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Posted at 09:27 AM ET, 05/16/2011

The Circuit: Amazon services used in Sony attack, FCC addresses cybersecurity, Dish names new head

LEADING THE DAY: Amazon Web Services may have been used to launch the attack against Sony’s online services,Bloomberg reported. Citing “a person with knowledge of the matter,” the report says that the attacker used a false name to register an account on the cloud-computing service, and carried out the attack while renting the servers for three cents an hour.

On Saturday, Sony began reinstating the PlayStation Network and Sony Online Entertainment services across the country and worldwide, though Japan has not yet authorized the reinstatement, Dow Jones Newswires reported. The outage, which compromised millions of customers’ personal information, lasted 26 days and prompted a congressional hearing to examine how companies should deal with data breaches.

FCC cybersecurity: Representatives from technology firms will join Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski and former Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff Monday to discuss the impact that cyber attacks have on small businesses.

The FCC has also launched a new Web site dedicated to providing cybersecurity resources for small businesses.

DISH names new CEO and president: Dish Network named Joseph P. Clayton as its CEO and President Monday, replacing Charles Ergen. The change is effective June 20.

Ergen will continue as chairman. Dish Network recently acquired Blockbuster as part of its push to compete with online video services such as Netflix.

California considers social-networking privacy: The California Senate is considering a bill mandating that online sites let users establish privacy settings before registering with personal information. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the measure, which passed the state Senate Judiciary committee, would affect Facebook as well as any site where users create a public or partly public profile.

Opponents of the measure, including Facebook, say that the proposal could drive Internet business out of the state.

Turkish citizens protest Internet filters: Thousands of Turkish protesters publicly opposed the country’s scheduled system of Internet filters, The New York Times reported. crying, “Yes, we ban!”

The new filtering system, which will go into effect in August, is said to provide protections for minors and has four options: standard, children, family and domestic. Regulators say the “standard” filter will provide open Internet access, but protesters consider the new system an unacceptable form of censorship.

Playbook recall: Research in Motion is recalling 1,000 PlayBook tablets sold at Staples stores after discovering that some of the tablets cannot properly install set-up software, a company representative told the tech site Crackberry. The tablet was released on April 20.

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