Review: By-the-numbers ‘Ocean’s 8’ covers familiar territory

first_img This image released by Warner Bros. shows, from foreground left, Sandra Bullock Sarah Paulson, Rihanna, Cate Blanchett and Awkwafina in a scene from “Ocean’s 8.” (Barry Wetcher/Warner Bros. via AP) So why not, 17 years later, fix that egregious oversight by gathering up a few Oscar and Emmy winners and nominees, a Grammy-winner and a buzzy comedienne to keep that Ocean’s franchise going and acknowledge the other half of the human population? If only “Ocean’s 8 ” was as a fresh and smart as that first one. (Hint: It’s not for lack of star charisma or talent.)Sandra Bullock anchors the cast as Debbie Ocean, the never-before-mentioned sister of George Clooney’s Danny Ocean, who has taken up the family business to varying degrees of success (we meet her in a parole hearing) and prefers to work without “hims.” ”Hers,” she later explains, can go unnoticed.And indeed, Debbie uses what could be a handicap very much to her advantage in a rollicking shoplifting spree at Bergdorf’s. It helps, of course, when you look like Sandra Bullock and you happen to have left jail in full hair, makeup and cocktail dress. But it’s still quite a bit of fun seeing her act the part of a wealthy and entitled shopper who tries to demand a refund for the items she’s literally just pinched from their shelves. 90 percent of her method is simply looking like she belongs and taking advantage of the privileges that affords her.Don’t expect this level of class or gender commentary from the rest of the film, however. “Ocean’s 8” suffers from a bit of tonal whiplash. Half the time it seems to be veering into grotesque “Sex and the City” worship of brands and celebrity.Debbie’s plan is to steal a $150 million diamond necklace. In order to do so, she and her assembled team of savants have to first infiltrate the orbit of a vapid celeb, Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway), and convince her to wear said necklace to the Met Gala, where they’ll steal it and divide the earnings accordingly (a cool $16.5 million each).The team includes Lou (Cate Blanchett), who dresses like a glam rocker and spends her time watering down well vodka for profit; Rose Weil (Helena Bonham Carter), a kooky past-her-prime fashion designer desperate for a comeback; a jeweler in a rut, Amita (Mindy Kaling); Nine Ball (Rihanna), a hacker in dreadlocks; Constance (Awkwafina), a pickpocket; and Tammy (Sarah Paulson), a suburban mom who can’t quite quit her white collar crime ways.While Blanchett and Bullock are predictably solid in their roles and get at least a few memorable moments of worthy banter, it’s Hathaway who really steals the film with a wickedly on-point satiric turn a spoiled star. It is Hathaway’s Miranda Priestly moment, and could have only been made better had she gone full-meta and played a character named “Anne Hathaway.”The celebrity skewering is first-rate, but, for the most part, if you’ve seen Soderbergh’s “Ocean’s Eleven,” you’ve basically seen “Ocean’s 8” too. Director and co-writer Gary Ross (“The Hunger Games”) follows familiar story beats and attempts, unsuccessfully, to ape Soderbergh’s filmmaking style. And his glimpse inside the Met Gala makes that famously glamorous event look awfully pedestrian.It also doesn’t help that the stakes never seem all that real in “Ocean’s 8,”and when they do finally get an adversary, in a detective played by James Corden, it’s more for laughs.There was a danger to “Ocean’s Eleven” and a thrill in seeing that team succeed. Here, none of the women seem to have any fallibility at all, and you never find yourself doubting whether or not they can pull it off. Perhaps there is something subversive to the idea that all Debbie has to do is social shame two security guys from entering a women’s restroom, but we’re there for a something more elaborate too.That’s kind of the overall problem of “Ocean’s 8.” It’s all predicated on the fact that women are often underestimated. But in making that point, it’s also somehow underestimated the audience who still should be entitled to a smart, fun heist, no matter who is pulling it off.“Ocean’s 8,” a Warner Bros. release, is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for “language, drug use, and some suggestive content.” Running time: 110 minutes. Two and a half stars out of four.MPAA Definition of PG-13: Parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ldbahr This image released by Warner Bros. shows Cate Blanchett, from left, Helena Bonham Carter and Sandra Bullock in a scene from “Ocean’s 8.” (Barry Wetcher/Warner Bros. via AP) 1 of 4 This image released by Warner Bros. shows Sarah Paulson, from left, Sandra Bullock and Rihanna in a scene from “Ocean’s 8.” (Barry Wetcher/Warner Bros. via AP) This image released by Warner Bros. shows Anne Hathaway, left, and Helena Bonham Carter in a scene from “Ocean’s 8.” (Barry Wetcher/Warner Bros. via AP) Steven Soderbergh’s “Ocean’s Eleven” remake is a hard movie to live up to. Its starry charm was backed by a breezy and deceptively dense script full of memorable characters, dizzyingly complex logistics and lively filmmaking that Soderbergh himself couldn’t even recreate in the two sequels. But it is undeniable that even the near-perfect “Eleven” was missing something pretty major: Women. You know, besides Julia Roberts, that blackjack dealer and the one exotic dancer.last_img read more

