Archive for September 20, 2022

Bell Awarded Canada’s Fastest Mobile Network By PCMag For Third Consecutive Year

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 20, 2022 by itnerd

Bell today announced its wireless network has been awarded fastest in Canada for the third year in a row in PCMag’s 2022 Fastest Mobile Networks Canada report, the annual study of mobile network performance across the country. The report also ranks Bell’s 5G network as fastest in the country, scoring fastest in 22 of the 31 cities and rural areas tested.

In its 10th annual Fastest Mobile Networks Canada test, PCMag’s wireless technology experts drove across Canada, covering 31 cities and rural areas to test the network speed and coverage of Canada’s major wireless brands. PCMag’s exhaustive analysis took place in August and September and ranked providers based on a weighted average of download speeds, upload speeds and latency.

Expanding 5G+ and 5G networks 
Earlier this summer, Bell announced the availability of 5G+ service in southern Ontario. Today, Bell is expanding its service to more communities across the province. Available today in Hamilton, Markham, Middlesex Centre, North Dumfries, Puslinch and Thames Centre, Bell 5G+ is expected to be faster and more responsive, allowing for a superior mobile experience. Bell will continue to expand 5G+ across the country and is on track to offer coverage to approximately 40% of the Canadian population by the end of 2022.

Bell also continues to expand its 5G service, with availability in all 10 Canadian provinces. Today, Bell is expanding to 84 more communities in Alberta, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Québec.

For more details about 5G+ and 5G, including coverage, pricing, availability and compatible devices, please visit

OVHcloud Expands Its Bare Metal Servers’ Lineup 

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 20, 2022 by itnerd

 OVHcloud, the European cloud leader and Bare Metal pioneer, expands its dedicated servers range with new solutions focusing on density for leadership performance when it comes to compute or storage capacity. With more choice in its range of performance-oriented servers, OVHcloud ensures that businesses can upgrade their infrastructure to tackle their most critical challenges around data.

The Advance-6 and Scale-7 Bare Metal servers benefit from AMD and Intel datacenter processors:

  • New Bare Metal Scale-7 servers are equipped with 64 core AMD EPYC processors (Zen 3) that are ideally suited for the most intensive workloads related to High Performance Computing, virtualization or containerization. 
  • Bare Metal Advance-6 servers are equipped with the third generation Intel Xeon Scalable processor and its Intel SGX technology. It answers the specific needs of Confidential Computing for use cases like federated learning, noticeably found in the health sector. Here, data confidentiality is not only vital but preserved during training phases.

The new HGR-STOR-2 server is a unique solution for data storage and archiving, offering up to 1.4 Petabytes (1400 Terabytes) of capacity. Combining SAS disks, up to 102 in a JBOD chassis, and optional SSD, it offers low latency data access with high performance. Specifically tailored for large and institutional customers, the HGR-STOR-2 offer allows for the creation of a fully configurable data lake. It takes advantage of a high bandwidth private connection (100 Gbps guaranteed) so it can integrate to a cluster or other OVHcloud products and services. With absolute control over disks and volumes, customers’ specific needs will be met – from file archiving to backup of heavy databases.

OVHcloud’s new Bare Metal offer benefits from the advantages of dedicated servers when it comes to flexibility, control, performance, availability and unlimited bandwidth. This way, OVHcloud provides companies with the best possible support for their workloads, environments, and ad-hoc technologies, while guaranteeing predictable pricing.


Advance-6 servers are available from our datacenters in Canada and Europe.

The Scale-7 Bare Metal range is available in France, Germany, Poland, and the United Kingdom while the HGR-STOR-2 offer is now available in France.

OpsGuru Recognized As Canada’s Only AWS Premier Tier Service Partner

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 20, 2022 by itnerd

OpsGuru has just been announced an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Premier Tier Service Partner, becoming the only Canadian-based partner to receive this bespoke recognition. 

