Mailchimp fraudulently charged my credit card for spambot activity… Really!

via GIPHY Wait seriously, you ask? Isn’t Mailchimp in the business of identifying, and protecting us from spam? Uh, yes indeed they are. Join 35,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. I’m still in disbelief myself. And while I got the problem cleared up in the end, I really have to share the …

Locking down cloud systems from disgruntled engineers

I worked at a customer last year, on a short term assignment. A brilliant engineer had built their infrastructure, automated deployments, and managed all the systems. Sadly despite all the sleepless nights, and dedication, they hadn’t managed to build up good report with management. Join 32,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. I’ve …

Does FedRAMP formalize what good devops already do?

Amazon’s GovCloud provides a specialized region within Amazon’s global footprint of datacenters. These are hosted within the United States, and provide a subset of the full Amazon cloud functionality. Join 32,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. However, hosting within GovCloud is not the whole story. Beyond this, you’ll want to implement FedRAMP …

Secrets of a happy Amazon hacker – IAM, MFA & locking down your account

If you’re still using a password to login to your AWS account it’s time you batten down the hatches. With a little work you can dramatically improve security. 1. install command line tools First get ahold of the aws comand line tools. They’re python based so you’ll need the package manager “pip” first. $ curl …

Lulzsec, Anonymous and the sorry state of internet security

If you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past few years, you might not have heard of Anonymous, the headline grabbing hacker group that’s famous for attacking citibank, ebay, Sony, the FBI, CIA and the websites of various world governments. Parmy Olson takes us on a ride, through tales that are riveting, and quite …

5 startup & scalability blogs I never miss – week 2

Join 11,500 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. Hunter Walk – Startups If you want to have your finger on the pulse of startup land, there aren’t many better places to start than Hunter Walk’s 99% humble writings. Google finds his top posts on topics like AngelList, Advisors, and reinventing the movie theatre. …

Oracle to MySQL Migration Considerations

There are a lot of forms of transportation, from walking to bike riding, motorcycles and cars to busses, trains and airplanes.  Each mode of transport will get you from point a to point b, but one may be faster, or more comfortable and another more cost effective.  It’s important to keep in mind when comparing …

Managing Security in Amazon Web Services

Security is on everyone’s mind when talking about the cloud.  What are some important considerations? For the web operations team: AWS has no perimeter security, should this be an overriding concern? How do I manage authentication keys? How do I harden my machine images? ** Original article — Intro to EC2 Cloud Deployments ** Amazon’s …

Review: Cloud Application Architectures

George Reese’s book doesn’t have the catchiest title, but the book is superb.  One thing to keep in mind, it is not a nuts and bolts or howto type of book.  Although there is a quick intro to EC2 APIs etc, you’re better off looking at the AWS docs, or Jeff Barr’s book on the …

Tracking the Wily Proxy Hackers

Recently the server that hosts our business was hacked. This interrupted the service of twelve different websites we host, as well as our corporate mail. Needless to say it caused us plenty of headaches, sleepless nights, and frustrating hours. In retrospect, however it has instilled a greater appreciation for computer security, a greater awareness, and …