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Cloud Providers Prepare to Pull the Plug on Putin

Tags: , , , , , Date/Time: March 8, 2022 @ 11:01 pm, by raindog308

Major cloud services companies such as Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Oracle may cut off Russia’s access to cloud services in days to come.  Already, Amazon has suspended new service signups. This is a different tack than the “network nuclear option” that some have discussed.  The disadvantages with ending routing of IP traffic to Russia – […]

Github Entertains During Its Outage

Tags: , , , , , , Date/Time: February 22, 2022 @ 11:36 am, by raindog308

By the time you read this, the issue my be fixed, but today when I went to install Joplin, I was greeted by this amusing picture. Apparently, Joplin is hosted on GitHub and they’re having an issue today. Now for me, this was not a critical install.  I have Joplin running on other systems and […]

Microsoft Acquires Activision

News broke after market close yesterday that Microsoft is acquiring Activision Blizzard. The acquisition puts many gaming franchises into Microsoft’s hands, including Call of Duty, Warcraft/StarCraft, Diablo, Tony Hawk, Candy Crush, and many others. In recent years, Activision has grown its revenue and is generating healthy profits: $9B a year.  Globally, the gaming market will […]

DigitalOcean Shares Plunge 9% on High Volume

Tags: , , , , , Date/Time: January 15, 2022 @ 1:33 am, by raindog308

DigitalOcean (NYSE:DOCN) shares dropped 9% today.  Volume was more than double normal. It’s been a rough season for DO.  Shares today traded for as cheap as $59/share – well off the stock’s highs above $130/share only two months ago. The reason for the plummeting valuation is not clear.  Some possibilities: DigitalOcean was overpriced.  It may […]

Microsoft Shrugged Off 2.4Tbps DDoS Attack

Microsoft reported recently that it had fended off a 2.4Tbps DDoS attack in August.  The attack – launched from 70,000 sources in Asia and the US – was the second biggest attack on record, eclipsed only by the 2.5Tbps attack Google faced in 2017. “The attack vector was a UDP reflection spanning more than 10 […]

AMD’s Server Market Share Hits New High at 16%

Tags: , , , , , , , , Date/Time: September 23, 2021 @ 6:41 pm, by raindog308

According to market research group Omdia, AMD has surged to a historically high server market share of 16%. “In the server CPU market, AMD scored its best-ever quarter from a market share and sales perspective with demand from hyperscale cloud service providers, and Google in particular, being a big contributing factor to AMD’s strong performance,” […]

Microsoft Says Passwords are Passé

Tags: , , , , , Date/Time: September 18, 2021 @ 12:00 pm, by raindog308

Are passwords a dying breed? In a blog post published September 15, Microsoft Vice President of Security, Compliance, and Identity Vasu Jakkal entitled “The passwordless future is here for your Microsoft account” (yes, with bad capitalization, just like that), Microsoft announced that you could “completely remove the password from your Microsoft account”.  He continued: “Use […]

Microsoft Azure’s CosmosDB Accidentally Left Wide Open

Tags: , , , Date/Time: August 27, 2021 @ 12:00 pm, by raindog308

Microsoft revealed Thursday that some customers’ CosmosDB databases in Azure were accidentally left wide open. A security researcher named Wiz discovered that it could access keys that unlocked thousands of customers’ databases. Microsoft has issued a fix and contacted affected customers so they can change their keys. “This is the worst cloud vulnerability you can […]

Microsoft Raising Fees for Office 365

Tags: , , , , Date/Time: August 20, 2021 @ 11:30 am, by raindog308

Microsoft announced that they are raising prices for Office 365 subscriptions. The price increase is between 10% and 16%, depending on product.  This is the first price increase since Office 365 launched in 2011. On March 1, 2022, we will update our list pricing for the following commercial products: Product Old Monthly Price New Monthly […]

SpamHaus Botnet Report Highlights Some LowEnd Providers

Spamhaus’s 2021 Q2 Botnet Threat Update has been released and it’s interesting reading. Overall, there has been a reduction in observed command and control (C&C) systems.  However, at regional and provider level, there is more variation.  Looking at the leading botnet C&C hosts, it’s not surprising that the world’s most connected countries (the US, Netherlands […]

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