Link Roundup – 29 May 2019

Here are some links around the internet related to blockchain, cybersecurity, AI and free/open source software.

How Football Leaks is exposing corruption in European Soccer: interesting story about someone who leaked info to the press about corruption. On the one hand, it’s good to shine a light on corruption and increase transparency. On the other hand, it’s a cautionary tale for cybersecurity, especially with the amount of data that was leaked:

Before the reporter left, Pinto gave him two hard drives, containing eight hundred gigabytes of data. In the following three years, Pinto supplied Der Spiegel with four terabytes of confidential information, more than eighty-eight million documents—a leak almost twice the size of the Panama Papers and sixty times that of Edward Snowden’s. The information provided by Pinto has led to the conviction of dozens of top soccer players for tax evasion.

Another issue with Docker, this time a bug allows root access from the guest operating system to the host’s file system. I guess this is why it isn’t advisable to run code in Docker as root?

The bug is the result of the way that the Docker software handles some symbolic links, which are files that have paths to other directories or files. Researcher Aleksa Sarai discovered that in some situations, an attacker can insert his own symlink into a path during a short time window between the time that the path has been resolved and the time it is operated on. This is a variant of the time of check to time of use (TOCTOU) problem, specifically with the “docker cp” command, which copies files to and from containers.

Demand for development tools is growing rapidly as more companies develop their own software: it looks like that we finally have more companies realizing that the heart of their business is software and automation and that better coding tools lead to increased productivity, lowered costs.

In a report last week, analysts for Cowen & Co. estimated a market of $24 billion by 2023 for software tools designed for DevOps—the discipline of adding more automation and collaboration to software development. Morgan Stanley analysts took an even more expansive view in their own report on the same day, projecting a $50 billion market by 2022 for DevOps tools and other related services. The Morgan Stanley note cited several companies that already have used DevOps to significantly speed up their development processes. Retailer Target , for instance, used to take 24 hours to deploy new code into production; it now does so in just a few minutes, according to the report.

CryptoKitties & dice games fail to lure users to dapps: interesting article about the hunt for a “killer app” for decentralized apps on the blockchain.

Developers have created some 2,700 dapps that have enough data to be trackable, according to a website called State of the DApps. Only three of them have more than 10,000 daily active users. The most active dapp on any platform most recently was Endless Dice, a gambling dapp on the EOS platform that had 28,000 active users on Tuesday. A big problem is a lack of compelling dapps. About 30 of the top 50 dapps, rated by transaction volume, are gambling apps, according to State of the DApps. By that measure, the top dapp for the past week is EOSJacks, a gambling app on EOS. While about $29 million changed hands on the dapp, it had just 26 daily active users.

My opinion is that it’s decentralized for a reason, the goal isn’t mass adoption. It’s to avoid all the headaches of current centralized models. For instance, the development and legal costs could be much lower. One important difference is that there’s no one taking their cut of fees from a dapp in comparison to mobiles apps where Google or Apple their cut through the app store.

Honeywell is using blockchain distributed ledger for their used aircraft parts marketplace.

Amazon defeated Rekognition revolt by a large margin: An attempted shareholder revolt over Amazon’s sale of facial recognition technology to the police mustered less than 3% of votes cast at the firm’s annual general meeting.

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