Weekend Reads 022621

If you go back and examine all the steps taken to implement the shopping API in this series, you’ll see a purposeful decision to always stick to the simplest possible scenarios. In the process, you end up with the simplest possible solutions.

The Australian Domain Name Administration, AUDA, has recently published its quarterly report for the last quarter of 2020. The report contained the interesting snippet: “The rapid digitisation of our lives and economy – necessitated by COVID-19 – continued to underpin strong growth in .au registrations.”

As a developer, your company hired you to build incredible products that focus on your users’ and customers’ needs. Yet, in the age of microservices, producing the best products relies heavily on efficient cloud service connectivity.

Among the most recent breaches involving Microsoft 365, account takeovers have been the most prevalent attacker technique.

A LexisNexis Risk Solutions study, “Fraud Trends to Watch in 2021,” found the personal information of 45% of Americans was exposed in a data breach in the last five years, MediaPost reports.

“Observability” expands on that monitoring and enables correlation and inspection of the raw data to provide much deeper insights. With the proper instrumentation, observability allows an enterprise, both inside and outside of the security organization, to solve an extensive number of use cases.

As the world becomes more and more reliant on electronics, it’s worth a periodic reminder that a large solar flare could knock out much of the electronics on earth. Such an event would be devastating to the Internet, satellite broadband, and the many electronics we use in daily life.

The cellular companies have made an unprecedented push to get customers interested in 5G. Back in November, I recorded a college football game which enabled me to go back and count the twelve 5G commercials during the game.

In 2021, there are more reasons why people love Linux than ever before. In this series, I’ll share 21 different reasons to use Linux. This article discusses Linux’s influence on the security of open source software.

As most developers can attest, dealing with security protocols and identity tokens, as well as user and device authentication, can be challenging. Imagine having multiple protocols, multiple tokens, 200M+ users, and thousands of device types, and the problem can explode in scope.

Ransomware gangs made at least $350 million in ransom payments last year, in 2020, blockchain analysis firm Chainalysis said in a report last week.

In recent years, concerns about the erosion of trust and invasion of privacy have extended into nearly every interaction between customers, organizations, and devices. Lawmakers have continued to respond with new privacy and data protection laws that put pressure on the related industries.

When it comes to information security, most would agree that guessing is no substitute for knowing. While hope is not a strategy, many organizations employ this approach and don’t run a proof of concept when selecting a new security technology.

The Number Resources Organization (NRO) recently registered a Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP) profile with IANA for the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) community.

In December 2018, researchers at Google detected a group of hackers with their sights set on Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. Even though new development was shut down two years earlier, it’s such a common browser that if you can find a way to hack it, you’ve got a potential open door to billions of computers.