Headquartered in Vancouver with offices in Toronto, Richmond Hill and Saint John, OpsGuru helps hundreds of Canadian companies of all sizes leverage and adopt cloud technologies to support their business goals. (Some Canadian customers include Equinox Gold, Trimac, Bosa Developments).

Receiving Premier Partner Status, is the highest and most distinct award for an AWS Partner, requiring deep technical expertise, proven success at scaling impactful solutions for hundreds of business customers and becoming the leader in the Canadian market.  

It’s an impressive example of Canadian leadership in cloud consulting and cloud service providers, an exciting and rapidly growing field as more and more Canadian companies are looking for solutions and guidance in their digital transformation.

Time to Market Trumps Deploying Secure Apps, Developers Push Vulnerable Code to Keep Up: Invicti

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 20, 2022 by itnerd

Today, Invicti Chief Security Strategist Sonali Shah and ESG Analyst Melinda Marks published a new report, “Automated Application Security Testing for Faster Development”.

The report describes how:

  • With the move to the cloud, organizations need a seamless solution that gives them protection and coverage for all of their applications, not just certain business-critical applications. Otherwise, simple coding mistakes can leave them vulnerable to attacks that could compromise company or customer data.
  • A leading television service network serving 26 million viewers has deployed Invicti to help them deliver secure applications on time, enabling them to innovate while protecting information collected online, particularly the personally identifiable information (PII) of viewers and staff, as well as its own company data and intellectual property.
  • A global travel and vacations company uses Invicti to cost-effectively automate security testing for applications across its portfolio of companies, enabling developers to fix security issues within their workflows.
  • Invicti customers also reported time and cost savings with fewer security incidents and teams working more efficiently with security integrated with developer workflows.

The full report can be found here:

Uber Now Says It Was Pwned By Lapsus$ And Details How They Got In

Posted in Commentary with tags , on September 20, 2022 by itnerd

Uber posted a blog post yesterday which you can read here and it provides way more detail about last week’s hack of the company. Starting with how the threat actors got in:

An Uber EXT contractor had their account compromised by an attacker. It is likely that the attacker purchased the contractor’s Uber corporate password on the dark web, after the contractor’s personal device had been infected with malware, exposing those credentials. The attacker then repeatedly tried to log in to the contractor’s Uber account. Each time, the contractor received a two-factor login approval request, which initially blocked access. Eventually, however, the contractor accepted one, and the attacker successfully logged in.

From there, the attacker accessed several other employee accounts which ultimately gave the attacker elevated permissions to a number of tools, including G-Suite and Slack. The attacker then posted a message to a company-wide Slack channel, which many of you saw, and reconfigured Uber’s OpenDNS to display a graphic image to employees on some internal sites.

This is an attack vector called MFA fatigue. Where a threat actor takes advantage of MFA prompts causing fatigue among users where they will just approve any MFA prompt that hits their phone, even if they didn’t do anything to cause the prompt to come up. That’s a growing problem.

Next up is who Uber holds responsible for this. And the threat actors are Lapsus$:

We believe that this attacker (or attackers) are affiliated with a hacking group called Lapsus$, which has been increasingly active over the last year or so. This group typically uses similar techniques to target technology companies, and in 2022 alone has breached Microsoft, Cisco, Samsung, Nvidia and Okta, among others. There are also reports over the weekend that this same actor breached video game maker Rockstar Games. We are in close coordination with the FBI and US Department of Justice on this matter and will continue to support their efforts.

Lapsus$ has been busy quite clearly. And given how high profile this hack was, and how much media attention it has gotten, that will motivate more attacks as reportedly, that’s what drives this group.

Yana Blachman, Threat Intelligence Specialist at Venafi had this comment:

“With the Lapsus$ cybercrime group having been responsible for breaches at Nvidia, Microsoft and Samsung over the last year, these recent attacks on Uber and Rockstar shows that it has an appetite for Big Tech companies and should be a warning to the entire industry. Despite the group being relatively young, its list of victims is starting to read like a “who’s who” of the tech industry.

