Welcome back to Head in the Clouds, my ongoing blog of the more interesting web articles we’ve been reading, with a focus on cloud computing and security. With all the information thrown your way constantly – why not take a look at what CloudLock has been reading, found compelling, or thinks is worth a look.
This week, we’re looking at DRM java and good news for Google.
Google Meets PCI-DSS.
Next up this week, our friends at Google have announced that the Google Cloud Platform is now fully compliant with PCI-DSS.
In the past Google has told developers that processing and storing credit cards in the cloud did not meet the Payment Card Industry standards, but this new release opens the door for companies like WePay to move their hosting fully into the cloud.
If you’re a developer, and looking to capitalize on this new announcement, Google is currently offering support to help with building on their platform.
Hackers again? This time: Coffee.
To wrap up this week, let’s take a look at a hack, but more of a on-premise variety.
Keurig, the coffee machine maker that might be brewing coffee in your company kitchen right now, has caught a lot of flack for its new brewers that use DRM to ensure only Keurig coffee pods are compatible.
Keurig’s company line is that using their pods ensures that the coffee, filters, and pod materials are all designed for optimal and warranty covered operations in the brewer. The internet’s general sentiment is that if a consumer has purchased the machine, they should be able to use it as they see fit. Thus, hackers arrive.
This article on Wired includes the “Keurig 2.0” video, where our hacker uses only tape and scissors to defeat this new system, all set to the Star Wars Imperial March theme. This video, along with other Keurig 2.0 Hack videos cover YouTube, and collectively amount to hundreds of thousands of views, so both the brewers and the drm workarounds seem quite popular.
While Keurig’s stance makes sense from a strictly business standpoint, the lawsuits they’re now facing, and hacks like this seem to imply that overall this might have been a bad move for the company. Still, a video about your coffee machine that gets two hundred thousand views on YouTube might keep people buying, and hacking, these machines all through the holiday season.
This has been Patrick Hellen, CloudLock’s Friendly Neighborhood Community Manager, and make sure you check in next week for another Head in the Clouds update with the best bite sized chunks of the cloud world.