briefly informed 02/26/2021: data leak, Lieferando, framework, robot dog

A lot of student data was unprotected online: The reason for this was a huge data leak in the school cloud of the Hasso Plattner Institute. External users could have accessed the system via a demo account, and an unsecured endpoint revealed confidential links to files from teachers and students – from assignment sheets to videos. This is what Europe’s largest IT and tech magazine c’t reports in its current issue 6/2021. After the notification, the institute reacted in an exemplary manner and eliminated the problems.

Lieferando, the platform for food orders, has registered 50,000 .de domains, some of which are very similar to the addresses of real restaurants. Lieferando has set up shadow websites under 18,000 addresses and accepts orders for the real restaurant there. The restaurant has to pay commission for every order placed. The Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR) researched this and evaluated data from the IT security company Domaintools. While some view the web pages that Lieferando calls “mini-sites” as advertisements, others are annoyed by them. The Bundeskartellamt has stated that it is monitoring the market development.

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The Californian company Framework, founded in San Francisco in 2019, has announced a laptop that should last a long time thanks to easily replaceable and upgradeable components and avoid electronic waste. The 13.5-inch notebook remains relatively handy and light. With this notebook, the company Framework wants to show that recycled components, repairability, upgradeability and waste avoidance do not have to come at the expense of performance, quality and design. Delivery is planned for the summer.

Once again, the New York police have tested a copy of the Boston Dynamics “robot dog” spot at a scene. This is reported by the online portal Freedom News, which has also published a longer video showing the robot. The New York City Police Department has since confirmed the operation, pointing out that robots have been used in certain scenarios for decades, such as hostage-taking or incidents involving dangerous goods. Spot is currently being tested and compared to other models.


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