“In the past – such as the Samsung breach – its attacks have been characterized by the use of stolen code-signed certificates. These are real crown jewels for hackers, as they allow malicious files to masquerade as legitimate. If organisations do not properly secure the process and the infrastructure for managing code signing certificates, the likelihood of abuse, as well as the impact of any compromise, are both extremely high.”

I am sure even more details will appear in the coming days from Uber. Thus you can expect updates to this story. And likely new stories on Lapsus$ attacking other companies as well.

American Airlines Pwned By Hackers…. Customer Data Leaked

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 20, 2022 by itnerd

American Airlines has had to admit that they were pwned by hackers and customer data is in the wild. AP has the story:

American Airlines says personal information of a “very small number” of customers and employees was compromised after hackers breached some employee email accounts.

The airline said Tuesday that it has no indication that the attackers have misused any of the personal information.

American said the breach was discovered in July. The airline declined to say how precisely how many people had their personal information exposed or the nature of that information.

“American Airlines is aware of a phishing campaign that led to the unauthorized access to a limited number of team member mailboxes,” American spokesman Curtis Blessing said. “A very small number of customers and employees’ personal information was contained in those email accounts.

The way this statement was written by American Airlines leaves me with more questions than answers. Perhaps they don’t know the full extent of the breach. Or they do and simply don’t want to say. Either is plausible. John Gunn, CEO of Token takes this view:

 “The reputational damage from this breach will likely far exceed the out-of-pocket losses, especially in an industry where proper precautions and safety are paramount in customers’ selection of which airline they fly with.”

This is 100% true. And it likely doesn’t help that American Airlines is clearly being guarded about what it says. I would keep an eye on this story as I am sure that the airline will have to say more on this hack.

Salesforce Makes Three Announcements At Dreamforce

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 20, 2022 by itnerd

Dreamforce is happening this week in San Francisco, and Salesforce will have lots of announcements coming out of the conference. Three of them have already appeared. They are as follows:

Partnership with WhatsApp

Salesforce and WhatsApp announced a new strategic partnership that will allow businesses to connect with their customers and build new messaging experiences on WhatsApp. The WhatsApp-first business messaging will be a new way to sell, market, and support right from a conversation to increase customer engagement, accelerate sales, and drive better customer support outcomes. Key features:

  • Businesses can craft end-to-end customer journeys to offer seamless experiences as 90% of customers say the experience a company provides is as important as its products or services
  • Brands will be able to personalize marketing-driven interactions on WhatsApp in real-time using trusted first-party customer data
  • Reduction in support wait time and increased efficiency by using a combination of convenient automation and personal interactions via messaging on WhatsApp. 
  • Customizable message templates that include brand and product videos and images or showcase products and services with interactive messages that allow consumers to review and purchase products in WhatsApp.

Innovations to Slack

  • Slack Canvas is a new surface in the digital HQ that will transform how teams can curate, organize, and share critical resources. 
  • Slack huddles builds on its audio-first experience by offering teams lightweight video, multi-person screen sharing, message threads, and more to power live coworking sessions. 
  • The new Slack platform Developers and teams can transform work with new ways to automate tasks and connect siloed systems
  • Slack Partner Industry Solutions Slack-certified consulting partners are launching the first wave of industry-specific solutions for financial services, manufacturing, communications, retail, media, and technology.

Net Zero MarketplaceSalesforce introduced the Net Zero Marketplace, a trusted platform that makes carbon credit purchases simple and transparent, allowing organizations to accelerate climate positive impact at scale.

