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Private Cloud Server Market May Set a New Epic Growth Story | Microsoft, Google, Amazon.com

The Latest Released Private Cloud Server market study has evaluated the future growth potential of the Global Private Cloud Server industry and provides information and useful stats on market structure and size. The report is intended to provide market intelligence and strategic insights to help decision-makers take sound investment decisions and identify potential gaps and growth opportunities. Additionally, the report also identifies and analyses changing dynamics, emerging trends along with essential drivers, challenges, opportunities, and restraints in the Private Cloud Server market.

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Private Cloud Server Market Overview
Over the past few decades, data privacy and data breach constraints have been increased drastically with the introduction of numerous data-stealing techniques. This has drastically upsurged the demand for private cloud servers across the globe. In addition to this, these servers perform comparatively more softly than public clouds. These clouds are capable of catering to the need for on-demand and complex computing services. However, the availability of cheaper cloud solutions will ultimately stagnate the demand for Private Cloud Servers.

Major Players in This Report Include:

Amazon.com, Inc. (United States),

Microsoft Corporation (United States),

Google LLC (United States),

Dropbox Inc. (United States),

Seagate Technology PLC (United States),

Egnyte (United States),

Buffalo Technology (Melco Holdings Inc.) (Japan),

SpiderOak (United States),

MEGA Limited (New Zealand),

D-Link Corporation (Taiwan)

 

300K Leaked Data Goldmine for Scammers Amazon Shopify | efani SAFE

Security researchers have found a misconfigured cloud-hosted database leaking over 300,000 records, including sensitive personal information on e-commerce buyers.

A team at Safety Detectives found the leaky Elasticsearch database on July 25 this year but claimed the content had been exposed without any password protection or encryption since November 2020.

Its efforts to close the leak have so far proven unsuccessful, after hosting firm Alibaba did not reply to the team’s outreach, and the identity of the database owner remains a mystery.

All Safety Detectives has been able to ascertain from the 500MB data leak is that the owner is a Chinese ERP provider serving businesses that sell goods on platforms like Amazon and Shopify.

Around half of the 329,000 exposed records contained buyers’ names, phone numbers, email, billing, and delivery addresses, according to the report. In some cases, seller names, email addresses, and billing information were also leaked.

German, French, and Danish e-commerce customers featured among the haul, with as many as 150,000 potentially exposed, the report claimed.

The leaked data would be a goldmine for scammers, who are past masters at reusing personal information in follow-on phishing and identity fraud attempts designed to elicit more sensitive financial info.

“Home addresses are available on the database too. This makes home invasion/burglary a real possibility if personally identifiable information (PII) is sold on to other criminals. Thieves may target users who make high-value orders in the hope the victim’s house is full of expensive goods,” the report claimed.

“Theft of ordered goods is another risk associated with leaked order details. Tracking links, shipment times, courier information, delivery addresses, and order information provide criminals with enough data to intercept and steal a user’s ordered goods.”

If the database owner is finally tracked down, they could face investigation from regulators of both the GDPR and China’s new equivalent legislation, the Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL).

Shopify powers a lot of the e-commerce world. As a result, both consumers and business owners face the prospect of scams. After all, where there is money to be made, there are individuals looking to take advantage.

Fortunately, as Shopify continues to flourish, the platform certainly offers way more good than bad. However, everyone should be aware of the downsides (like everywhere on the internet) of a massive platform. To help, a few of the most well-known Shopify scams target consumers and business owners.

Off Platform Sales Scam
A common scheme starts off with a trusted purchase process. The so-called direct client scheme turns into a scam as routine purchases move off the e-commerce platform. For example, a “real” site with true inventory seeks consumers. Customers find the site and make a purchase. The scam site sells and delivers the merchandise as expected.

Everyone is happy. However, after a few purchases, the scammers reach out and request a sale completed off the trusted platform due to excessive fees. The consumer makes the purchase, but the merchandise is never provided. In the end, the scammer makes a little profit from each good sale and then a lot on the final sale.

 

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Amazon’s Dark Secret: It Has Failed to Protect Your Data

On September 26, 2018, a row of tech executives filed into a marble- and wood-paneled hearing room and sat down behind a row of tabletop microphones and tiny water bottles. They had all been called to testify before the US Senate Commerce Committee on a dry subject—the safekeeping and privacy of customer data—that had recently been making large numbers of people mad as hell.

Committee chair John Thune, of South Dakota, gaveled the hearing to order, then began listing events from the past year that had shown how an economy built on data can go luridly wrong. It had been 12 months since the news broke that an eminently preventable breach at the credit agency Equifax had claimed the names, social security numbers, and other sensitive credentials of more than 145 million Americans. And it had been six months since Facebook was engulfed in scandal over Cambridge Analytica, a political intelligence firm that had managed to harvest private information from up to 87 million Facebook users for a seemingly Bond-villainesque psychographic scheme to help put Donald Trump in the White House.

To prevent abuses like these, the European Union and the state of California had both passed sweeping new data privacy regulations. Now Congress, Thune said, was poised to write regulations of its own. “The question is no longer whether we need a federal law to protect consumers’ privacy,” he declared. “The question is, what shape will that law take?” Sitting in front of the senator, ready to help answer that question, were representatives from two telecom firms, Apple, Google, Twitter, and Amazon.

Notably absent from the lineup was anyone from Facebook or Equifax, which had been grilled by Congress separately. So for the assembled execs, the hearing marked an opportunity to start lobbying for friendly regulations—and to assure Congress that, of course, their companies had the issue completely under control.

No executive at the hearing projected quite as much aloof confidence on this count as Andrew DeVore, the representative from Amazon, a company that rarely testifies before Congress. After the briefest of greetings, he began his opening remarks by quoting one of his company’s core maxims to the senators: “Amazon’s mission is to be Earth’s most customer-centric company.” It was a stock line, but it made the associate general counsel sound a bit like he was speaking as an emissary from a larger and more important planet.

DeVore, a former prosecutor with rugged features, made clear that what Amazon needed most from lawmakers was minimal interference. Consumer trust was already Amazon’s highest priority, and a commitment to privacy and data security was sewn into everything the company did. “We design our products and services so that it’s easy for customers to understand when their data is being collected and control when it’s shared,” he said. “Our customers trust us to handle their data carefully and sensibly.”

On this last point, DeVore was probably making a safe assumption. That year, a study by Georgetown University found Amazon to be the second-most-trusted institution in the United States, after the military. But as companies like Facebook have learned in recent years, public trust can be fragile. And in hindsight, what’s most interesting about Amazon’s 2018 testimony is what DeVore did not say.

At that very moment inside Amazon, the division charged with keeping customer data safe for the company’s retail operation was in a state of turmoil: understaffed, demoralized, worn down from frequent changes in leadership, and—by its own leaders’ accounts—severely handicapped in its ability to do its job. That year and the one before it, the team had been warning Amazon’s executives that the retailer’s information was at risk. And the company’s own practices were fanning the danger.

According to internal documents reviewed by Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting and WIRED, Amazon’s vast empire of customer data—its metastasizing record of what you search for, what you buy, what shows you watch, what pills you take, what you say to Alexa, and who’s at your front door—had become so sprawling, fragmented, and promiscuously shared within the company that the security division couldn’t even map all of it, much less adequately defend its borders.

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