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Former Amazon employee convicted of stealing data from more than 100M people – KIRO 7 News Seattle


SEATTLE — A former Amazon Web Services engineer was found guilty Friday of stealing data from more than 100 million people when she hacked Capital One three years ago.

Paige Thompson, who worked for the software giant until 2016, was convicted Friday of seven federal crimes, including wire fraud, illegally accessing a protected computer and damaging a protected computer, CNBC reported.

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While the wire fraud conviction carries up to 20 years in prison, the two lessor charges are each punishable by as many as five years in prison.

According to a news release issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s western district of Washington, the jury found Thompson not guilty of aggravated identity theft and access device fraud. The panel deliberated for 10 hours.

Prosecutors argued at trial that Thompson created a tool to search for misconfigured AWS accounts, allowing her to hack into accounts from more than 30 Amazon clients, including Capital One. In addition to mining the data she found in the compromised accounts, Thompson was also accused of using her access to some of the retail behemoth’s servers to mine cryptocurrency for her personal benefit, CNBC reported.

“She wanted data, she wanted money, and she wanted to brag,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Friedman said of Thompson during his closing arguments, the network reported.

According to The Verge, Thompson’s breach, one of the largest on record, exposed the names, birth dates, social security numbers, email addresses and phone numbers of more than 100 million U.S. and Canadian residents.

Capital One has since been fined $80 million in regulatory fines for allegedly failing to secure users’ data and settled with affected customers for $190 million, the technology news outlet reported.

“Far from being an ethical hacker trying to help companies with their computer security, (Thompson) exploited mistakes to steal valuable data and sought to enrich herself,” U.S. Attorney Nick Brown stated in the news release confirming her conviction.

Thompson is slated to be sentenced Sept. 15.

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Blink vs Ring: which Amazon security camera system is best?


Blink vs Ring – choosing between two of the biggest names in home security cameras and video doorbells is not easy. And particularly so, as both companies are owned by Amazon.

It’s never been easier to build a camera system to protect your home, but never have there been so many genuinely different choices. The challenge facing you if you’re buying for the first time is epitomized by the fact that while Amazon have shipped tens of millions of digital assistants, there is only one Alexa, but they’re currently taking two approaches to home security: Blink and Ring.

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Amazon Web Services to set up local zone in Hà Nội


VIETNAM, February 19 –  

Amazon Web Services Inc is to launch a new AWS Local Zone in Hà Nội. — Photo Courtesy Amazon Web Services Inc

HCM CITY — Amazon Web Services Inc (AWS) has announced plans to launch a new AWS Local Zone in Hà Nội. 

AWS Local Zones place AWS compute, storage, database, and other services at the edge of the cloud near large populations, industries, and information technology centres, enabling customers to deploy applications that require single-digit millisecond latency closer to end users and on-premises data centres. 

They allow customers to use core AWS services locally while seamlessly connecting to the rest of their workloads running in AWS Regions with the same elasticity, pay-as-you-go model, application programming interfaces (APIs), and toolsets. 

The Hà Nội facility will give customers in Việt Nam the ability to offer end users single-digit millisecond performance designed to suit applications such as remote real-time gaming, media and entertainment content creation, live video streaming, engineering simulations, augmented and virtual reality, and machine learning inference at the edge. 

Since the company manages and supports the zones, customers do not need to spend money and effort for procuring, operating and maintaining infrastructure to support low-latency applications. 

The Hà Nội facility will join 16 AWS Local Zones in the US and 31 others planned to be launched in 25 countries starting this year.

“AWS Local Zones will empower more public and private organisations, innovative start-ups, and AWS partners to deliver a new generation of leading edge, low-latency applications to end users, taking advantage of the cost savings, scalability, and high availability that AWS provides,” Conor…

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