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Football: Suspended Shakhtar Donetsk veteran Darijo Srna joins Cagliari

first_imgAdvertisement bsswmNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs5qvzWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ej4( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) w27Would you ever consider trying this?😱32iCan your students do this? 🌚02lvyRoller skating! Powered by Firework After staying for 15 years at Shakhtar Donetsk- veteran Darijo Srna has moved to Serie A to join Cagliari Calcio on a 1-year contract with an option to extend it for another year.  He is Croatia’s most capped player at 134 caps and has 22 goals to his name. Srna last appeared for the Ukrainian champions, Shakhtar Donetsk in September 2017 after he failed a doping test last March. Advertisement Srna started his career at Hajduk Split back in 1999 and after playing 4 seasons there he moved to Shakhtar Donetsk in 2003. In the last 15 years, he has won the UEFA cup with Shakhtar Donetsk in 2009 and has made 339 appearances for the club.Srna got banned when he failed a doping test last year and his ban ends on 22nd August 2018 and can play in the upcoming 2018-19 season after that.Advertisement It is expected that this will be Srna’s last season as a footballer and only time will tell if he decides to extend his contract. Let us know what you feel in the comments below!Read Also:-Football: Dutch wonderkid Justin Kluivert signs for RomaFIFA World Cup 18: Germany Vs Sweden Review Advertisementlast_img read more

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New era for little athletics

first_imgBy Russell Bennett It was the dawning of a new era for Berwick Little Athletics at Edwin Flack Reserve on…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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What are oil and gas midstream activities?

first_imgThe price of oil and gas at the pump. It is generally low risk; The size of the investment is dependent on the health of the nearby upstream assets; and I trust the readers have gotten a grasp of the extent of this opening discussion on the midstream sector and the importance of why we must build those pipelines to feed GPL sooner rather than later to end blackouts, but, more importantly, to create the new jobs in a new sector that can absorb the growing army of the unemployed in Guyana.Next week, I shall move to explaining these four key business characteristics of the midstream oil and gas sector.center_img This is the fifth in an oil series, which started in August 2017, that aims to focus on the oil industry. The intention is to try and explain the entire value stream, oil strategy, and recommended action for the Guyana oil sector.I am of the belief that if the ordinary man in the street understands what is happening, then he will hold the feet of whoever wins the 2020 elections to the fire. The bottom line remains that the post-2020 Government must be held accountable by ensuring that the oil revenues are managed responsibly and with the best interests of all the people in mind.Right now, from what I am observing under this Granger-led PNC regime, they are not very transparent and accountable in the oil-related negotiations. So, my plan is to bring oil-related information to the man in the street to stimulate debate and subsequent grassroots activism on the issue. Today, I move the conversation to a discussion on midstream activities in the oil and gas sector.What is Midstream?Midstream is the function of the oil and gas industry that provides the vital link between the producing areas and the population centres where industrial, refining and residential customers are located.  Field gathering, processing plants, and transmission pipelines are the major assets in the mainstream industry.  Also in the midstream industry are transportation assets.Transportation assets can include the marine vessels that will be used to move the crude from the well to the refinery.  Throughout this process, the chain will have storage assets.  At the well site, Exxon has already commissioned the contract to develop their floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel designed to facilitate a production of up to 120,000 barrels of oil per day.  Most of this oil could possibly be transported to the Baton Rouge Refinery in Louisiana owned by Exxon.  That facility has a storage tank farm that can manage a production of 502,000 barrels per day (in one day that facility can handle 1/10 of Guyana’s annual fuel consumption).The commercial success of the oil and gas sector is heavily dependent on the midstream segment of the business. Based on a study on Mainstream Infrastructure called “Capitalising on our Energy Abundance” – NAFTA countries alone are planning to invest some US$640 billion between 2018 and 2035 in transport assets, and refining infrastructure.  Those investments are expected to yield some 430,000 jobs in Canada, the USA, and Mexico.So these talks with Exxon to bring natural gas to the Guyanese shore for electricity should not be approached by the Granger Administration as a want, but as a need. If this investment is made in the natural gas facilities on-shore, then jobs will be created, possibly in the hundreds. Guyana can leverage such investments, which can include transmission pipelines, pumping facilities, processing facilities, storage facilities, compression facilities, and so on.  It takes real investments and real humans to manage all of these things and that will redound to the benefit of Guyana.So the opening sentence from the “Technical Working Group” who are tasked with negotiating on behalf of the Government of Guyana should be, “we have a business plan for this industry – we want a reliable and low-cost electricity system for the nation and we are ready to bring our assets to the process, tell us what we need to do to get this done by 2022? Clearly, communication with clear deadlines and with a clear vision is what Exxon needs to hear to take the Guyanese team seriously.Midstream Business CharacteristicsThe four key characteristics of the midstream segment are: It is highly regulated, especially the pipeline components;last_img read more