Key benefits:

  • Organizations can purchase carbon credits to help mitigate their direct emissions by investing in projects that avoid, reduce, or remove carbon from the atmosphere. 
  • At launch, Net Zero Marketplace will offer more than 60 projects across the world and buyers will be able to see project descriptions, alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, with official third-party ratings, all with the help of a strong partner network of ecopreneurs.
  • The Net Zero Marketplace will also provide detailed information about projects and other sustainability-related topics to any individual who wants to learn and engage in climate action.

There’s likely to be more coming from Dreamforce so stay tuned for updates.

Review: Spigen iPhone 14 Pro Screen Protector EZ FIT GLAS.tR 

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 20, 2022 by itnerd

When Apple shipped the iPhone 12 series, they brought forward “Ceramic Shield” to make the screen far more shatter resistant. However shatter resistance is inversely proportional to scratch resistance. In other words, your new and really expensive iPhone 14 has a screen that is more likely to scratch. Which means that you need a screen protector. That’s where the Spigen iPhone 14 Pro Screen Protector EZ FIT GLAS.tR comes in. Because replacing a screen protector is cheap. Replacing a screen is expensive.

Inside the box you get two screen protectors, a pack of screen cleaning wipes, microfibre cloth, dust removal tape, a squeegee, and instructions. The cool thing about this screen protector is that it is built into the tray which is exactly sized for your iPhone.

All of this means that installation should be pretty straightforward. And it is. Here’s what you do: 

  • First you need to remove your old screen protector if you have one and use one of the screen cleaning wipes to clean the screen. Then use the dust removal tape to remove any dust that’s left on the screen. 
  • Next is to put the installation tray on the screen after removing the backing tape on the screen protector.
  • Then you need to slide your finger up and down the channel in the middle of the screen protector to get rid of as many bubbles as possible.
  • Wait 30 seconds then pull the tab off. 
  • Then you remove the front tape and use the squeegee to get rid of any remaining bubbles. In my case there were a few.

Once you do that, you can declare victory and have a beer. Because if all goes right, you will get this result:

Unlike some of Spigen’s other screen protectors, this one covers the entire screen including the “Dynamic Island” which has the Face ID sensors. But it didn’t seem to affect Face ID in any way. You’ll also note that it has a tiny cutout for the speaker at the top of the phone.

One other thing that you should note is that this screen protector is not an edge to edge screen protector. That’s because it’s designed to be used with cases as an edge to edge screen protector may pop off if you use a case with it. I will be reviewing a number of cases this week so I’ll let you know if any of those cases become an issue with this screen protector.

The last thing that I note is that thus far, this screen protector seems to resist smudges and fingerprints, is easy to clean, and interacting with it doesn’t feel any different. All of which is a good thing. Now I didn’t test scratching it and seeing if it survives an impact. That’s because I would argue most of these screen protectors advertise 9H hardness as this one does and they tend to scratch with a 6 or 7 pick on the MOHS scale which is pretty tough. So any testing in this regard in my opinion is kind of irrelevant as you will get a decent amount of protection out of it as long as you don’t abuse it as long as you don’t buy something that’s too low on the food chain. Which this one is not. 

The Spigen EZ FIT GLAS.tR SLIM Screen Protector For The iPhone 14 Pro goes for $34.99 USD. It’s relatively easy to install, gives you great clarity, and should give you the protection that you need for the screen of your new iPhone 14 Pro.

Bell Announces The Availability Of Their 8 Gbps Fibre Tier Starting TODAY

Posted in Commentary on September 20, 2022 by itnerd

In a move that is sure to have Rogers execs freaking out, Bell has announced the availability of Bell Fibe Gigabit 8.0 starting today. Bell pure fibre Internet Gigabit 8.0 with symmetrical download and upload speeds of 8 Gbps is now available in eligible areas of Toronto, and the Bell Giga Hub with Wi-Fi 6E is also now available for customers throughout Ontario and Québec.

Bell pure fibre Internet Gigabit 8.0 Internet speeds deliver download speeds five times faster than cable technology and upload speeds 250 times faster than cable technology. These gigabit speeds are the fastest available on the market today among major Internet service providers (ISPs) in North America. With the largest fibre optic network in Canada and a full line up of gigabit speeds, Bell brings faster speeds to more households than any other provider.

