Hashtag Trending, June 22, 2021 – Hacking water facilities; Amazon Prime Day; IBM Toronto Office
With files from Samira Balsara
Water hacks are getting bigger, Amazon Prime Day is no party for workers, and IBM is opening a new office in Toronto.
It’s all the biz / tech news that’s popular right now. Welcome to Hashtag Trend! It’s Tuesday June 22nd and I’m your host Alex Coop.
50,000 Pending Safety Disasters: America’s Water Supply Problem: “If you could imagine a community center run by two old plumbers, this is your average water plant,” a consultant said in cybersecurity. of Technology
The United States is experiencing a growing number of cyber attacks against water facilities. Water utilities may be the most vulnerable to hackers, according to an NBC report. You don’t have to go back that far to cite concrete examples: in January, a hacker attempted to poison a wastewater treatment plant in San Francisco Bay. This attack was soon followed by another in Florida where the hacker elevated sodium hydroxide levels in drinking water to toxic levels. Both incidents occurred because the hacker was able to access a TeamViewer account used by many water facilities. These attacks are difficult to control because there is no federal or industrial accounting for the safety of water treatment plants and many water facilities are not operated by for-profit companies like electricity. . More than 50,000 water supply facilities in the United States are non-profit entities. [NBC]
Jeff Bezos’ life during the pandemic:
– $ 78 billion more
– ordered a super-yacht
– go to space
The lives of Amazon workers:
– no risk premium
– no paid sick leave
– spied on
– Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) June 21, 2021
Amazon’s annual “vacation” has kicked off in the US and UK, but the latest social media chatter isn’t about bargains. The two-day event called Prime Day, is where Amazon users get access to deep discounts on a variety of products. While this is fun for buyers, the day is often a nightmare for Amazon frontline workers. Prime Day means mandatory overtime for warehouse workers. Shifts are often extended from 12 to 12 hours. While poor working conditions in Amazon’s warehouses are not new information, the continued pressure its workers face as demand for products only soars remains a huge problem. A worker told Jacobin (Jack-o-bin) that he would be forced to work 55 hours during these peak periods. A former Amazon employee mentioned that she was previously required to work 24 hours straight on bonus day. As other countries prepare for a busy day, Amazon workers in Canada won’t do it like Amazon Canada did Prime Day Break due to concerns related to COVID-19. [Jacobin]
Finally, IBM Canada announced a new office in Toronto. The company revealed Monday that it will merge four large Toronto offices into one workspace in a major downtown Toronto location. The new office will include a customer showcase center for AI and hybrid cloud. IBM says there will be collaboration spaces for employees and customers and space for IBM Garage, an incubator to accelerate digital transformation. The space is expected to welcome new employees who will fill 500 vacant positions in the GTA. Since January, IBM Canada has filled approximately 1,200 positions, including 250 for students.
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