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Musk vs Bezos – Amazon to take on SpaceX yet again

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Amazon plans to take on Elon Musk’s SpaceX in the satellite internet arena

Amazon has outlined its plans to deliver internet from space under Project Kuiper.

The company says it will be done by sending more than 3000 small satellites in low Earth orbit.

The e-commerce giant had signed a multi-billion-dollar contract back in April, securing 83 launches for its Project Kuiper from Arianespace, Blue Origin and United Launch Alliance.

Amazon plans to take on Elon Musk’s SpaceX in the satellite internet arena. Picture: Amazon Science

The contract was the the largest rocket deal in the history of the commercial space industry

“These launch agreements reflect our incredible commitment and belief in Project Kuiper and we’re proud to be working with such an impressive lineup of partners to deliver on our mission,” Dave Limp, the Senior Vice President for Amazon Devices & Services says in a written statement.

Tech expert Greg Nibler says Amazon is an “economic powerhouse” that has bought its way into becoming a “viable competitor”.

“With Amazon securing these contracts… will give them enough to provide some pretty reliable internet to a lot of places around the globe,” Nibler says.

SpaceX has about 2000 satellites already up in the space and a clearance to put up 12,000 but Nibler says while SpaceX is ahead of its game, Amazon is already in households across the globe.

“You think of that as just ready made customers,” he says.

“I bet that’s what they’re going to do… integrate it in with everything they’ve already got,” Nibler says, calling it a huge competitive advantage.

SpaceX’s Starlink provides internet at the cost of $110 per month but Nibler says if Amazon can make its service’s price low enough, it will be a win for the company.

Billionaire’s space race

Jeff Bezos’ satellite internet project was revealed in 2019 and is expected to be launched in installments over 5 years.

On the other hand, Nibler says Elon Musk is on the top of the world.

“With Starlink he is so far ahead I doubt he is going to view Amazon as much of a competitor,” he says.

Nibler says Bezos attempts to come after Musk over anything space based have been no secret.

“They trade their barbs back and forth on Twitter which Musk now owns,” he says.

“He (Musk) is leagues ahead of everyone so he’s kind of sitting in driver’s seat right now.”

Musk’s Starlink is available to order and is said to be suited for rural and remote communities where connectivity is otherwise unreliable or unavailable.

Rijul Baath contributed to this report

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How to know if your data has been hacked

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If you’ve been following the news, you’ll know that data privacy is a hot topic right now. Just this week, it was revealed that the data of millions of Optus customers in Australia had been hacked

So how can you tell if your data has been compromised? Here are some signs to look out for:

1. Unexpected emails or messages from companies or organisations you’re not signed up with. This could be anything from a generic phishing email to a more targeted attack where hackers have obtained your personal data and are using it to try and gain access to your accounts.

2.Strange activity on your online accounts – for example, log-ins from unusual locations or devices, or changes to your password or contact details that you didn’t make.

3.Receiving bills or invoices for products or services you didn’t purchase. This is often a sign that your financial data has been accessed and used to make unauthorised purchases.

Optusdata hacker mocked on social media for clumsy attack – READ HERE

If you suspect that your data may have been hacked, it’s important to act quickly. Change your passwords on all your online accounts and run a virus scan on your devices. You should also contact the relevant organisations (e.g. your bank, credit card company etc.) to let them know and report the incident.

Data hacks are becoming more and more common, so it’s important to be vigilant about protecting your data privacy. By following these simple steps, you can help to keep your data safe.

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War in Ukraine collides with world of tech

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Russia’s largest social media app has been taken off Apple’s App store

VKontakte is a popular Russian social media app with millions of downloads.

The app’s users have been told the it will no longer be on the popular app store.

Other games made by the same developer have also been taken offline.

It’s unclear why the app has stopped showing online.

But many western companies have left Russia themselves, including Nike and McDonalds in the wake of President Putin’s war in Ukraine.

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Optusdata hacker mocked on social media for clumsy attack

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Hackers are having a field day mocking the “Optusdata” hacker who stole the personal information of more than 10 million Australians.

The hapless hacker made the mistake of demanding a $1.5 million ransom from Optus, and then apologised when they didn’t get their way.

Now they’re being ridiculed by the very people they were trying to impress.

“This just goes to show that you can’t trust any optusdata these days,” said one commenter on an online forum. “They’ll steal your data and then humiliate you for it.”

“I wouldn’t give them a cent,” said another. “They don’t deserve it.”

How to know if your data has been hacked – READ HERE

Millions impacted

The company has downplayed the incident, saying that only a small percentage of its customers’ data was actually stolen.

“We would like to reassure our customers that their data is safe and secure,” an Optus spokesperson said. “We have robust security measures in place to protect our customers’ information.”

If you’re an Optus customer, you can check to see if your data was stolen by going to optusdata.com.au/hackcheck

You should also change your password and be on the lookout for any suspicious activity on your account.

If you’re worried about your data, you should change your password and be on the lookout for any suspicious activity on your account.

Optus has downplayed the incident, saying that only a small percentage of its customers’ data was actually stolen. However, the company is still urging customers to take precautions.

Government action

The Albanese government has said that it is “deeply concerned” about the hack and is working with Optus to investigate the matter.

“We take the security of our citizens’ data very seriously,” a spokesperson for the Albanese government said.

“This incident highlights the need for all businesses to have robust security measures in place to protect their customers’ information.”

The Albanese government is urging all businesses to review their security measures in light of the Optus hack.

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