Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Researcher creates proof-of-concept worm for network-attached storage devices

EMC to buy OpenStack cloud guru Cloudscaling | Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst on the impact of cloud and mobile

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Researcher creates proof-of-concept worm for network-attached storage devices
Network-attached storage (NAS) devices are riddled with vulnerabilities that can put the security of sensitive data and networks at risk, a researcher has found. To prove his point, he has created a proof-of-concept worm that can infect devices from three different manufacturers.Earlier this year, Jacob Holcomb, a security analyst at Baltimore-based firm Independent Security Evaluators, started researching the security of NAS devices. He selected popular devices from 10 manufacturers and found that they were all were susceptible to root compromise. In addition, he found that exploiting half of them did not require authentication.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

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EMC to buy OpenStack cloud guru Cloudscaling
An EMC spokesperson this afternoon confirmed that the company will buy Cloudscaling, which builds clouds based on the OpenStack software.The deal would mark the latest in a wave of consolidation in the cloud industry, with previous big acquisitions including HP snapping up Euclayptus and Cisco buying OpenStack vendor Metacloud. It also comes as there is some shakeup in the OpenStack community, with one of the forefathers of the movement, Joshua McKenty leaving his post as CTO of Piston Cloud Computing Co. and landing at Pivotal, the VMware/EMC spinout that is focused on the open source Cloud Foundry platform as a service. The move also comes just before the latest Juno release of the project and as the community gears up for its semi-annual summit to be held in Paris.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

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Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst on the impact of cloud and mobile
Last month, I wrote about what Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst had to say about applications finally overshadowing infrastructure. But the rise of apps is only one of the big changes roiling the IT landscape. Cloud computing has had an equally dramatic effect.Has the cloud already won? Yes… and noSo I asked Whitehurst if the cloud had already won the war for IT infrastructure, but he gave me a more nuanced response than I expected: “I think there’s a new architecture combining computing and storage in an easily managed centralized data center,” he said. “Scaling out that architecture… That’s clearly winning.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

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Dropbox used for convincing phishing attack
Dropbox’s file storage service was used for a tricky phishing attack, although the service was quick to shut down it down, according to Symantec.The security vendor said it detected a batch of phishing emails advising recipients that they’ve been sent a large file and included a link to Dropbox-hosted page.“The email claims the document can be viewed by clicking on the link included in the message,” wrote Nick Johnston of Symantec in a blog post. “However, the link opens a fake Dropbox login page, hosted on Dropbox itself.”By hosting the fake login page on Dropbox, the scammers gain some benefits over hosting it on a random, strange-looking domain name. The phishing page is contained within Dropbox’s user content domain, similar to shared photos or files, Johnston wrote.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Apple's iCloud targeted in man-in-the-middle attack in China
Following the iPhone 6 launch in China, Apple's iCloud service began facing a "man-in-the-middle" style attack in the country, in an apparent attempt to steal username and password information, according to an anti-censorship watchdog group.As of Monday, the attack was still ongoing, said GreatFire.org, which began noticing two days before that certain connections made to Apple's iCloud site in China were no longer responding with a trusted digital certificate, putting them at risk of decryption.Man-in-the-middle attacks eavesdrop on communications by pretending to each party to be the one at the other end. The attacker will trick victims into believing they are visiting a site over a secure connection, when in fact all communications are being monitored.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Namifying has gotten out of controlify
Chris Johnson, a Seattle-based branding consultant operating as The Name Inspector, has been watching a company name trend for several years now that is likely attributable to the success of Spotify: slapping “ify” on the end of otherwise perfectly good words.  Dating back to 2007, Johnson has counted some 337 such company names; 101 last year and 73 so far this year. The chart he fashioned is a bit big to be legible here, so let’s just list this year’s batch of namified names (prepare for some scrolling):To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More


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