We decided to make a Simple tool that can help Amazon S3 users quickly check their S3 buckets for public access. The tool gives users a report that they can then use to shut down any unwanted public access to the S3 buckets and the valuable data they contain. This free tool can provide an extra layer of security so that users can be confident that their data is well-protected and is not accessible or being downloaded by unauthorised users.
It’s amazing what effect a little public scrutiny has on government overreach. In the wake of inauguration day protests, the DOJ started fishing for information from internet service providers. First, it wanted info on all 1.2 million visitors of a protest website hosted by DreamHost. After a few months of bad publicity and legal wrangling, the DOJ was finally forced to severely restrict its demands for site visitor data.
Things went no better with the warrants served to Facebook. These demanded a long list of personal information and communications from three targeted accounts, along with the names of 6,000 Facebook users who had interacted with the protest site’s Facebook page. Shortly before oral arguments were to be heard in the Washington DC court, the DOJ dropped its gag order.