Month: January 2021

Pardon the Intrusion #35: WhatsApp’s Messaging Mess

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Welcome to the latest edition of Pardon The Intrusion, TNW’s bi-weekly newsletter in which we explore the wild world of security.

Well, that escalated quickly.

After alerting users of a change in privacy policy earlier this month and kicking up a storm, WhatsApp has backed down— for now.

The in-app alert on January 6 urged users to agree to the new terms and conditions that grants the app the right to share with Facebook some personal data about them, such as their phone number and location. Users failing to agree to the revised

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Shared source won’t fix the AWS problem

I have a great deal of respect for my colleague Matt Asay, who works for Amazon Web Services and writes week after week about the advantages and virtues of open source. However, this is not to say that I agree with him.

In fact, I would suggest I more commonly disagree with him on a great many things, including his most recent column suggesting “shared source” or license tricks might be a solution for the competitive problem created by Amazon Web Services specifically and cloud computing generally.

I do not just disagree with him. I think that, like his

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Update your iPhone to iOS 14.4 right now to protect it from active bug exploits

Get up from the bed, and update your iPhone right now. Apple has released its iOS 14.4 update with fixes to three critical vulnerabilities that are possibly being exploited as we speak.

The iPhone maker hasn’t listed too many details about the bugs, apart from saying that they “may have been actively exploited.” One vulnerability is related to the kernel where the attacker could increase their privilege level (like becoming an admin) and cause serious damage to your device or steal your data. 

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The other two anomalies

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Extending Azure Functions with custom handlers

Another benefit of the hyperscale clouds is their operational expertise and their infrastructure design. They can spin up a new server instance in seconds, providing compute on demand. And with container technologies, they’re able to quickly switch in new isolated environments and scale them up as necessary.

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That’s where serverless technologies come in, building on those skills and the processes to rapidly launch small, stateless processes as necessary. Like much cloud-native development, these serverless processes are event driven, responding to messages, processing their contents, and passing

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When Kubernetes is not the solution

Kubernetes is just the latest example of a powerful technology that can provide a solid solution in many instances. Although it may seem like all the cool kids are choosing Kubernetes-related technology, it’s not right for every application. When a technology has such a huge following that its use becomes a forgone conclusion, that’s when mistakes are made and projects get derailed. 

Most enterprises that are moving to cloud-based platforms will consider using containers and Kubernetes. Many enterprises using cloud already are also using Kubernetes. Kubernetes does provide many resources that make it easier to manage and scale distributed systems,

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Birdwatch is Twitter’s new community-based fact checker

Twitter has tried a variety of fact-checking measures in the past few years, but these normally only apply to tweets from prominent accounts or popular topics. Now the company wants to add context and labels to more tweets by implementing a community-driven fact-checking system called Birdwatch.

To start, a group of contributors will be able to “respond quickly when misleading information spreads, adding context that people trust and find valuable.” Currently, this context will be available on a dedicated Birdwatch page, but the eventual goal is to make these notes available right on Twitter once “there is a

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