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How To Sidestep The  WordPress Botnet Hack

How To Sidestep The WordPress Botnet Hack

If you happen to use WordPress to host your company website or blog, then you’ll probably be worried by news that the ecosystem is currently facing its worst ever coordinated brute force attack, as hackers attempt to gain control of WordPress blogs using a 90,000 strong botnet. The attack has been ongoing since last Thursday and was reported by various tech sites including Ars Tecnica and Krebs on Security, which claim that HostGator and other web host servers first spotted the attack on April 11. The attack has apparently slowed down dozens of servers and led to some users being locked... more »
"Batsh*t Crazy" Rackspace Takes on AWS with Cloned OpenStack

"Batsh*t Crazy" Rackspace Takes on AWS with Cloned OpenStack

In a move deemed by some as “batshit crazy,” Rackspace is said to be cloning its cloud services and making it available to the public.  This move to counter the success that Amazon is having with its Amazon Web Services platform (AWS). Rackspace stated that it will provide telecommunications companies, IT vendors, and hosting companies with OpenStack technology to be able to jump start their efforts and better compete with AWS. Rackspace CTO John Engates stated that telcos and service providers have “approached us for years about helping them to get into the cloud business — they want the same category of... more »
Bitcoin Myth Busted: Mining is Not an Environmental Disaster, Here's Why

Bitcoin Myth Busted: Mining is Not an Environmental Disaster, Here's Why

Bitcoin has had more than its fair share of headlines over the past couple of weeks, with stories of bubbles about to burst, exchanges shutting down  and new ones opening up for business. To be sure, there’s an awful lot of sensationalism right now as the cryptocurrency draws more attention and tech geeks like myself get caught up in the excitement of it all. But in no way does the current buzz condone one of the most ridiculous stories to emerge over the last few days - that Bitcoin mining, the process of creating Bitcoins, could somehow be damaging to... more »
Big Data Review: Storage, Security and On-Demand Analytics

Big Data Review: Storage, Security and On-Demand Analytics

This week Dataguise rolled out new data protection software for Hadoop clusters, a couple of storage firms unveiled their Big Data new products, and Amazon made its Elastic MapReduce service available for government agencies. In addition, Oracle announced two appliances that ship with Cloudera’s Hadoop distribution. Monday featured news from a Big Data security firm by the name of Dataguise: the company launchedHadoopT v4.3, the latest release of its encryption solution for Hadoop. This new version encrypts both structured and unstructured data via the Advanced Encryption Standard, and allows users to mask data one or more Hadoop clusters. Also this week, Cirrascale... more »
Weekly Cloud Review: HP Moonshot, On-Demand and Xbox Stingray

Weekly Cloud Review: HP Moonshot, On-Demand and Xbox Stingray

This week HP introduced its first hyperscale server, Google and Amazon had major service updates, and a Microsoft insider leaked the existence of Xbox Stingray. Hewlett-Packard made a splash on Monday with the launch of Moonshot 1500, a solution that’s designed to serve as a building block for hyperscale environments. The server stands out thanks to its relatively open architecture: it includes a first-of-its-kind cartridge mechanism that enables customers to slot in their processor of choice. This allows users to customize the box for their specific workloads, whether Big Data or cloud. A day after HP announced the general availability of its... more »
OpenStack Grizzly? CIOs Should Be "A Little Cautious," Says Analyst

OpenStack Grizzly? CIOs Should Be "A Little Cautious," Says Analyst

The OpenStack ecosystem is growing at a very rapid pace, becoming increasingly fragmented as a result. Wikibon senior analyst Stu Miniman discussed how the OpenStack Foundation is addressing interoperability, and explained how this topic ties in with the recent release of Grizzly, on yesterday’s NewsDesk show with Kristin Feledy. Miniman says that one of the biggest challenges faced by the OpenStack community is the fact the open-source platform is still maturing.  For this reason, vendors that commercialize OpenStack must augment the vanilla version with their own components – and that code is usually not interoperable with forks developed by rivaling firms. OpenStack... more »
Transforming Big Data into "Smart Data": Don't Ignore the Archives

Transforming Big Data into "Smart Data": Don't Ignore the Archives

Big Data is the biggest buzz word in IT these days, rapidly becoming the must-have tech for every organization and enterprise worth its salt. But with everyone rushing to get their Big Data strategies off the ground, a lot of CIOs have dived in headlong without even working out how to get the best from these tools. Speaking to Fast Company recently, Joe Rospars, CEO of Blue State, summed things up: “There's a tendency with big data to say, 'Mmm, I just want more data,'" he said. "But basically everyone already has too much data, and the question is how to use it... more »
Hacker Says Android App Can Hijack Airplanes

Hacker Says Android App Can Hijack Airplanes

Imagine the kind of devastation that terrorists could cause if they were able to remotely hijack an airplane using something as simple as an Android app? With just a few taps on the screen, hackers could gain control of an aircraft and remotely alter its course. The consequences of this happening simply don’t bear thinking about, and yet… according to one German security researcher, this scenario could become a reality if aviation chiefs don’t remove their heads from the clouds. At the Hack in The Box conference in Amsterdam this week, Hugo Teso spelled out just how easy it could be... more »
Big Data Declares War on Genocide

Big Data Declares War on Genocide

Back in 1945, when Allied forces finally overrun Nazi Germany and the full horror of the Holocaust was revealed, the leaders of the world’s democracies vowed that genocide on this kind of scale would never happen again. What hollow words they were. Since then, we’ve witnessed at least half a dozen more genocides where over 100,000 people were killed. These include the expulsion of Germans from occupied countries after WWII, the partition of India, the Cambodian Genocide, the Bosnian Civil War, the Rwandan Genocide, and the current Darfur crisis. Indeed, the systematic murders in Darfur continue to this day, whilst in Syria,... more »
Michael Azoff Talks About Creating Agile Enterprises

Michael Azoff Talks About Creating Agile Enterprises

When it comes to agile adoption, IT enterprises nowadays are facing several challenges. For example, how to keep up with their own innovation and acts as a creative start-up, respond to changing market conditions while keeping budgets in sync, and transform the entire whole IT department by agile methodologies. Michael Azoff of Ovum recently had an interview with Infoq, where he talked about creating Agile enterprises. Azoff is a Principal Analyst at Ovum and lead the software development and lifecycle management research, which includes especially agile methodologies and lean related topics. Azoff stresses importance on three areas for creating the agile... more »

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