted in Products with tags on April 8, 2021 by itnerd

The second of two cases for the iPhone 12 Pro that I got to look at this week from Scooch was the Scooch Wingman Case which is a transparent case with military drop protection. One thing that is unique about this case is that you can have a your choice of “ReStyle Inserts” to customize your case:

I got four “ReStyle Inserts” of the seven that are available and they look really cool. But you can also just go without one like I did:

Here you can see the back of my iPhone which has a DBrand skin on it. You will note in the middle of the case. That’s a kickstand that is extremely useful.

For starters it can be used as a kickstand in portrait and landscape mode. You can also use this kickstand to get a better grip on the phone, or use it in a car vent.

The kickstand is easy to remove which is important because you need to remove it to wirelessly charge your phone. It’s also replaceable should you break it and it is easy to deploy.

The sides have a very grippy texture which makes it really easy to hold the phone securely. That way you don’t have to test the drop protection with according to Scooch meets the military spec. What helps with that is the fat that the corners are designed to take an impact. The button are also easy to press with a great clicky feel to them as well. The case really has a good feel in the hand as well as it doesn’t feel bulky.

I use a screen protector on my phones and this case doesn’t interfere with the screen protector. Though I will admit that the screen protector cuts into the raised edge that this case has to make sure that the screen doesn’t touch a surface such as a table. You’ll also note that you get 360 degrees of protection with all the cutouts in the right places and in the right sizes.

The Scooch Wingman Case goes for $39 USD. If you want a transparent case that gives you options to allow you to express your style, drop protection and the ability to watch media in portrait or landscape mode, this case is definitely worth a look.

So Why Wasn’t Tile Included In Apple’s Find My Network Announcement?

Posted in Commentary with tags , on April 8, 2021 by itnerd

Yesterday Apple announced Find My Network integration with third party products including products from Belkin, Chipolo, and VanMoof. But weird thing to many was that Tile who by far was the originator of creating trackers that can be found using crowdsourced info, and by far has the largest network to help you to find lost items if you use their trackers. You have to wonder why that was the case as surely there are tens of thousands of Tile users out there who would love to have this functionality. So why isn’t it there? Well, seeing as Apple isn’t the type of company to be forthcoming with this sort of information. So that leaves us to guess what the reason why this might be.

My first guess, and the most likely reason in my mind is this paragraph from Apple’s announcement:

Today Apple is also announcing a draft specification for chipset manufacturers that will be released later this spring. With this, third-party device makers will be able to take advantage of Ultra Wideband technology in U1-equipped Apple devices, creating a more precise, directionally aware experience when nearby.

Tile devices use Bluetooth. So it appears that based on the above, Tile devices won’t work with the Find My Network as they don’t support Ultra Wideband technology. At least not at present. Perhaps that will change in the future. And to add further weight to that argument, Chipolo has a new tracker that is shipping in June that supports the Find My Network. There’s few technical details that I can find about this tracker. But their existing trackers use Bluetooth so it suggests that this new tracker is Ultra Wideband enabled. Which also means that if Tile came out with an Ultra Wideband enabled tracker, they too could jump onto this bandwagon.

Now that’s the non-sinister reason behind this. Now over the sinister reason. Tile has accused Apple of anti-trust behavior because of some of Apple’s requirements that users give permission for the Tile app to track items in the background among other things. Apple may not have been thrilled about that and decided to exclude them from this announcement to send a message to Tile.

Finally a number of people online have suggested that Tile might have some sort of privacy issue that Apple wasn’t thrilled about. I did some research on this and didn’t find any evidence of this. For example, Mozilla has a privacy report that didn’t ring any alarm bells with me. So I doubt that’s the reason.

Whatever the reason, the omission of Tile is curious. And it will be interesting to see if Tile ever joins this program. This will be something that I will be be watching very closely.