Issue #12: Facebook on AWS, Petya, Nyancat & more

Published July 2 2017 · Edit on GitHub

Happy Sunday everyone! More ransomeware fallout from Petya this week, along with some milestones for Let’s Encrypt.

Talking about milestones, Job Snijders on twitter managed to make a Nyancat using BGP. Frigging awesome.

Tool of the week - Magic Wormhole

Magic Wormhole is a neat little tool by GitHub user warner. Magic Wormhole provides a binary/library to send arbitrary-sized files and directories (or short pieces of text) from one computer to another. Decentralised using relays its a neat little tool to get files from one place to another.


Is it possible to host Facebook on AWS?

Kicking off this week of articles with some interesting speculation on whether it would be possible to host Facebook on AWS.

Petya madness

I’m giving these articles its own little section since there were so many people covering it.

Microsoft analysis

Microsoft have done a full analytics of Petya on tech net which is a great place to start although it is heavily technical, continue below for a thinner rundown.

Petya Ransomware Without The Fluff

This post by Binary Defense goes into what happens once you’ve been struck, how it goes about infecting its target and how to protect yourself.

I also found these two posts by Comae Technologies and Hive Intelligence that cover much the same information as the above two posts but are still worth a read.

Deconstructing the Google Analytics tracking script

As Google Analytics is found across more and more of the web this post dives into what the JavaScript powering it actually does.

Let’s Encrypt hits 100 million certificates issued

Exciting times for Let’s Encrypt as they’ve now deployed 100 million certificates and hit 58% encrypted web!

US DOJ asks the Supreme Court to give it permission to search foreign Data Centers

In political news, the US DOJ has asked the supreme courts to overturn two rulings by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in its decision that Microsoft didn’t need to hand over communications stored in foreign data centres. (Source)