Bell will continue to expand availability of Bell Fibe Gigabit 8.0 across its footprint over the coming months, in addition to continuing work on its aggressive fibre buildout, with plans to reach up to 900,000 more homes and businesses across much of Canada with direct fibre connections this year. This is part of Bell’s historic two-year capital expenditure program of almost $10 billion, now in its second year, to accelerate the rollout of its broadband fibre, 5G and rural networks.

Bell Fibe Gigabit 8.0 leverages the same simple integrated gateway as all Bell fibre-to-the-home installations, with no special devices or complex hardware configurations required to support the new, faster Internet speeds. In addition, Bell Wi-Fi pods are compatible with the Giga Hub for full coverage throughout the house. Bell Fibe Gigabit 8.0 is available for eligible customers starting at $135/month, which includes a credit of $15/month for a two-year period. For more details, visit

Now I did notice that in checking my address to see if I was eligible to get this new service (I am currently not able to get this but I expect that to change shortly), Bell appears to have discontinued their 1 Gbps tier. Now you seem to jump straight from their 500 Mbps tier to their 1.5 Gbps tier. That’s interesting.

Now whether you need these speeds or not is a completely different discussion. Which you can read about here. But Bell clearly has delivered on something that they have announced unlike Rogers who simply announces stuff but doesn’t deliver it in any meaningful way that the vast majority of their customers can see. Which is why Bell is set to dominate residential Internet and make Rogers an afterthought. Just like I’ve been saying for some time.

Fisker Partners w/ Wallbox for Global Home EV Charging 

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 20, 2022 by itnerd

 Fisker Inc. and Wallbox, a leading provider of electric vehicle and energy management solutions worldwide, name Wallbox as Fisker’s global partner for home EV charging solutions.

Fisker Ocean; Jellybean Photoshoot; 2022; Fisker Inc.; Wallbox

Fisker and Wallbox are partnering to offer Fisker EV owners Wallbox home EV chargers for purchase through the Fisker website in the U.S., Canada, and European launch markets. The Pulsar Plus, Wallbox’s best-selling charger worldwide and one of the smallest smart universal EV chargers, will be available to the North American market through Fisker.      

In Europe, Fisker will be the first OEM to offer Wallbox’s Pulsar Max charger, providing localized charging solutions to drivers in seven European countries. Like Pulsar Plus, Pulsar Max delivers top charging speeds and offers the full Wallbox energy management suite, including solar charging, so users can enjoy their EVs to the fullest.

Both chargers display customized Fisker and Wallbox logos and can be installed in homes, offices, and multi-unit dwellings to provide straightforward and efficient charging.

Fisker and Wallbox also plan to offer home installation services provided by Wallbox in Europe. In the U.S. and Canada, installation services will be provided by COIL, a recent Wallbox acquisition. 

Wallbox Pulsar Plus smart chargers will be available to Fisker Ocean reservation holders starting November 2022 in the U.S. and Canada. Wallbox Pulsar Max smart chargers will be available to Fisker Ocean reservation holders starting November 2022 in our European launch markets: Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden, and The United Kingdom. Pricing to be announced.

The Fisker Ocean, Fisker’s ground-breaking all-electric SUV, is available in three trim levels: Extreme, Ultra, and Sport. The top trim Fisker Ocean Extreme travels 350 miles on a single charge, with dual-motor, all-wheel-drive, three driving modes, Revolve 17.1″ rotating screen, SolarSky roof, California Mode, Smart Traction, and many first-to-market safety features, including the world’s first digital radar, all for $68,999 in the U.S. 

Production of the Fisker Ocean is on track for November 17, 2022, at a carbon-neutral factory in Graz, Austria. Deliveries to customers will begin shortly after.