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Articles tagged with: servers

Macbook Battery Firmware Vulnerability Revealed

Hacking ain’t a new thing but hackers are those stubborn fellas who constantly search for hitting upon something like a venerability, a backdoor, a leak or something related.

Apple’s Mac OS is widely considered to be a robust piece of code persistent against viruses and virus makers.But it remains no more unexposed…

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Gets Updated

Red Hat Linux has just released its latest server business operating system called Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1. This will be the first major update to the platform since November 2010. The new version features optimized KVM virtualization, new hardware support, improved operational efficiency and high availability improvements. KVM stands for Kernel-based Virtual Machine and it allows users to gain better performance than when using virtual machine systems that rely on user-space drivers.

SanDisk Acquires SSD Manufacturer For $327M

If you use memory cards for your household gadgets, you are probably familiar with the company, SanDisk. Today, SanDisk has agreed to acquire Pliant Technology, maker of enterprise-class solid state drives for approximately $327 million in unmarked bills. SanDisk expects to close the deal by the end of Q2 of this year. While SanDisk has previously targeted NAND flash consumer products, it looks like the company might be ramping up its SSD efforts.

Office 365 Already Receiving Problems

Since the recent transition to Office 365, Microsoft has stated that the service has had tough times providing access for its small business users. Product manager Steve Brown wrote in a blog, “This past week some Office Live Small Business customers may have experienced intermittent access to their accounts and Web sites…The issue has been resolved and the service is now functioning normally. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.”

Google Brings 360 Internal Views Of Businesses

In Google’s effort to bust down walls in hopes of a transparent information world, they may have taken it a step too far this time. Google will be introducing a new feature that allows users to see what a business looks like from the inside. The service will begin piping through the Internet in the United States, Japan, and a few other countries next week. Business owners will be given the option to show their offices and businesses from the inside-out, providing 360-degree tours of the place.

New Malicious Module Attacks Unnoticed

Online attackers usually exploit webpages by adding malicious scripts to HTML pages or specific code that triggers “drive-by downloads.” Unfortunately, a new attack discovered last Friday called Apmod not only infects webpages but infects the web server itself. When a web server gets infected, each user that requests a web page from the infected server is a victim. Although this new attack is not yet widespread, it has the potential to be, it targets popular Apache Web Servers that run on both Windows and Linux. Apache Web Servers currently host about 204 million websites.

Android Users Sue Google For $50M Over Tracking

We just got wind that two Android users have sued Google over claims that their Android phones were used as a tracking mechanism without their consent. The two people that filed the lawsuit are both residents of Oakland County in Michigan.

The lawsuit was filed on April 27th in a Detroit Federal Court. Both residents use HTC Inspire 4G phones and both claim that “[the Android devices track them] just as if a tracking device for which a court-ordered warrant would ordinarily be required.” The two plaintiffs are looking to turn the Android tracking case into a class action and are seeking $50 million in damages, as well as a court order to force Google to eliminate tracking.

IBM Takes Pi To One Billion Digits

IBM’s supercomputer, Blue Gene was designed to continuously run at 1petaFLOPS. IBM is pleased to announce that Blue Gene has found the billionth decimal digit in pi. Many have thought that this calculation was impossible and some estimated that it would take a single processor 1,500 years to compute. IBM’s Blue Gene was able to solve pi to the billionth decimal digit in only a few months. The machine was working steadily in the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in IBM Australia.

Skilled Romanian Hacker Breaches The European Space Agency

The European Space Agency experienced an interesting way of celebrating it’s anniversary of Apollo 13’s safe return to Earth, by having it’s website hacked. The skilled Romanian hacker, also known as a grey hat hacker goes by the alias, TinKode. TinKode hacked into www.esa.int and leaked a list of FTP accounts, email addresses and passwords for administrators and editors. Exactly thirteen FTP accounts were leaked to coincide with Apollo 13’s mission number.

The hacker also posted a full disclosure of the attack on his security blog, and mentioned some specifics of his target such as the staff number, composition of states, and the ESA’s 2011 budget of 5.65 billion dollars. TinKode didn’t mention how he managed to hack the website, but he was sure to include the ESA’s main server information as well as root, database, admin, editor and FTP accounts.

Facebook Shares Server Information With The World

Facebook is opening its datacenter design and sharing everything from the manufacturer, make, and model of the servers that keep Facebook online and available 24/7 to how the datacenter is powered and cooled to keep those servers running smoothly. Facebook’s initiative is to give fans a clear picture of what it takes to run the servers as well as giving people who work in corporate IT an idea of the kind of power it takes to run a massive website such as Facebook. Given CEO Zuckerberg’s relationship with President Obama, we can speculate that Obama had some influence in regards to transparency.