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Former Hull midfielder agrees Reading move

first_img1 Stephen Quinn in action for Hull Republic of Ireland midfielder Stephen Quinn has agreed a move to Reading.The 29-year-old, a free agent after leaving relegated Hull at the end of last season, will sign a three-year contract with the option of a fourth.Royals boss Steve Clarke told the club’s website: “Stephen is an unassuming player but has always caught my eye and, when I knew he was available, I targeted him quite early in the summer.“His performances are always of a good standard and he is a talented, industrious, aggressive midfielder who can be influential in games.“Obviously he has just experienced relegation at Hull City and is desperate to get back to the Premier League as quickly as possible, which can only be good for us. He has previous experience of playing in the Championship and was an important member of the Hull City team that gained promotion.“Stephen is also a good character who will have a positive effect in our changing room and, just as importantly, on our younger players here at Reading.”Quinn joined Hull from Sheffield United in 2012 and made 97 appearances – including the FA Cup final defeat by Arsenal last year – and scored five goals.last_img read more

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Collision Course

first_imgCOLLEGE FOOTBALL: Trojans remain wary of Irish despite their dismal record. By Scott Wolf STAFF WRITER SOUTH BEND, Ind. – This might be known as college football’s “greatest intersectional rivalry,” but today it better resembles two teams stuck in an intersection. But hey, there has to be some excitement when the Irish are imploding. It’s so bad that freshman quarterback Jimmy Clausen will not even play because of a sore hip, alleviating some tension because Clausen chose the Irish over USC. Jackson would not even allow that Notre Dame Stadium, with all its tradition and campus landmarks, was the marquee trip of the season. “It’s a fun place to play but the other settings are more fun,” Jackson said. “I like Oregon and Arizona State more.” USC coach Pete Carroll pretty much ignored the classic 2005 game, where Matt Leinart scored the winning touchdown on the famous Bush Push (assistance from tailback Reggie Bush). “You know, we haven’t built our program on that win,” Carroll said. “That was a great win for us and it was dramatic and Reggie’s plays and Matt’s plays and Dwayne’s (Jarrett’s) plays and all the things that they did, they had a great game that day. “I’m glad that it happened and all, but we don’t talk about it. That was quite a while ago now.” Especially the way the Trojans are playing right now. Today is almost a no-win situation. If USC wins, it merely does what is expected. A narrow victory fosters doubts about this team for the fourth week. And a loss pretty much ends the season, at least by USC standards. “I pretty much keep to the people I know because everyone has something to say right now,” USC safety Taylor Mays said. “You always hear questions. But we’ve never doubted ourselves. I think we’ve learned and we’re ready to move forward.” Maybe this game is a little more worrisome because backup quarterback Mark Sanchez makes his second straight start with John David Booty available in relief. History also offers a couple of warnings to USC. In 1963, Notre Dame’s only two victories were against USC and UCLA as the Irish went 2-7. The Irish beat the seventh-ranked, defending national champion Trojans, 17-14, and came back to beat the Bruins a week later, 27-12. Hmmm, that sounds familiar. In 1959, USC played a 4-5 Irish team. The Irish upset the No. 7 Trojans, 16-6. Perhaps the mother of all upsets occurred in 1960, John