January 2018 Archives

Hackers have now attacked the online sites who were using a customer support extension built using Magento, as reported by security researcher Willem de Groot. The extension called Mirasvit Helpdesk MX, is used by online merchants to show a “Chat with us” widget on the Magento shops. WebShield, the Hungarian security firm, had reported in September 2017 that Mirasvit Helpdesk extension was vulnerable to two flaws. One enabled hackers to upload files to Magento servers, while another was found to be a banal cross-site scripting issue. According to de Groot, the hackers have this time used the cross-site scripting issue to crack Magento sites. He said that attackers injected the malicious code (XSS payload) in the “Chat with us” widget displayed on Magento stores, whose messages were stored in Magento database. Once injected, the malicious code executed on the pages in the Magento store to collect sensitive payment information of customers from the checkout process. The support…
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The recently discovered set of malicious actors (Spectre and Meltdown) which affect almost all the computing and mobile devices around the world, have created a buzz among the tech companies. As reported by Google Project Zero, Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities can be injected through the JavaScript code running in browser. It enables the attackers to read the system memory in CPUs including the ones from Intel, AMD, and ARM. Attackers can read sensitive information in the system like passwords, encryption keys, etc. It was also found that if any virtual machine (VM) is attacked, the physical memory of host machine too can be accessed. Further, the attacker can access the memory of all the VMs running on same host. Variants of attack: Variant 1: bounds check bypass Variant 2: branch target injection Variant 3: rogue data cache load As per the researchers, the Variant 1 and Variant 2 take place by mounting Spectre vulnerability, while Variant 3 by Meltdown. The Meltdown enables the…
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HONG KONG – LayerStack, an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider, today announced an expansion in Japan with the launching of its fourth datacenter in Tokyo. The company, which offers multi-region data center selections with premium global network, has invested huge amount of resources in cloud infrastructure and platform for further cloud developments and enhancing customer experience. Its technologies have enabled great variety of business globally, from start-ups to multinational companies.

Japan as a critical economic hub in APAC region, plays an important role to LayerStack strategical expansion with the additional cloud capabilities. This new data center is expected to widen the “Cloud Coverage” of Japan, Hong Kong, Mainland China, South Korea, Singapore and the U.S. (West Coast) which ensure users enjoying seamless cloud experiences. This also allows users to split critical workloads and data across preferred regions for achieving higher availability.


LayerStack has been steadily increasing its investment in APAC regions including Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore to serve its growing base of customers. In the future, LayerStack’s data center footprint will continue to expand around the world.

About LayerStack
LayerStack is an IaaS provider leveraging on hardware and networks to provide stable and high performance cloud solutions launched by Pacificnet Hosting Limited. LayerStack offers cloud solution from Hong Kong and Singapore Datacenters to SME, government, agencies, and major listed companies across Asia Pacific, Europe and the rest of the world.

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NEW YORK – Ubersmith, an INAP (NASDAQ: INAP) company and a global leader in subscription business management software, today reported another year of progress, including the addition of new customers in 2017 such as Challenger Broadband, Cytranet, Dikaio Design, Element Critical, Evocative, Micro Logic, Micron21, Nodes Direct, ServOnDemand and Voxtell. Demonstrating global demand for Ubersmith’s product, the new customers are based in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, the U.K., United Arab Emirates, China, South Korea and Australia.

Ubersmith is defining a new category called ‘subscription business management’ where customers have a single software suite for billing and related functionality. That is enhanced with Ubersmith’s partner network that delivers complementary payment processing, technologies and services.


“Companies everywhere are looking for ways to transition from traditional billing to recurring billing models that are often based on consumption, and Ubersmith is delivering a product which excels at these types of billing for SaaS companies, service providers and enterprises of all sizes,” said Kurt Daniel, president of Ubersmith. “Now, we’ve got in place new features and an expanded ecosystem of partners with complementary technologies and services that companies anywhere in the world can leverage.”

Product Enhancement
In terms of product development, Ubersmith introduced a hosted version of its software suite so that customers have the convenience of accessing the software without having to install and maintain it on-premises, which reduces their operating costs. This provides customers the option to use either the hosted version or their own version of Ubersmith software on-premises in their data center.

Additional product features added during the year include: an advanced usage-based billing framework; enhanced SureTax integration; self-service trial and installation of Ubersmith’s software suite; an enhanced user interface; and enhanced support for smartphones and tablets. The team also added a new testing partner to complement internal testing of future releases.

Business Expansion
To help better serve its customer base, in 2017 Ubersmith launched its first formal partner program with Authorize.net, Braintree, eBridge Solutions, GlowTouch, R1Soft, Schneider Electric, Thought Engineer, Vantiv, Virtuozzo and Wipro added as new partners.

With additional hires in sales, product marketing and business development to support customers and partners, the company grew and moved to a larger headquarters office in midtown New York City next to Bryant Park.

Ubersmith also participated in industry events, including 451 Research Group’s Hosting & Cloud Transformation Summit, HostingCon, IMN Data Center & Cloud Services Forum and, for the first time, sponsored WHD.global in Germany and Cloud Expo Asia in Singapore.

About Ubersmith
Ubersmith is a global leader in subscription business management software for organizations of all sizes. The company’s suite of usage-based billing, quoting, order management, infrastructure management and help desk ticketing solutions is integrated, open and scalable. Hundreds of companies around the world rely on Ubersmith to better serve their customers, better run their businesses, shorten time-to-market and boost overall efficiency. For more info, please visit https://ubersmith.com.

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Microsoft has announced the general availability of its Accelerated Networking (AN) for Azure virtual machines (VMs). The AN can be used for both Windows and latest distributions of Linux. How does Accelerated Networking work? In AN, the software defined networking (SDN) of Azure is moved from CPUs, into the SmartNICs (smart networking interface) based on FPGA (field programmable gate-array). It enables a single root I/O virtualization (SR-IOV) to a VM, which lessens the compute cycles by end user applications. Hence, the load on VMs is reduced, along with the decrease in inconsistency in latency. Benefits of Accelerated Networking The Accelerated Networking will speed up the networking throughput of Azure VMs up to 30 Gbps. Low latency Reduced jitter Reduced CPU usage Supported versions AN supports Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter and Windows Server 2016, and these VMs- D/DSv2, D/DSv3, E/ESv3, F/FS, FSv2, and Ms/Mms. AN was available in public preview only till 4th…
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To protect users from the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, Microsoft had recently released security updates for its systems. However, these security updates slow down the performance of some computers and servers. More than a week ago, security researchers discovered the Meltdown and Spectre malicious actors which were affecting all mobile devices and computers. These attacks take place in three variants- Variant 1 (Spectre), Variant 2 (Spectre), and Variant 3 (Meltdown). Microsoft currently supports 45 editions of Windows, and have issued security updates for 41 of them already. Talking about slow system performance, the tech giant said that Variant 1 and Variant 3 don’t affect much, but Variant 2 seems to have more performance impact on devices. Windows 10 users with 2016-era CPUs or newer won’t see much performance impact as the benchmarks show single-digit slowdowns that are reflected in milliseconds. While the Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7 users with 2015-era CPUs or…
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