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Yesterday, cyber resilience startup, UpGuard, issued a report that as many as 14 million U.S. Verizon customers have fallen victim to a hack that stole their names, addresses, account details, and PINs. The startup claims to have first notified Verizon on June 13th of the hack, citing a "misconfigured cloud-based file repository" as the cause.

In reply, Verizon has stated that there has been no loss or theft of customer information and that only 6 million customers may be at risk due to an informational cloud storage move where a third-party employee made external access available. Latest reports urge Verizon customers to update their Verizon PINs in order to safeguard their accounts.

Stay tuned for more information on what happened in this attack and how to safeguard your accounts.
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This article matches my experience with regards to GCP Firebase vs AWS Lambda. The TLDR is that AWS is better for testing but Firebase is way less complicated overall. For personal projects I'll be sticking with Firebase as much as I can.

https://medium.com/@ste.grider/serverless-showdown-aws-lambda-vs-firebase-google-cloud-functions-cc7529bcfa7d
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by:Brian Matis
That's awesome! I used to maintain a candy dish in the office and it would occasionally run dry... Applying the beer tracking system would have been handy. I may have to start up that candy dish again just to do this project! Plus, it'd be a better way to understand popularity of various candy by tracking the consumption rates (I had a spreadsheet to note when I refilled and what candy I added to sort of track that, but the real-time monitoring would be even better.)
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I ran into a super-annoying iCloud drive sync issue this weekend when setting up a new MacBook Pro. Not 100% sure how I got into the scenario but basically, the system ended up throwing a bunch of files on my desktop that I wanted to get rid of, and then when I deleted them, they'd just come right back a few minutes later!

The solution was to turn off iCloud drive sync, wait a few moments, then turn it back on. The files came back, but this time, the ones I wanted to get rid of stayed deleted when I removed them.

I suspect that the sync got, uh, out of sync due to iCloud not quite being done with the initial setup sync when I removed the files. So when it saw they were gone, it didn't realize it was intentional and kept trying to bring them back. In any case, super glad that this variation of "turn it off and back on again" really did clear up the problem :-)
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by:Kyle Santos
I spent 5 minutes trying to figure that out but couldn't figure out how to do that.  The messaging is rather ambiguous when I check or uncheck boxes in iCloud settings.  IMO, its not an ideal user interface.  I believe I've just turned it off for now.  Besides, anything I do have on my mac I have been using Time Machine and transferring important files to my WD 2TB passport drive.

Dammit.  Although that would be useful to not have to do both of those things...either pay for more iCloud storage, or do those two things.  Decisions, decisions. :)
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by:Brian Matis
I'll have to take a look when I'm at home and see if I can find where that setting was (or if I just imagined it...)
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And if you're really looking for a redundant backup for your GoPro - this is the newest edition to my family.  Turn it on, pop in the SD card, and backup is complete!

https://www.wdc.com/products/portable-storage/my-passport-wireless-pro.html
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Nice.  I shared that with a buddy of mine who uses his GoPro on his drone.
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