McKay’s first year. If Notre Dame loses today, it will be 1-7 for the first time since 1960 and only the second time in history. Notre Dame entered the Coliseum with eight straight losses after a season-opening victory. The Irish left with a 17-0 victory over USC. Perhaps to rekindle some of that nostalgia, Notre Dame wears green jerseys today as it did in 1977. That’s a sore spot for USC fans, who remember the Irish broke out those green jerseys 20 minutes before kickoff and routed USC, 49-19. Overall, Notre Dame is 3-1 against USC when breaking out special green jerseys. The Irish lost to USC two years in green jerseys. “These uniforms are ugly, but what the players like about them is that they’re throwbacks,” Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis said. “Because they’re throwbacks they’re unique. Remember what those jerseys looked like? Remember those ugly pants? That’s what they have to wear this week. “What I didn’t want to do is I didn’t want to make a big deal about using it more as a motivational thing. This is in respect to honor that ’77 team.” scott.wolf@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.No. 13 USC’s three-week slump suddenly looks insignificant compared to the wreck previously known as Notre Dame that awaits the Trojans at Notre Dame Stadium. Although records often obscure the atmosphere and drama of this rivalry, Notre Dame is 1-6 and needs a victory today to give its season relevance. The Trojans (5-1) view today’s game as a chance to get it right before the season hits the really tough part, excluding the powerhouse known as Stanford, of course. Every trip to Notre Dame includes drama, such as two years ago when the grass was extremely high and USC’s Desmond Reed tore knee ligaments when his cleats got stuck in the grass. This year will be known for a turbulent plane ride that several witnesses said was overblown. The only injury occurred when defensive end Lawrence Jackson saw trainers because a Popsicle stick cut the inside of his mouth. Memo to Jackson: Next time you’re in a bumpy plane, remove the ice cream stick from your mouth. last_img read more

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RB Leipzig release statement clarifying future of Liverpool-bound Naby Keita

first_imgRB Leipzig have released a statement confirming Naby Keita will NOT move to Liverpool until July 2018, putting rumours of an early move to Anfield to bed.Last summer, Keita, the Guinea midfielder, agreed to sign for the Reds at the end of 2017-18 after they triggered his £48m release clause.However, rumours of the move being pushed forward to this month have hit the headlines in the days since Philippe Coutinho left Liverpool for Barcelona in a £142m deal.SEE ALSO: Naby Keita: How the Liverpool-bound midfielder has performed in 2017-18 for RB LeipzigJurgen Klopp wanted to add Keita to his squad in January, and reports emerged suggesting Leipzig were willing to accept the 22-year-old’s departure for an extra £13m.However, on Sunday, Leipzig released a statement via their official Twitter account confirming Keita will an RB player until June 30th.It read: ‘Naby Keita will remain an RB Leipzig player until 30th June 2018. We wish to put the speculation about a January move to Liverpool to bed.’ Sport director Ralf Rangnick was later quoted: “We won’t allow Liverpool to sign him early, even though they have shown renewed interest to bring him in during this transfer window.” OFFICIAL: Naby #Keïta will remain an #RBLeipzig player until 30th June 2018. We wish to put the speculation about a January move to @LFC to bed. pic.twitter.com/Cilx09m24e— RB Leipzig English (@RBLeipzig_EN) January 14, 2018 1 Naby Keita will not join Liverpool this month last_img read more

