Weekly Cloud News Roundup: Amazon Managed Blockchain Available to US East Users; Auto Industry Downplays Car-Hacking

Weekly Cloud News Roundup: Amazon Managed Blockchain Available to US East Users; Auto Industry Downplays Car-Hacking

Each week we’ll bring you an overview of the latest news in cloud computing, cybersecurity and industrial IoT over the past seven days. This week we’re focused on a new AWS Managed Blockchain and a cyberattack in the auto industry. 

Amazon Managed Blockchain Available to US East Users

AWS has recently announced that Amazon Managed Blockchain is now available for production use in the US East (N. Virginia) Region. Users in the Eastern US can use it to create scalable blockchain networks.

The blockchain networks that users create with Amazon Managed Blockchain can span multiple AWS accounts so that a group of members can execute transactions and share data without a central authority.

Learn how AWS Managed Blockchain works.

Slack to Spend at Least $250 Million on Amazon Web Services over Five Years — Less than Pinterest or Lyft

In 2018, Slack signed an agreement with AWS to spend at least $50 million a year over five years, for a total of at least $250 million, according to the company’s filing with the SEC for a public stock listing. As of Jan. 31, the contract has a remaining minimum payment of $212.5 million. Slack said it uses AWS, the leading public cloud vendor, “as our processing and delivery infrastructure.”

Learn how much Slack and other big tech companies are spending on AWS.

Auto Industry Says Cybersecurity is a Significant Concern as Cars Become More Automated

The auto industry is downplaying the immediate risk of car-hacking after a report about a cyber-intruder’s use of GPS trackers that allowed him to monitor the location of thousands of vehicles in commercial fleets and even turn off their engines.

Motherboard reported last week that the hacker — identified only by the handle L&M — cracked more than 7,000 iTrack accounts and more than 20,000 Protrack accounts that some companies use to manage their commercial fleets through GPS signals.

Read more about how this hack affects auto industries as they incorporate more technology into their vehicles.

‘Open and Transparent’: Huawei Canada Responds to Security Concerns About 5G Network

As Canada looks to build its 5G wireless network, concerns are mounting in regards to the involvement of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei and what that would mean for Canada’s cybersecurity.

The concerns rest on the possibility of a Chinese company having access to the core of the country’s telecommunications systems. But Huawei Canada’s chief security officer Olivera Zatezalo disagrees that there is a security risk and denies any relationship with the Chinese government.

Read the full interview with Huawei’s Chief Security Officer.

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