Every day we get news of compromised systems, hacked companies, data breaches, leaks, vulnerabilities and exploits. As I have written before, these news themselves used to be spectacular, newsworthy and share-worthy, but nowadays they are not. They are so common that it would be pointless to even share them. It's the new normal.
One of the things that makes the highly successful Avengers and superhero series from Marvel a huge success is a make-believe universe that comes to life on screen. Being fans of a good science fiction show ourselves, one of the people we love the most is Tony Stark – especially for the development of Jarvis.
Massive data breaches are now a common thing. So common that I have largely stopped writing about most of them, simply because it happens too often and has become, unfortunately, the new normal. Still I feel that the data breach of British Airways, where the credit card and payment information of reportedly 380,000 customers was stolen, deserves a special mention.
The amount of legacy code and legacy systems out there in production is clearly very substantial. But it seems that the very concept of legacy is at times unclear and subjective. Where one company is actively investing in development of new software in a particular environment, another is investing to modernize away from it. Ideally we would be able to continuously update and upgrade our existing code as technology evolves and new platforms are introduced.
The Facebook "data breach that wasn't a data breach": Data of 50 million users was "legitimately" collected from users, and was then used in ways it wasn't supposed to be used. Government calls for regulation. European governments are already implementing data privacy controls. Are we now on the verge of a new age of privacy and control of our online presence?
Cloudflare is used by millions of websites on the Internet to add security and scalability to existing web properties. Now a bug in Cloudflare itself effected the opposite, and caused data to leak from possibly any or all Cloudflare customers through no other fault of their own.
The Finnish tax administration has recently started the rollout of their massive IT system modernization project, and despite spending more than 100 million Euros on the implementation, the results have now been characterized as "a complete failure". What happened?
Suomen Verohallinto on aloittanut asteittaisen käyttöönoton valtavalle tietojärjestelmiensä uusimishankkeelle, ja vaikka toteutukseen on käytetty yli 100 miljoonaa Euroa, tuloksia on nyt luonnehdittu termillä "täysi susi". Mitä tapahtui?
On February 1, 2017, it was reported that a sleepy system administrator accidentally deleted the production database of a majorly popular source code hosting site GitLab.com, which hosts the source code, version control and associated metadata of a lot of companies and organizations. Restoring the database from backups likewise failed, as apparently it just so happened that five different methods of backups had all failed for different reasons. What does this teach us?
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