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Swallows edge SuperSport for MTN8 title

first_img25 September 2012Experience was the key, said coach Zeca Marques, as Moroka Swallows edged SuperSport United 2-1 at Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Saturday to lift the MTN8 title for the first time since 1979.“You can’t change a winning formula and you can’t buy experience and this is what we got today,” he said at a post-match press conference.“We won it because of experience. Youth is great, but it’s got to be balanced.“Today we proved that with experience we can achieve things.”‘It’s a great feeling’Marques, who was an assistant coach to Gordon Igesund before Igesund was signed to coach Bafana Bafana, added: “This will go down in my memory forever. It’s a great feeling, a great moment for the team, for the club, for our supporters, for our sponsors.“I’m so happy for the supporters. They have suffered the last few years. I’m so happy for the players, they played like real fighters. They showed what they are made of.”Man of the match Georgi Nergadze produced an industrious performance for the Birds in the midfield and also struck their first goal with a real pearler of a shot from distance.On SuperSport’s side, their best attacking moments came through Sameehg Doutie, who showed off some insightful touches, but was quiet in the second half of the contest.Early chanceMidfielder Felix Obada had a good chance to fire Swallows into the lead in only the second minute when he latched onto a well-weighted through ball on the right hand side. He had plenty of time to shoot, but composure was missing from his effort, which flew wide of the right hand upright.The Soweto club looked to have settled the faster of the two teams as they made the better early impression, but after only five minutes they found themselves behind.Doutie set up Franklin Cale for the score with a superb defence-splitting ball across the top of the goal box, which took advantage of Swallows’ defence line being only slightly out of alignment. It was enough to put Cale five metres clear of the nearest defender, mere metres from the goal.GoalHe met the ball in stride with his left foot and steered it to the right of Swallows’ goalkeeper Greg Etafia, who tried to close down the angle, but was done in by the perfection of the pass.When SuperSport broke up a promising Swallows’ attack on the quarter-hour-mark, Sibusiso Zuma found Doutie in space on the right flank. He then picked out his Cale on the right with a floated pass across the top of the goal box. Cale met the ball on the volley, but his effort was disappointing and was sliced well wide of the goal.The Pretoria club looked good on the counter-attack, but they were caught out with a sucker-punch shortly after that.Swallows’ replySwallows attacked down the right and then brought the ball back inside to Lefa Tsutsulupa. As he made to shoot, the ball was knicked away from him, but it fell to Nergadze, right out in front on the top of the goal box.He pounced on the ball, striking a powerful shot high into the side of the netting to goalkeeper Rowen Fernandez’s right to level the scores at 1-1.Masatsantsa came close to retaking the lead when a free kick from Cale found Fransman in the Swallows’ box, but his header passed narrowly wide of the mark.With just over half-an-hour gone, SuperSport had an excellent opportunity to edge ahead, but it came to nought.One-twoA quick one-two between Doutie and Zuma put Doutie through with only Etafia to beat, but the Swallows’ netminder saved well to his left after he had cut down the angle.A short while later, Etafia dropped the ball from a corner kick, but SuperSport were unable to make him pay for his error.The teams turned with the scores level at 1-1.Cale tested Etafia with a free kick early in the second stanza, but the goalkeeper passed the test.Lerato Chabangu then had a chance to beat Fernandez with a free kick, but his shot passed over the top of the goal.Oh so closeJust before the hour-mark, Swallows came as close to scoring as one can get without actually scoring.They began with an attack down the right before a ball inside found Katlego Mashego in the middle. He attempted a shot, but it was blocked.The ball, however, fell to Nergadze, who found Tsutsulupa with a header on the left. The midfielder crossed, but Fernandez steered the ball away from the goal with a dive and a swat with his outstretched right hand.It fell to Chabangu, who met the ball on the volley and cracked a shot towards goal. Fernandez was unsighted, but somehow it didn’t cross the line as he and Mor Diouf combined to scramble it away.Shape and flowBoth teams created openings without being able to follow through with a finish as the game lost some of its shape and flow.Cale tried out Etafia again with a long-range effort, but the goalkeeper punched his speculative shot from distance away.Chenene was off-target for Swallows from a tight angle and Siyabonga Nomvethe, on as a substitute, then headed wide for the Birds.WinnerOnly three minutes remained when Bennett Chenene beat the offside trap to race onto a lobbed pass. Fernandez came out to challenge him, but Chenene made good use of the bounce of the high pass to direct the ball over the goalkeeper’s head and into the empty net.The Swallows’ players, bench and supporters erupted with joy, while SuperSport’s players’ shoulders slumped. Time was almost up and they knew it.Five minutes of additional time was played, but the score went unchanged and Swallows claimed their first MTN8 title in 33 years.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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‘No Drop’: SA to tackle its water leaks

first_img25 October 2013The Department of Water and Environmental Affairs is to publish a new, incentive-based “No Drop” report giving South African municipalities and residents a clear idea of how much water they’re using – and how much they’re wasting.“The aim of the report will be to increase water efficiency and leakage reduction from water supply networks, and will add to the already established Green Drop and Blue Drop reports,” department spokesperson Linda Page said this week.Page said the first No Drop report would be published next year, with assessments due to be conducted across all municipalities in South Africa from October to March, with subsequent reports to be carried out every two years thereafter.The No Drop Report will publish audited values pertaining to water use and management in each local municipality, reporting such figures as part of the Blue Drop scorecard, which measures the quality of South Africa’s drinking water.R7.2bn a year ‘leaking away’“Research data from 132 (of 237 municipalities), representing 75% of the total volume of municipal water supply, show that the current level of non-revenue water is estimated at 36.7%, of which 25.4% is considered to be losses through physical leakages,” Page said.In South Africa, the 30th driest country in the world, water losses are estimated to cost the economy R7.2-billion per year. According to estimates in the National Treasury’s 2012 Budget Review, South Africa’s water demand will outstrip its supply by 2030.Page said the department expected to find pockets of excellence with regards to efficient water usage in the country, while special interventions to address inefficiencies would be required in other municipalities.She admitted that technical ineptitude and ageing infrastructure were causing severe water losses countrywide.“Inadequate maintenance and repairs of existing infrastructure, long response time to water leaks, and a culture of water wastage are some of the challenges facing the South African water sector,” Page said.‘War on Leaks’ projectThe No Drop Report will add to the department’s “War on Leaks” project, which is geared towards getting municipalities and communities to report and fix water leaks.“If you know your facts, then you can work out where you have problems and know how to improve. This is where the No Drop Report will be helpful,” Roy Tombs, operations manager at Mpumalanga water provider Sembcorp Silulumanzi, told SAnews this week.“It’s a very clear system for determining whether you are investing in the best infrastructure and practices, and whether you have the correct people employed to deal with issues of water loss and management.”Tombs added that, in the coming years, he expected the system to evolve and gain more credibility.In her 2013/14 budget vote on 21 May, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa singled out behavioural patterns as the biggest contributors to water wastage.“We are losing our clean drinking water in the distribution system due to leaking pipes, dripping taps and illegal water use,” Molewa said. “These are all behavioural patterns that have a negative impact on the use of water.”Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Wikileaks Moves to Amazon Web Services

first_imgTags:#cloud#security Related Posts klint finley A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Yesterday we reported that Wikileaks‘ web site suffered a denial of service (DOS) attack just before the publication of its most recent cache of documents. The site was down for only a few hours, according to Forbes’ Andy Greenberg.Today, The Guardian reports that Wikileaks turned to Amazon.com’s Elastic Cloud Computing (EC2) service to get back online and survive the DOS attack.There are various ways to conduct a DOS attack, but most methods work by placing an enormous burden on a server. For example, one might make a huge number of frivolous requests for pages of a web site until the server is overloaded. Wikileaks originally claimed it was receiving a distributed DOS attack. A self-described “hacktivist” using the name th3j35t3r took credit for the attack, and claims it was not a distributed DOS attack.The Guardian says that the EC2 pricing model makes the service less vulnerable to DOS attacks. However, last year a DDOS attack brought down the EC2 hosted site Bitbucket. That incident led to some to caution against using cloud hosting for mission critical services. However, it could be that EC2 has improved its defenses against DOS attacks. A highly scalable infrastructure would certainly help, as would hosting content on multiple providers.Update: George Reese of the cloud security company Enstratus tells us that the attack on BitBucket was very different from the attack on Wikileaks. The BitBucket attack was targeted a vulnerability specific to EC2 that Amazon.com claims to have fixed. The WikiLeaks attack was a generic DOS attack from outside the network. The BitBucket attack actually targeted internal IO resources.According to the Guardian, not all of Amazon.com’s servers are hosted in the US and “it could cause a major incident if the US government were to take action against a company on the basis that it might be hosting material the government finds embarrassing.” It may be unlikely that the US government would take action against Amazon.com, but it is possible that Amazon.com would decide to remove Wikileaks on its own.However, the latest cache of documents are not hosted on the same servers as the rest of the Wikileaks site. cablegate.wikileaks.org is hosted by a French company called Octopuce. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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